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Channeling the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul at IYC Warrenville

The focus of this 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight is a performance from IYC Warrenville, where one talented artist gave a powerful rendition of Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama”. It’s no easy task to perform a hit song from the iconic singer widely known as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”, never mind an a cappella version. Yet the artist had the Selection Committ ...

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Creative and Empowering Art and Lyrics from Downeast Maine

This 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight is on Long Creek Youth Development Center, where two talented artists submitted impressive performances, wowing the Selection Committee. Singing a song titled “I am the Future,” the artist opened the performance with the words “Somali Barbie” inscribed against a backdrop framed with the signature stars and colors from th ...

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Mt. Meigs Campus Selected as Finalist for the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Mt. Meigs Campus, located in Montgomery County, Alabama, was selected as a finalist in the corrections category for the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award. The 780-acre campus, with an average daily male population of 112 residents aged 13-18, has a dedicated staff who’ve worked diligently over the last several years to transform an old correctional facility and approaches to a ...

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PbS J. Russell "Russ" Jennings Scholarship Award Recipients

They are the future owners of a farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on food that energizes the body and mind, a new eatery to be called “Boog’s Burgers” and a welding company that employs at-risk adults to help them get hands on experience. Together Memphis M., Alejandro C. and Devin S. are the first recipients of the PbS J. Russell “Russ” Jennings Scholarship Award, headed o ...

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Uplifting and Inspiring Ukulele Vibes from the Aloha State

This 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Spotlight sets its sights on a duo from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility. The pair performed an original song titled “Bruddas,” a catchy, upbeat tune you’re likely to find yourself humming along to, possibly even hours after you’ve finished listening. The duo chose to keep the focus of the performance on the strumming hand of the ukulele pla ...

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A Trio from Ferris School Sing about their Commitment to Change

Three talented artists presenting a group original song titled “Make A Change” are the spotlight of this 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Finalist blog. The performance opens with the trio seated in chairs, talking to a Ferris School staff member about their upcoming release dates. “What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you get home?” the staff member asks, to which all three ...

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Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility Selected as Finalist for the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), a co-ed facility with an average daily population of 22 residents aged 12-19, was selected as a finalist in the corrections category for the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for their outstanding work in improving health outcomes, specifically the intake screening process. Based on results from their first PbS data collection re ...

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The Weather Ambassador Takes On Climate Change In Multnomah County

A creative, original song titled, “Weather Ambassador,” from the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center is the focus of this 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight. Opening with a simple and elegant guitar strum, the rhythmic, nearly hypnotizing voice of the artist blends with a background track to deliver a song that one Selection Committee member calls, “A total Vibe!”

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Lyrical Voices Join In Perfect Melody With A Powerful Message

This 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight features two talented artists from Copper Lake/Lincoln Hills School, Wisconsin Division of Juvenile Corrections. Paired up for a duo original song titled “In the Night,” these young singers backed by the sound of a soulful, tender piano arrangement wowed the selection committee with their performance.

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Juvenile Corrections Center–Lewiston Selected as Finalist for the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Named a finalist in the corrections category for the 2022 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award, Juvenile Corrections Center- Lewiston (JCC-Lewiston) made remarkable and significant progress reducing suicidal and self-injury behaviors of young people in residential care. The focus on reducing self-harm and suicidal ideation became an immediate priority for JCC-Lewiston, a facility for ...

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PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.