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Checking in with the PbS Community

Letter from the Executive Director

How to Cope in Times of COVID-19

From a young person to a young person Dear youth, I would like to start by acknowledging that this pandemic has taken peace and certainty from you at an already vulnerable and difficult time in your life. You are a person. You deserve an education full of quality, you deserve family visits, you deserve phone calls and you deserve to have access to necessities. Unfortunately f ...

Family Data Snapshot April 2020

This snapshot of Performance-based Standards (PbS) data from October 2019 reflects some of the benefits of improving the relationships between facility staff and family members and increasing the connection of families to their children.

Family Visitation, Behavioral Incidents, and Staff Safety Concerns in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

Research by Alyssa Mikytuck, MPP and Jennifer Woolard, PhD of Georgetown University's Department of Psychology.

Announcing the 2020 Reentry Award and Youth Art Contest

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to offer two award opportunities for youths in PbS-participating facilities in April 2020. PbS Reentry Award To join other national efforts to improve reentry outcomes, PbS proudly announces the launch of the 2020 PbS Reentry Award. First developed in 2016 in honor of National Reentry Week, PbS annually offers Reentry Assistance Aw ...

PbS 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Kids Got Talent Contest

A look at how the Kids Got Talent Contest encourages staff and youths in honor of PbS’ 25th Anniversary Celebration.

PbS 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Kids Got Talent Contest

A throwback to the very first montage of the PbS Kids Got Talent Contest in honor of PbS’ 25th Anniversary Celebration. This contest was created five years ago as an opportunity for youths to be creative and share their abilities. Please note that the posted deadline for entries is March 31, 2020; however, we will continue to accept entries in April given the national state of ...

Applications Now Open for the 2020 PbS Scholarship Award

The PbS Scholarship Application Form is available on the PbS website. The application requires a one-page essay describing how the applicant will use their education to pay it forward, a letter of recommendation and documentation or verification of acceptance into the educational program.

PbS 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winners

A review of how Ferris School accomplished their goals of winning a PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for their facility improvements in keeping kids safe.

Available TTA to Improve Juvenile Reentry Programs

Performance-based Standards (PbS) hosted a webinar earlier this week to announce upcoming training opportunities that will be available through an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) project to improve reentry data capacity within agencies and programs.

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