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Congratulations to the 2020 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalists

The PbS Kids Got Talent Contest launched in 2015 to challenge the field to extend their commitment to treating all youths as one of our own. The PbS team is very grateful for all of the entries we received this year despite the many challenges and obstacles our communities are facing. This year, we received a total of 30 entries. After careful consideration and a lot of video- ...

Congratulations to the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Finalists

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very proud to announce the finalists for the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award that recognizes facilities that best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths as one of our own. We were pleased to receive applications from 11 sites – all using PbS’ data-driven improvement model to develop and implement strategic plans that changed the ...

To our valued community

The past week has been an extremely painful one for many people, as Minneapolis and countless other cities, including our hometown of Boston, have seen people gather to protest the racial injustice and racial violence still present in our country. It is this injustice that has led to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. The PbS ...

2020 Employment Matching Award

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce the Employment Matching Award is now accepting applications for 2020. PbS believes teenagers thrive when they are trusted to earn their own money. The new PbS Education and Employment Foundation allows the opportunity for more youths to earn the PbS Employment Matching Award and will match up to $1,000 of what selected y ...

PbS Convenes First Virtual Institute on Reentry Data Collection, Reporting and Analysis

On April 28, Performance-based Standards (PbS) along with project partners the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR), convened reentry teams for our first virtual institute.   Designed to be virtual for a larger reach, participants from five agencies in four different time zones attended the training at the same time. Parti ...

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