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Five Juvenile Justice Research Projects Awarded Grants

Five research projects were awarded grants to examine the impacts of race and ethnicity, staff-youth relationships, Covid-19 and education barriers in juvenile justice facilities.

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The 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest is Now Open!

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce that the 8th annual Kids Got Talent Contest is now open! This contest is such a joy for our team and every year, we are impressed with not only the talented youths but the staff that support their creative abilities. We always enjoy hearing about programs holding their own talent contests as incentives for young people or ...

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Honoring Coach Russ: A Champion for Juvenile Justice Change

Russ believed in change – the ability for failing systems to transform and evolve, the power of leadership to make a difference and especially in the strength of disadvantaged young people to turn their lives around. In 2011, after decades of public service in Kansas as deputy sheriff, director of the Southwest Kansas Regional Detention Center, district magistrate judge and com ...

Why Youth Justice Matters Every Month

Unlike many juvenile justice professionals, my role as Program Assistant at the Performance-based Standards Learning Institute (PbS) has very little direct interaction with the young people entangled in the system. Compared to the folks with the privilege of developing personal and meaningful relationships with the youths whom we serve, I am probably more detached from the huma ...

PbS 2021 Agency Coordinators Training

Nashville Extends a Southern Welcome to PbS Folks

On Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, more than 50 of our juvenile justice colleagues from across the country met in Nashville, Tennessee to kick off the annual three-day PbS Agency Coordinators Training (ACT). PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey-Lovett and PbS Deputy Director Akin Fadeyi were delighted to greet guests at the door of the Welcome Reception at the Omni Hotel, before surrendering the microphone to Davidson County’s own Mr. Antonio Bratcher. The Facility Director at Youth Opportunity Investments, LLC, Mr. Bratcher hosted the event with authentic Southern hospitality. While the chicken-and-waffle bar was a close runner-up, the best part of the night was witnessing old friends and new faces come together in-person for the first time since the 2019 PbS ACT in Boston, Massachusetts.

PbS Announces National Juvenile Justice Award Winners

Nashville, TN — Performance-based Standards (PbS) held their annual PbS Awards Night on Aug. 13, 2021, honoring and celebrating the many efforts of our juvenile justice partners to improve the lives and opportunities of young people in their care.

Tons of Talent at Green Hill School

2021 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight: Green Hill School PbS is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest from Green Hill School: two original songs, a group original performance and a moving spoken word performance. Congratulations on becoming finalists and thank you for sharing your talents! View the “Explicame” video here.Vie ...

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Banding Together at Lincoln Hills School

2021 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight: Lincoln Hills School PbS is pleased to announce an original song as the finalist for the 2021 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest from Lincoln Hills School. Congratulations on becoming a finalist and thank you for sharing your talent! View the video here. The annual PbS Kids Got Talent Contest invites all youths in PbS facilities ...

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Work Works: The Value of Employment for Justice-Involved Youths

Employment assistance is listed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as one of the keys to turning around the lives of young people involved with juvenile justice systems. To promote and support work opportunities for young people, the PbS Employment Matching Award was created in 2017.

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Admirable Artwork from Broad River Road Complex

2021 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight: Broad River Road Complex PbS is delighted to call this artistry from Broad River Road Complex a finalist for the 2021 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest! Thank you for sharing your talent with us and congratulations on becoming a finalist! View the artwork here. The annual PbS Kids Got Talent Contest invites all youths in PbS fa ...

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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.