You could have heard a pin drop at the 2023 PbS Awards Night Gala as Abd’Allah Lateef, Deputy Director of the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth, began to speak. He was one of three formerly life-sentenced children sharing their visions and stories as part of a panel discussion entitled: “Imagining a More Humane, Fairer and Effective Juvenile Justice System” moderated by Marsha Levick, Chief Legal Officer for the Juvenile Law Center. In the room were about 100 juvenile justice professionals who work in detention and correction facilities, community residential programs and probation services across the country.
IYC Pere Marquette Center Wins 2023 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award
Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce IYC Pere Marquette as the winner of the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for Correction Facilities.
Triumph of Resilience: Ferris School Duo Shines at the 2023 PbS Awards Night Gala
The stage was set, with the music video playing behind them and anticipation filling the air as the 2023 Performance-based Standards (PbS) Awards Night Gala attendees eagerly awaited the performance of the winners of the 2023 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest. Gary R. and Mee'Cour R. took the stage and began. Their poignant and heartfelt original rap song entitled” Another Chance” left the audience inspired and moved
Beautiful Spoken Word Poem from Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex
Among the impressive entries, one stood out for its poignant message and emotional depth - a spoken word poem by Shanteyja L. from the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex. Shanteyja L. chose spoken word poetry as her medium. Through carefully crafted verses and heartfelt delivery, she bared her soul, allowing listeners to glimpse into her past, her regrets, and her aspirations. Her poem not only conveyed her personal journey but also touched upon universal themes that resonate with people from all walks of life.
Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Wins 2023 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award
Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center as the winner of the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for Detention Facilities.
"Heartbroken" - A Rap Anthem of Second Chances from Stevenson House Detention Center
"Heartbroken" is more than just a rap music video, through their heartfelt lyrics, Julius S. and Elija K. share their personal stories that brought them to where they were, but what sets this rap video apart is its ability to communicate that pain isn't the end of the story. The driving force behind "Heartbroken" is the desire for redemption and the courage to face the past head-on. Julius S. and Elija K. use their lyrics to acknowledge mistakes and refuse to be defined by them. Instead, they choose to focus on the present moment and the possibilities of a brighter future.
Young Talent Shines Bright from Red Wing Juvenile Facility
Red Wing Juvenile Facility submitted several great videos for the PbS Kids Got Talent Contest, especially Cody L.'s performance of "Til You Can't," by Cody Johnson. Cody's rich voice and impressive range were beyond his years. It wasn't just his vocal talent that stole the show; it was his infectious smile and confident stare that endeared him to the audience.
Talent is Flourishing from Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center- Durango
The PbS Kids Got Talent Contest welcomed an incredible array of talent from young people in various facilities across the country, and the finalists from Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center- Durango shone very bright. Talent is thriving out of Maricopa County as four of the 12 finalists in this year’s contest came from this facility.
Strong Vocals from Lincoln Hills School Shine Through
As the finalists from Lincoln Hills School, Siuqram L. and the dynamic duo of him and Bryonetae W. have undoubtedly made their mark in the PbS Kids Got Talent Contest. Through their exceptional talents, they have captivated the judges and showcased the limitless potential of young artists. Whether it was Siuqram L.'s mesmerizing vocals or the electrifying collaboration with Bryonetae W., their performances will be remembered as shining examples of talent, dedication, and the power of artistic expression.
Hartford Juvenile Detention Center Named Finalist for PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award
Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Hartford Juvenile Detention Center (HJDC) in Hartford, CT as one of the finalists for the 2023 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category.