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Youths Job Interviews

Interviews are exciting! Especially your first one. Nerves creep up a little, practice interviews begin, and then suddenly you’re at your first interview, ready to land the job. Having some items handy like slacks and a dress shirt always helps with securing a job.

What happens when these items are not easily accessible? Of course, the job search becomes more difficult. Now you might need to find a job that can overlook a professional outfit during an interview, and the embarrassment of not being able to afford interview clothing.

Caretakers are Losing Jobs

In order to get by in the world, having money coming in is a must. All 2020 Reentry Award applicants mentioned money being difficult to come across. Stress levels and priorities in a household shift when there is a lack of or serious worry about having enough money. Many young people witness the challenging decision whether to pay rent or to buy groceries when they reenter thei ...

Barriers Bigger than Ever

Imagine coming home to nothing. No clothes that fit, no wash cloths, no soap and on top of all of that you enter your community in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has added to the challenges for youths leaving juvenile justice facilities by making it difficult to purchase certain items such as toilet paper and groceries. Performance-based Standards (PbS) tries to ease youths ...

2020 PbS Reentry Award Winners

The year 2020 marks the fifth year of the Performance-based Standards (PbS) Reentry Award and we celebrated by giving out more than double the awards we’ve given out in past years. This awards season was a little different: In addition to facing the realities of reentering the community without enough resources they also faced a pandemic. We received 10 outstanding applications ...

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 ...

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 ...

Here’s Why It’s So Important to Create Opportunities for Youth Voices to Be Heard

Speaking as a formerly incarcerated youth, my passion is to educate others on the importance of youth voice. We know it is essential to move juvenile justice reform forward, but we need to start implementing it in every sense of the word. A little youth voice here and a little youth voice there is not going to solve systemic errors, nor will it solve the problems societal press ...

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