PbS measures and monitors facility practices by collecting and reporting data from administrative records and survey responses from youths, staff and families to provide a holistic picture of the conditions and quality of life in residential facilities, highlights the practices that are effective in promoting youths’ healthy maturation and identifies those that are not. PbS data is reported every April and October. PbS trains staff to use the information to change practices and support reforms implementing the adolescent development approach.
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 this year and with the help of our newly- launched PbS Education and Employment Foundation we were able to support all youths leaving juvenile justice facilities who applied with their transition back into the community.
Thank you to all our donors and PbS supporters. We awarded a total of $5,000, $500 gift cards to each of the 10 youths, to purchase household items, clothes for work and help pay for their families’ groceries. Thank you to the staff and youths for submitting applications. Again, we were inspired by the thoughtful applications from 10 youths explaining how a little bit of monetary assistance for basic necessities will help them successfully return to the community.
All the applications were well-written and worthy of the award. We offer our best wishes and support to:
- Four youths from the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Caliente Youth Center,
- Two youths from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services, Red Wing Juvenile Facility,
- Two youths from Connecticut Court Support Services Division, Connecticut Junior Republic- REGIONS-Staff Secure program and
- Two youths from Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Summit View Youth Center.
The youths we serve can thrive even in times of hardship. All are worthy of this award and thanks to the PbS Education and Employment Foundation and its generous donors, all who applied are recipients.