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2022 PbS Employment Matching Award Recipients Work Toward a Better Future

Congratulations to the 2022 PbS Employment Matching Award recipients. Established in 2017 to encourage meaningful work opportunities for young people in the juvenile justice system, this year’s 14 recipients will be awarded up to $1,000 to match their summer season earnings.

The award recipients are from the five following facilities:

Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility, Ohio Department of Youth Services, where a young person with future goals of becoming an adolescent therapist is learning time management and problem-solving skills at his job in the facility storeroom.

Green Hill School, Washington Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration employs a young person as a teacher’s assistant, responsible for mentoring others while learning key leadership skills he will use to become a real estate investor.

Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, Kansas Department of Corrections, where eight young people are employed as dietary workers in various capacities. In the ranks are a future writer, a graphic designer, a dental hygienist, a model, a lawyer, a chef and two entrepreneurs.

Kenneth Rubenstein Juvenile Center, West Virginia Bureau of Juvenile Services employs two young people, one in ground maintenance and the other as a prep cook. Both are learning skills they will use in a professional capacity as a future emergency medical technician (EMT) and a commercial licensed transportation operator.

Loysville Youth Development Center, Pennsylvania Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services, where one young person has his sights on a Business Management degree. He is currently employed in the facility organizational unit.

Oakridge Community Facility, Washington Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration where a young person works as an apprentice in a technical program, strengthening his teamwork and communications skills with future aspirations for a career as a youth development counselor.

In addition to extending our congratulations to the 14 recipients, we would also like to acknowledge the juvenile justice, business and community leaders connecting young people with employment opportunities.

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Lisa Duffy

Lisa Duffy

Lisa Duffy is a program assistant for the PbS Learning Institute. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has extensive experience in writing, editing, and content creation for private, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. A published novelist with three book club favorites from Simon & Schuster, Lisa’s writing can be found in numerous literary journals, print, and online publications.

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