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An Inspiring Time at the 2016 PbS Awards Night

Friday, Aug. 5 was a night of celebration as representatives from residential facilities across the country gathered for the 2016 PbS Awards Night hosted by Performance-based Standards (PbS). The night was special not only for the recipients of the awards, but also for the hosts – this year, the ceremony returned to PbS’ hometown of Boston.

Kim Godfrey, Executive Director of PbS, and Mike Dempsey, President of the PbS Board of Directors, welcomed attendees at the start of the ceremony with words of appreciation for all of the amazing work being done to improve the conditions and quality of life in facilities and programs for young offenders.

“You know the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award was started about 10 years ago because PbS was founded on the belief that we treat all kids in custody as one of our own,” Godfrey said in her opening remarks. “The winners tonight exemplify that in the way that they work with their kids.”

The Barbara Allen-Hagen Award recognizes facilities which best embody PbS’ guiding principle of treating all youths in custody as one of our own. Godfrey announced the 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners, Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center and Luther Hall, and each facility was honored with a video that gave an intimate look into the processes and cultural attitudes they took in order to improve the lives of the youths they serve. The facilities were applauded by the 150 attendees for their commitment to developing positive, successful futures for youths in their facilities.

This year, PbS also established the Reentry Award and the PbS Scholarship Fund. The Reentry Award was introduced to assist youths’ transition back into their homes and communities. The award of up to $1,000 is given to youths who have demonstrated progress preparing for their release, and can be put towards household items, clothing for job interviews, counseling visits, transportation and other items to help support youths as they reenter their communities. The PbS Scholarship Fund now supports and encourages both youths and staff to pursue post-secondary education by selecting two youths and two staff to receive up to $2,000 of tuition assistance.

The night concluded with a moving performance by the 2016 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest runner-up, Sabrina C. After some initial stage fright, she decided she would feel most comfortable performing a duet and was joined by PbS Coach Aaron McCorkle in a soulful and emotional performance of “Amazing Grace.” Much of the audience was brought to tears, and Sabrina concluded her performance to a full standing ovation.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, both youths and staff, and thank you to everyone who joined PbS to celebrate their amazing and inspiring work!

Watch the video of the event.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1:48 PM