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Congratulations to the 2018 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalists

The submissions are in for the 2018 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest and again, there are many rock stars, comedians, poets and creative artists within the walls of PbS facilities. We received a total of 86 entries, slightly short of our goal of breaking 100 in our fourth year hosting the contest, but all showing passion for performing and plenty of talent.

After careful consideration and a lot of video-watching, the internal Performance-based Standards (PbS) judging team selected 15 awesome performances as finalists:

  • Norman B., Marquis J., Jeremiah L., Quinton M., Darrell R. from Bridge City Center for Youth, Louisiana Youth Services, Office of Juvenile Justice
  • Ronald A. from Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
  • Kaitlyn C. from Echo Glen Children's Center, Washington Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration
  • Luis O. from Echo Glen Children's Center, Washington Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration
  • Hailey M. from Geneva Youth Rehab. & Treatment Center, Nebraska Office of Protection and Safety
  • Naudia S. from Geneva Youth Rehab. & Treatment Center, Nebraska Office of Protection and Safety
  • Aurora K. from IYC – Warrenville, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Derrius W. from Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services
  • Hunter H., Braxton S. from Mill Creek Youth Center, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Amir W. from Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Brendon B., Saul C., Marcus D., Matt D., Nicholas F., Alfonso K., Daniel S., Dustin W., Jalen W., Justice Y. from Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Saul C. from Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Elijah C., Jason C., Jorden D., Kai G., Jamie G., Sati L., Elijah R., Treveion R. from Snowden Cottage, Delaware Youth Rehabilitative Services Division
  • Jordan C. from Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Jamarius C., Absalon R. from Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Congratulations to the finalists and all performers. Performing takes not only talent but confidence and commitment and you all rocked!

Next, our Kids Got Talent Contest judges will watch all the performances and vote. Each video is about three minutes long and the competition is tight. The winner will perform live at the annual Awards Night, this year Aug. 3 in Minneapolis.

Thanks to our judges:

  • Nate Balis, Director, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Jozy Bernadette, Contestant, The Voice
  • Sanzanna Dean, Senior Policy Advisor, OJJDP
  • Patrick Griffin, Senior Program Officer, Criminal Justice, MacArthur Foundation
  • Chyrl Jones, Deputy Administrator, OJJDP
  • Mary Ann Scali, Executive Director, National Juvenile Defender Center
  • Marc Schindler, Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute

Thank you also to the many staff who helped produce the videos and submit them to PbS and to the agency directors who supported this effort to treat all youths in custody as one of our own.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 3:20 PM