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PbS Agency Coordinators Dare Greatly at Annual Training

Fifty juvenile justice leaders from 32 states convened earlier this month for the Performance-based Standards (PbS) annual Agency Coordinators Training in Minneapolis. This year’s theme was Daring Greatly, to recognize the coordinators and leaders who continually rise to the challenges that face their agencies and to provide a network and resources to help them along the way.

Executive Director Kim Godfrey kicked off the welcome reception with a round of introductions and thanks to all for coming together. The reception continued with poster presentations prepared by staff around various aspects of PbS to create an open dialogue with circulating attendees. Program Manager Brendan Donahue, Project Coordinator Patricia Rafferty, .Net Web Developer Loura Coons and Program Assistant Jonah Schennum presented on topics including PbS’ continuous feedback process, publications, new technology and recent data.

To kick off the first full day, guest speaker Joseph Dominick, Executive Director of Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District in Louisiana, led a plenary session entitled, “Challenges and Achievements of Staff Motivation and Retention.” He engaged the crowd with real examples of how he and his team recruit staff and persistently strive keep motivation and retention high.

Following the opening plenary, attendees split into breakout groups to focus on identifying regional challenges and achievements. Within the Midwest, Northeast, South and West regions, participants addressed challenges facing their own agencies and worked together as a group to determine creative strategies to overcome the noted issues. Mr. Dominick moderated the report-out session to provide additional insight on some of the presented challenges and strategies.

Kim Godfrey and PbS staff followed the lunch break with the annual State of PbS Report, to share important project updates about various initiatives and to show off some new survey and website technologies before they are announced to the field. Attendees then split into pairs for a partner activity focused on continuing the discussions from the morning sessions with someone new for an additional perspective.

The afternoon continued with a motivational panel of agency coordinators including Judy Davis of IL, Jack Fitzgerald of CT, Joe Marchetti of AK and Velvet McGowan of SC. Each presented on their areas of expertise, including charity events with staff, PREA, quality assurance and crisis management.

As the Agency Coordinators Training wrapped up for the day, everyone was looking forward to the CJCA and PbS Awards Night, a night of inspiration and appreciation for all these dedicated leaders that dare greatly.

The final morning of the training commenced with PbS Implementation Director and Coach Akin Fadeyi leading the regional groups into another breakout session to focus on staying connected. Each group communicated how they prefer to stay organized and continued discussion from the previous day while determining their upcoming schedules.

As a final session, a panel of PbS Coaches took to the stage to present on some strategies for additional challenges that face agencies. PbS Coach Karl Alston moderated as panelists Russ Jennings, Dan Maldonado, Barbara Chayt, Joyce Burrell and Janice Shallcross shared their vast knowledge on various topics including gang training, leader engagement, trauma-informed care, FIP development and behavior management programming.

To wrap up a successful two days of daring greatly, Kim Godfrey led the closing remarks as PbS Coaches handed out challenge coins to the coordinators. As challenge coins represent honoring and supporting one another, by carrying these coins PbS and participants are recognizing themselves and each other as the one in the arena.

As Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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PbS Agency Coordinators, Coaches and Staff

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 6:01 PM