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DJJ Joins Children’s Week to Celebrate Youth Success Day at the Capitol

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Tallahassee -- Emphasizing the success that the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), its partners and providers have in turning around the lives of Florida's at-risk and troubled children, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp today joined DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. and two adults who successfully transitioned out of the juvenile justice system at the Capitol to celebrate DJJ Youth Success Day.

"Community partnerships and volunteer assistance dramatically support the chances of our kids’ successes and turning their lives around to avoid going any further into the criminal or adult system," said Secretary Peterman. "Today we shine a light on those successes."

"The United Way of Florida is committed to helping all children. We particularly appreciate efforts to help youth in the juvenile justice system because they have such large obstacles to overcome," stated Ted Granger, President of the United Way of Florida. "The United Way is proud to support their achievements."

"Partnerships are key to helping young people who are trying to turn their lives around," stated J. Allison DeFoor, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation. "We need businesses and organizations to provide assistance and opportunities to youth, to help make their success possible and keep them out of the juvenile justice system."

"There are so many success stories in our system," stated event attendee Cathy Craig-Myers, Executive Director of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association. "Programs across our state provide youth with the tools to make better decisions, re-establish critical relationships, complete their education and obtain gainful employment."

DJJ joined Children's Week this year to share the successes of at-risk and troubled children, and the partnerships that make youth achievement possible. Children's Week brings together concerned citizens, stakeholders and service agencies from across Florida to the Capitol to share valuable information concerning children's issues. DJJ facilities and contracted providers throughout the state this week are holding local events celebrating the success of children within their communities. 

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