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DJJ Recognizes Four Outstanding Floridians with Youth Ambassador Awards During the Annual Children’s Week Celebration DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters: “Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders …”
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters presented Youth Ambassador Awards to four Florida residents who either participated or are currently participating in DJJ prevention, diversion, day treatment and residential programs and have overcome adversity or poor choices to stand forth as examples of the success at-risk and troubled youth are capable of attaining.
DJJ Secretary Walters also announced that since she began leading the department in 2011, detention admissions have decreased by 17.7 percent, the percentage of youth disposed to residential commitment has decreased by 32.2 percent and youth arrests have decreased by 22.6 percent.
“We must remember that today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders,” said DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters. “Too often, youth who enter the juvenile justice system wind up so deeply entrenched that by the time they are released, they have few options aside from a life of crime and the adult prison system. We have been working to turn that around and today I am thrilled to present the state of Florida with these inspirational stories of youth who recognized that their past did not have to define their future.”
Florida Juvenile Justice Association Executive Director Cathy Craig-Myers joined Secretary Walters in recognizing the 2013 Youth Ambassadors and emphasized the importance of highlighting Florida’s youth success stories.
“Staying on the right path isn't always easy for young people, many who face family struggles, educational challenges, substance abuse, or behavioral issues. We continue to be inspired by youth who have successfully turned their lives around," said Cathy Craig-Myers, Executive Director of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association. “Their commitment to change makes these youth an important asset to Florida’s future success."
Secretary Walters presented the following 2013 Youth Ambassadors with a certificate and a youth investment award:
Rep. Gayle Harrell, chair of the House Healthy Families Subcommittee, expressed her support of the Youth Ambassador’s achievements. She said, “I am incredibly proud of these young people who, despite hardships, persevered and chose the path to success. It takes a great deal of courage to recognize the need for improvement and consciously decide to make the necessary changes. I commend the young people DJJ acknowledged on their accomplishments.”
Rep. Ray Pilon, vice chair of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee commented, “I commend the young people DJJ acknowledged today on their accomplishments. I also want to thank the Department of Juvenile Justice for their constant commitment to helping the youth in their care develop the skills they need to reach their full potential long after they’ve left the juvenile justice system.”
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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