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Secretary's Message

April 20, 2015

Secretary Daly’s Weekly Letter


Spring is in full force with flowers blooming and birds singing. This time of year in particular is one for many of us to celebrate new life and new beginnings finding hope in the joys of Spring, its time of renewal and feeling of optimism. I encourage each of you take a moment to reflect on the promise that new beginnings bring. New beginnings are the hope that can inspire our youth to seek out the success we know lies at the end of a sometimes difficult and tumultuous road.  

My wish and hope as we celebrate the awakening of Spring is that you and our youth find inspiration in these words spoken by Ralph Blum, “The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.”


Christina K. Daly

DJJ Youth Success Day 

Tuesday was DJJ Youth Success Day at the Capitol and it was my honor and privilege to announce our 2015 Youth Ambassadors during a ceremony on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol.  Youth Success Day is a DJJ event which is a part of the Children’s Week festivities held each year at the Florida Capitol, with this being our sixth year.  DJJ’s Youth Ambassadors have turned their lives around for the better after making initial contact with the juvenile justice system. They have redefined success to prove that it is not always a final achievement in our lives, but can be a stepping stone to something much greater. 

In attendance were State Representatives Dana Young, Alan Williams, and Jason Brodeur, along with DJJ providers and community stakeholders.  FJJA Executive Director Cathy Craig-Myers served as guest speaker and also in attendance were members of the SAG and the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. Youth Ambassadors received a certificate and Youth Investment Award from the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF), which is the direct support organization for DJJ.

Our 2015 Youth Ambassadors are three youth, who through incredible strength and perseverance, have made great strides to turn their lives around and achieve success. This year’s Youth Ambassadors are: 

Michael Guimond-Michael’s first interaction with DJJ was in September 2012.  From that point on, Michael continued to come into contact with the juvenile justice system until he was finally committed to a residential facility.  It was after being released from that residential facility that Michael decided it was time to turn his life around.

Michael is currently attending college at Northwest Florida State College.  In addition to working part time in construction and renovation work with his uncle, Michael began volunteering for an outreach ministry for the homeless every other Sunday, which has now grown to every other Saturday and Sunday. 

Michael spends much of his free time trying to help the homeless get back on their feet.  He provides them with rides to the social security and employment offices, grocery store, and other needs that require transportation.  Michael has proven he is capable of great things and has remained out of trouble and drug free since completing his program.

Latesha Romero-When Latesha arrived at the Martin Girls Academy (MGA), she was angry, depressed and could not envision how she would survive 18 months in a residential facility.  While most of her charges over the years where relatively minor, it was when she served as a lookout for others involved in the theft of several items, including firearms that Latesha was sent to a residential program.  

At MGA, she was able to tackle her issues with strength and insight, including acknowledging her mother’s own struggles with sobriety and relapse.  Latesha’s intelligence and determination to thrive were the catalyst for her success in the program, where she took on various leadership roles. She completed her high school requirements and additional work readiness activities such as resume writing and career exploration. 

Now back home in Ocala, she has obtained a driver’s license, is gainfully employed, and was even able to save money to purchase her first car.  She continues to pursue her goals and appreciates the life lessons she has learned.  

Kevin Speights-When Kevin walks on campus at the University of South Florida this summer, he knows he will be the first of his large family of more than 30 brothers and sisters from East Tampa to attend college.  Kevin is a tough kid from an even tougher background.  His father is currently serving a life term in prison while his mother has also been in and out of prison, leaving an absence in Kevin’s life.  Life continued to spiral downwards for Kevin when he watched his little brother get shot. He started carrying guns for protection, which only led to more trouble and arrests. 

After nearly a year and a half in both juvenile residential commitment and adult jail, Kevin is now accomplishing great things.  He has earned his GED, completed driver’s education, and is employed for the first time in his life. 

Kevin is now 18 and has been involved with the juvenile justice system since he was 14 years old.  That changed for Kevin when, this past December, he stood before the Honorable Judge Kim Hernandez in Hillsborough County and had court ordered supervision terminated. After terminating his supervision, Judge Hernandez then came down from the bench and gave him a hug, resulting in a standing ovation for Kevin and his accomplishments.  While the juvenile justice system is long behind him, Kevin hopes to help other youth like himself realize their own success. 

I would also like to recognize all of this year’s nominees for Youth Ambassador.  Congratulations to the following youth on all of their hard work and accomplishments:

Allen C.; Anna B.; Charles R.; Christopher T.; Cody J.; Devon I.; Dustyn R.; Farhan R.; Gabriel O.; Jonathan S.; Joshua W.; Khadarius S.; Kiarra F.; Luis C.; Maison B.; Michael S.; Mooncref S.; Naomi F.; Quincy W.; Rashad B.; Richard W.; Scott C.; Sergio W.; Shonterrius S.; Stephanie R.; Tanor A.; Tiaundre S.; William C.; Caleb H.; Garrick S.; Aaron P.; Nikea S.;  


Also on Tuesday, I along with Chief of Staff Fred Schuknecht attended and participated in the Florida Youth Commission’s (FYC) Town Hall Meeting at City Hall. The “Teens Only” Town Hall Meeting provides a forum for students from across the state to work with the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet in addressing important issues relating to children’s services. Youth panelists for the town hall include members of the FYC, which was founded in 2011 by the Children’s Week Foundation and is now managed by DJJ.  

Champion of Service Award

On Tuesday afternoon, Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman and I attended the Children’s Week Press Conference to present the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award to Heart Phoenix who is the founder and board president of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding (RPCP) in Gainesville. Ms. Phoenix is the co-founder and President of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, in honor of her son, River.  Her tireless efforts to launch and drive this work has led to success in forming partnerships with the State Attorney‘s Office, the University of Florida, and with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

We began our DJJ partnership with Ms. Phoenix in 2012 when we included the Center’s Communication and Self Esteem classes as a service to our youth, ages 14 to 18 that were on probation. The classes teach youth about how their actions cause harm to themselves, their families, and the community and to help them learn how they can repair the harm.  The mentoring provided by Heart has enriched the lives of our youth and has led to the success of one youth in particular who graduated from high school and went on to Santa Fe State College, all while becoming a teaching assistant for the Communication and Self Esteem Classes. 

The restorative justice concept delivered by Ms. Phoenix and the Center has grown to include a second DJJ partnered program titled Restorative Circles which is used to help the youth, victim, and families move towards healing.  Her delivery of these youth classes, programs, education and training for DJJ, youth, law enforcement officers, judicial partners and our community stakeholders has brought us together as a team to promote peacebuilding. 

Her passion and commitment to this work has been the center point of her life.  The Restorative Circles program and the Communication and Self Esteem classes have become an avenue where she is able to obtain the goal of peace building in the Alachua County community. 

I would like to thank Ms. Phoenix on behalf of our agency for her partnership and her dedication to the at-risk youth and family in our care.

Rounding out a very busy Tuesday, I attended a meeting with youth from the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program at the Capitol.  Prodigy is a research-based prevention and diversion program for at-risk youth ages 7-17.  Prodigy uses visual and performing arts as a way to reach over 3,000 youth (annually) who live in high-risk neighborhoods or youth who have been diverted from the juvenile justice system.  

State Advisory Group Quarterly Meeting

On Monday, I was pleased to address the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group as they conducted their quarterly meeting in Tallahassee this week. 

During the meeting, SAG member Michael Long was selected as the Interim Chair to replace former chair Lucas Boyce who recently resigned from the SAG.

Executive Leadership Reports were delivered by Wanda Finnie, Assistant Secretary, Prevention and Victim Services; Laura Moneyham, Assistant Secretary, Residential; Dixie Fosler, Assistant Secretary, Detention; Timothy Niermann, Assistant Secretary, Probation and Community Intervention; Meredith Stanfield, Director of Legislative Affairs; Amy Johnson, Director of Program Accountability and Caroline Ray, Director of the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation.     

Presentations were delivered by Stephanie Bontrager Ryon, National Criminal Justice Training Center, Fox Valley Technical College (Disproportionate Minority Contact); Zachary Gibson, Director of Adoption and Child Protection, Executive Office of the Governor, and Pat Smith, Department of Children and Families (Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council); Larry Thompson, Program Director of 50 LARGE; Alma Venisee, Executive Director of Invest in Our Youth of Quincy, Florida; and Rose Patterson, Chief, Court Improvement, Florida Supreme Court, Office of the State Courts Administrator.

Prior to the SAG meeting, members received training from Lisa Hutchinson, Ph.D., Project Director, Center for Coordinated Assistance to States. Hutchinson’s training involved the Importance of the Developmental Approach, Embracing the Youth Voice on the SAG and Strategic Visioning and the SAG.

Yvonne Woodard, Federal Grants Manager and JJ Specialist provided updates on SAG Bylaws and meeting structure as well as an overview of grants and contracts and the federal report. All members of the federal team attended the meeting. The next SAG meeting will take place on July 14-15 in Gainesville.

Probation Update

ACPO Denise Devlin and JPOs Jennifer Balk, Michelle Langford and Kimberly Hoff from Circuit 18 attended the Youth Thrive Protective and Promotive Factors training April 8-10 at the Brevard Family Partnership in Melbourne. This volunteer training, in partnership with twelve other agencies throughout Brevard County, was developed by the Center for The Study of Social Policy. Attendees of this workshop learned about innovative ideas and practices to best serve our youth, specifically ones involved with the foster care system. On April 10, the participants wore blue to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month. To learn more about Youth Thrive, click here

Circuit 19 Probation staff participated in a resource hub that featured many of the services offered in St. Lucie County.  This event, sponsored by our agency along with the Roundtable of St. Lucie County, the city of Fort Pierce, and the Department of Corrections Office of Community Corrections, hosted over fifteen state agencies who spoke to both adults and our youth about the services they offer.  DJJ stakeholders were also highlighted during this event including Eckerd, Safe Space, and CareerSource. 

Reform Specialist Lut Clarcq, JPO Maria Mendoza and Senior Clerk Dave Berger from Circuit 20 hosted DJJ Youth Success Day activities in Fort Myers on April 14. The event highlighted our reform efforts and the Roadmap to System Excellence as well as making the public aware of the available services to them in the local community. Several other service providers teamed up with DJJ for this annual event including Lifeline Family Center, PACE Center for Girls, JDAP, Children Advocacy Center, Henkels and McCoy, Eckerd-Project Bridge, Family Health Centers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Lee County Coalition for a Drug Free Southwest Florida.

Circuit 20 JPO Shana Feren accompanied three probationary youth for a community service project at the Upthegrove Elementary School in La Belle on April 4. Our youth cleaned the school parking lot, raked leaves and washed the school fences en route to earning six community service hours for their time and efforts. Site administrator Richard Carter also assisted in the project. 

I am excited to announce that two probation staff members in Circuit 13 have recently completed their Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa. SJPO Shaa’Kira Williams and JPO Ardena Bosely are both scheduled to graduate on May 2 and are both thankful for the tuition waivers that paid for a major portion of their studies. 

SJPO Aaron Rivas and JPOs Crystal Harris and Shavonia Cruz from Circuit 9 teamed up with Clarita’s House Outreach Ministry in Osceola County to host a community car wash to raise money for the ministry. Clarita House serves the homeless on the streets, in shelters, in the woods, and in motels around Orange and Osceola counties. They provide groceries, clothing and personal care items for those homeless families with children. Currently, there are over 3,000 registered homeless children in Osceola County alone, and many of them live in an abandoned hotel complex along US 192 near the Walt Disney World Resort.      

Last Wednesday, students from the AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute traveled to the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee to learn about how state government works. They met with legislators and attended a session of the Florida House to see a bill being debated. They also met with their state representative Jay Trumbull and Senator Greg Evers, who is pictured left. The legislators were very interested in what type of careers they intended on pursuing. Later on that day, I met them for lunch at the Capitol and was very impressed with their enthusiasm and engagement in the legislative process.       


JPOS Paul Armstrong and Secretary Specialist Lisa Shaw were in Key Colony Beach on April 9 to receive a proclamation from Mayor Jerry Ellis recognizing the day as Youth Success Day. Also in attendance were members of the city commission and members from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 

Pictured from left: Amber Whiteman, Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept. Juvenile Services Program Counselor; Nat Whitehouse MCSO, Juvenile Services Program Counselor; Mayor Jerry Ellis; Sheriff of Monroe County Rick Ramsay, JPOS Paul Armstrong; DJJ Secretary Specialist Lisa Shaw.

Probation Staff from Circuit 16 participated in two “Color My World,” events in accordance with Florida Children’s Week and DJJ’s Youth Success Day. On April 13, Probation and Detention staff and eleven probationary youth gathered at Indigenous Park in Key West to paint individual tiles for several large murals. Also on hand were members of the Monroe County Drug Court and the Department of Children and Families. The youth enjoyed pizza and treats while painting the tiles for the murals which will be placed in several offices in and around Key West.

On April 15, DJJ staff teamed up with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and other volunteers to create a “Color My World” mural in Tavernier. Two murals were made by placing individual tiles on a piece of plywood. The murals were created by the wife of JPOS Paul Armstrong.

JPOs Tonya Posey, Shanea Walk, Gwendolyn Wright, Mike Shoemaker, and Melanie Phelps from Circuit 6 worked with the students at the PACE Center for Girls to create thank you cards for our local veterans in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday.  The heart-felt sentiments written by the students conveyed thoughtfulness, gratefulness, and appreciation for the accomplishments of America’s heroes.

Probation staff members in Circuit 17 celebrated Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 10 with their children and grandchildren. They shared their career experiences, took a tour of the courtrooms and the Juvenile Assessment Center. This day was an opportunity for the children to learn about the daily operations inside the probation office, and the children really enjoyed themselves. 

Several Probation staff members from Circuit 12, including Administrative Assistant Bridget Rumph pictured here volunteered to read to a group of youngsters at the Wee World preschool in Manatee County. This event was a part of the Early Learning Coalition reading program at area preschools and is in coordination with Children’s Week. 

JPOS Harold Garves and JPO Kimberly Myers gave a presentation to a criminal justice class at St. Leo University on April 1. Harold and Kimberly spoke to eager students about the Juvenile justice Disposition Matrix, Roadmap to System Excellence, violation reports, and the Pasco Youth Community Resource guide. The professor of the class, Debbie Mims, sent a letter of appreciation to Circuit 6 CPO Adrienne Conwell for allowing Harold and Kimberly to come speak to the class which you can read below: 

April 1, 2015 

Adrienne Conwell

Chief Probation Officer

955 26th Street South

St. Petersburg, FL  33712 

Ms. Conwell,

On behalf of On behalf of the Criminal Justice Department of Saint Leo University and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to commend Supervisor Harold Garves and JPO Kimberly Myers for taking the time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge and experiences to the students of Saint Leo University.

Their presentation to the students at Saint Leo University’s CRM 370 Juvenile Justice class was both informative and educational. Their explanation of the Juvenile justice Disposition Matrix, “Roadmap to Excellence” system, violation reports, and Pasco Youth Community Resource guide was very beneficial in explaining the various components associated with the many services that are available and what is being done in the community to help get and keep youth on the right track to success. 

Having the paperwork for students to see and read was advantageous in allowing the students to actually see the material first hand with written instructions and mandates.

The knowledge they received from their presentation is something they cannot get from a textbook.

The feedback from the students was impressive; they truly felt the presentation was exactly on target for their academic and future employment possibilities.  Both Supervisor Garves and JPO Myers are truly an asset to your organization and I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that we appreciate their service. 


Debbie Mims

The Prevention Assessment Tool trainers met this week to review updates to the PAT curriculum and new materials for trainees across the state. All the trainers spent time discussing the new documents and outlining plans for ongoing sustainability of the PAT.

Pictured: Amy Greenwald (seated, center top) conducts PAT update training with Prevention specialists and PAT trainers.

Detention Update

Headquarters staff from the Office of Detention Services along with members from the Office of Staff Development and Training held a detention services training coordinator workshop at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway last week. This meeting rolled out a statewide training plan for detention services and featured interactive training topics that included: The roles and responsibilities of a training coordinator, the importance of ensuring consistent quality training delivery throughout the state, the principles of coaching and building a better officer.

The following employees are to be commended for their commitment to ensuring quality training is delivered to all detention employees.

Brandon Gray

Broward (Ft. Lauderdale)

Angelina Buenano

Collier (Naples)

Denise Cannon

Miami-Dade (Miami)

Terrance Lopez

Monroe (Key West)

Marlo Smith

Palm Beach (West Palm Beach)

Tonya Gittens

St. Lucie (Ft. Pierce)

Johnny Young

SW FL (Ft. Myers)

Michele Brandon

South Region (Ft. Myers)

Tonya Hampton

Alachua (Gainesville)

Caitlinmae Jed

Bay (Panama City)

Celeste Cruse

Duval (Jacksonville)

Janice Williams

Escambia (Pensacola)

Turquoise Huewitt

Leon (Tallahassee)

Shandricka Dowdy

Marion (Ocala)

Regina Berry

Okaloosa (Crestview)

Arnica Wilson

Volusia (Daytona Beach)

Christi Stua

North Region (Ocala)

Michelle Lewis

Brevard (Cocoa)

William Averhart

Hillsborough (Tampa)

Randi Greene

Manatee (Bradenton)

Dawn Perkins

Orange (Orlando)

Carla Craig-Wright

Pasco (San Antonio)

Bridget Letthand

Pinellas (Clearwater)

Liz Dustin

Central Region (Tampa)

Maureen Honan

Headquarters (Tallahassee)


The Duval RJDC hosted Ms. Tonier Cain last week for Trauma Informed Care training. Tonier, who is the subject of the newly released book “Healing Neen,” shared her life story with the officers at Duval and spoke on the consequences that untreated trauma has on individuals. The officers really enjoyed this training because it gave them a better understanding of the troubled youth in the juvenile justice system and gave them a different look at how we treat our youth.

JJDO II Tawny Mangiaracina from the Bay RJDC continues to come up with fun and interesting arts and crafts ideas for the youth at the facility. Just before Easter, Tawny worked with our youth to paint these cardboard eggs seen in the pictures here. The youth used bright colors and their imaginations to create these decorations to help usher in Easter and the beginning of Spring. JJDO I Brittany Johnson also assisted in the creation of the art projects. 

Residential Update




Last month, the Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility (PBJCF), a high-risk program for males, ages 13 to 18, which is operated by Youth Services International, Inc., celebrated nine residents who earned First Aid and CPR Certification through the National Safety CouncilAssistant Facility Administrator of Programs Shantia Daniels, who is a certified instructor, taught the class.  Their treatment teams selected the nine participating students.

This certification will assist the students in obtaining employment upon release from commitment.  The young men also learned valuable skills that they can use in an emergency.  The graduates of the class expressed how excited they were to participate in the certification process and spoke openly about how they now feel prepared to handle a first aid or CPR emergency should they ever have to apply the skills they learned in an attempt to save another human life. 

Furthermore, they learned how they can serve as another set of eyes and ears while in the program just in case one of their fellows displays any warning sign of distress. 

The program hopes to provide the certification course for the residents every other month in order to increase the number of program residents who earn certification.

Additionally in March, the staff of PBJCF visited the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach.  The PBJCF staff provided every pediatric patient with an Easter basket full of treats. 

The residents of PBJCF—as part of the program’s restorative justice efforts and its efforts to increase community involvement for the boys—created special treats for the patients and put together the baskets. 

The event proved to be a very gratifying experience for the PBJCF residents and for the staff members who delivered them.  The faces of the young patients lit up with joy and the staff who spent time with the kids enjoyed spreading messages of hope and cheer.  

The Miami Youth Academy (MYA), a non-secure program for males, ages 14 to 18, which is operated by G4S Youth Services, LLC, embraces the opportunity to demonstrate the positive attributes of empathy, concern and compassion for and to others—especially family, mentors and volunteers. 

Last month, the program celebrated its first 2015 Family Fun Day with 17 of the 24 youth families, totaling 55 visitors and 7 volunteers who participated in a fun-filled day with their son or protégé.  MYA hosted the families in comfortable outdoor spaces, encouraging interactions with the residents through many different games and music thanks to the MYA staff and volunteers.

Special thanks go to the MYA foodservices staff, the MYA students in the culinary arts vocational program, and to JFJ Global Ministries and volunteers from the Riverside Baptist Church of Kendall.  The youth and their families enjoyed special fellowship with one another, healthy competitions, and good food.

MYA support staff readily assisted each family with an update on each boy’s progress and challenges.  MYA proudly provides multi-lingual staff to ensure good communications with family members whose primary language is Spanish or Créole. 

Throughout the day of activities, staff teamed up with youth or family members to compete for certificates from relay races, touch football, three-point basketball shooting, Ping-Pong™ (table tennis), and water balloon toss—where a few staff members good naturedly took getting wet.

The MYA family includes Rocco, the resident dog, who was friendly, loving, and playful.  He enjoyed the company and playing with the residents’ family members.  Several MYA students and staff members care for Rocco, ensuring the he is happy and healthy.  Rocco brings joy and calm to all youth and staff every day.

Also in March, five MYA Champions were risk-assessed to travel off-campus with MYA staff in order to interact and fellowship with youth and adults of Riverside Baptist Church of Kendall.  Through JFJ Global Ministries and its Steadfast Mentoring program, Riverside Baptist Church has embraced the opportunity to develop meaningful and impactful relations with the Champions of MYA.

The MYA first-ever community access to a Friday night youth ministry event was a tremendous experience for the youth and the faith-based partners.  The MYA boys interacted with the adult and youth church members, playing various games and eating pizza, chips and soft drinks before and after a tremendous fellowship led by Pastor Jimmy LaBello, who also is a volunteer for MYA.  His message, “Your Inner Circle,” was fitting for the MYA Champions, cautioning the youth about choosing wisely those with whom they develop close relationships who may influence them.  

PREA Update

Congratulations to the following programs for passing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Audit:

  • Alachua Academy;
  • Marion Juvenile Detention Center;
  • Marion Youth Academy;
  • Union Juvenile Residential Facility; and
  • Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Completed PREA audit reports are posted on the Department’s Web site which you can view by clicking here.

Prevention Update

DJJ Faith Coordinator Craig Swain along with members of the Circuit 2 Faith Community attended a Faith Network and Community Leaders meeting on April 15 at City Church in Tallahassee. The purpose of this meeting was to establish a unified effort while mobilizing the masses towards a common vision. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum informed attendees of the initiatives within his office and solicited the help of the faith community to address a variety of issues affecting Tallahassee such as crime, lack of employment opportunities, and much more.

Pictured from left to right: Pastor Quincy Griffin, Family Worship and Praise Center; Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; DJJ Faith Coordinator Craig Swain; and Pastor Gary Montgomery of Living Stones International 

DJJ Stakeholders Pastor Gary Montgomery and his wife Josephine from Living Stones International received the Champion of Service Award from Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet on April 14. Governor Scott said, “From individuals who have given selflessly of their own time to companies that prioritize philanthropy, Florida truly is a state of volunteers. Today we see first-hand how services changes communities and provides leadership skills to those who serve. This is an excellent way to celebrate Florida Volunteer Month and encourage service in others.” 

Living Stones is a children and family outreach organization hosting quarterly special bonding visits between children and their incarcerated parents. Living Stones also offers after school tutoring program, and mentoring. 

In 2007, Living Stones International (LSI) was established as a faith-based children and family outreach and social service organization working with "children of inmates and their families."  LSI's programs and services teach fathers and mothers how to be better parents and more active in their children's life; offer children of inmates the tools to overcome obstacles and prevent them from following in their incarcerated parent's footsteps; and advocate on behalf of families to our community and government officials.  

DJJ Staff held their quarterly meeting with Prevention providers on April 14 in Tallahassee. The purpose of this meeting was to ensure communications are flowing effectively from our agency to providers and vice versa. During the meeting, participants discussed the shift in contract management to Shared Services, the continued role of Prevention staff in program oversight/technical assistance, Monitoring Prioritization Tool, program site monitoring, ongoing implementation of the PAT, community resources for youth identified with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, education, performance measures/outcome measures, PAR (addressing aggressive behavior), SkillPro, and JJIS/PMM.

Jon Howard, State Director, Prevention & Transition, Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, moderated the meeting. Providers attending the meeting represented the University Area Community Development Corporation/Prodigy, the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, the Florida Juvenile Justice Association and PACE.    

Juvenile Justice Detention Officer Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to the juvenile justice detention officers (JDOs) who graduated on April 10, 2015, in a ceremony at DJJ HQ in Tallahassee. Thanks to Brian D. Berkowitz, DJJ General Counsel, for delivering the graduation address. Kudos to SD&T Senior Learning Consultant Duane Pace and Statewide Review and SD&T Learning Consultant Barbara Campbell, who trained the officers for this position of critical responsibility. The officers will work in the facility listed next to their names.

Front row (left to right):  Anna Montano–St Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center; Americus McAlpin–Bay RJDC; Ria Maharaj–St Lucie RJDC; Sabrina Smith–Leon RJDC; Britney Sandoval–St Lucie RJDC; Shalyn Drost–Monroe RJDC; Lee Terry–Bay RJDC; Roy Steadman–Alachua RJDC

Second row:  Timothy Connolly–Marion RJDC; Christopher Haywood–Duval RJDC; Leo Franklin–Duval RJDC; Christina Joseph–Marion RJDC; Terrel Percell–Duval RJDC; Iloner Fleurant–St Lucie RJDC; Charles Conner–Duval RJDC

Third row:  Brian Boatwright–Marion RJDC; Marion Burgess–Duval RJDC; Thyron Brown–Marion RJDC; Alvinus Charles–Escambia RJDC; Decario Bruce–Leon RJDC; Anthony Warren–Escambia RJDC; Tyrone Patterson–Escambia RJDC; Gregory Wilson–Duval RJDC