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DYS receives national recognition for reducing seclusion

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has reduced solitary confinement, or seclusion, by nearly 70 percent since October 2016 by remodeling physical spaces and developing resources for additional staff. Their efforts have earned national attention in a new report, Not in Isolation from Stop Solitary for Kids, a nationwide campaign to safely end solitary confinement in juvenile facilities.

 

Youth at Zebulon Pike Practice Safety Response, Help Civilians “Survive” a Volcano

Operation Montserrat is an interactive education program that simulates the safety response to the multiple natural disasters that almost destroyed the island of Montserrat in 1995. Youth are divided into five safety teams: Volcano Team, Hurricane Team, Evacuation Team, Satellite Team, and Communications Team. Through an interactive, all school day event, teams are given "real time" information and must work together to calculate, draw, produce, and send communications to the Communications Team, who is the only team that has direct communication with "Challenger," the NASA command center. Youth that exhibited exemplary leadership were rewarded with a pizza party and movie the following Friday.

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