DYS Youth Brighten Community with Vibrant Mural

DSC_0529 (1) (1) (1).jpgSeventeen youth from Division of Youth Services (DYS) facilities took part in creating a vibrant mural on the side of a Montessori school in Curtis Park July 8-12. One of DYS’s goals is to provide opportunities for youth to make things as right as possible for those who were impacted by their crime. Reconciliations include serving on impact panels, participating in volunteer projects, and working with youth and staff in community service projects. 
The mural project was a way for youth to not only build skills, but also give back to the community and help repair the harm they may have caused. Projects such as the mural involve groups, team-building activities and a clear vision of how each youth is contributing to a larger effort to improve the greater community. The youth enjoyed participating in something positive and special that would be a permanent reminder of the good things they can do.


High or Low Water Pressure In Your Home

The normal pressure for your home will depend on its physical relation to the water source supply. If your home is at a higher elevation relative to a water source location, you will have lower pressure. If your home is downhill from a water source, your water pressure will be higher. Average water pressure for a home in our district is about 75 psi, however this will vary depending on your location.

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.