PBIS at DJJ: Sumter YDC Mother/Son Banquet
Story support from Brandi Mitchell of the Sumter YDC
Recently, the Sumter Youth Development Campus (Sumter YDC) hosted its annual Mother/Son Banquet as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Twenty-three youths were rewarded with special time with their mothers or other female figures for their hard work in maintaining good behavior at the facility during a recent eligibility period.
Mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers came to the Sumter YDC from as far away as South Florida to spend quality time with their family members. Walking a red carpet with their loved ones as paparazzi-style photos were taken, each youth enjoyed the pageantry and conversation with their relatives while enjoying a fun dinner featuring wings and chicken fingers. As part of the banquet celebration, each mom was presented with a rose and special gifts donated by local businesses.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 19,000 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student behavior will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students.
To learn more about PBIS at DJJ, visit /pbisatdjj/.