PbS Prepares for 20th Year Celebrations

Posted by Kim Godfrey
February 17, 2015

We may not have had Sam Smith, Beyonce or Pharrell Williams, but our name was in lights and we had many, many stars from across the country join us to kick-off the Performance-based Standards (PbS) 20th anniversary Feb. 4 in Long Beach, CA. The 57th Grammy Award had nothing on us.

PbS has celebrations planned all year to mark 20 years dedicated to treating all youths in custody as one of our own and promoting a data-driven improvement model ground in research that holds systems of care to the high standards of operations, programs and services.

Some highlights coming up:

  • PbS Kids Got Talent Contest – all youths in PbS participating facilities are eligible to submit video and audio recordings of their talents; the winner will perform at the PbS 20th Anniversary Gala (all expenses paid.)
  • National PbS Day on June 5 – all PbS participating facilities will receive a “PbS Celebration Kit” to create a fun event to celebrate PbS successes and stories. We will collect and share pictures of the various celebrations from across the country.
  • PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner videos – the three winning facilities will receive a short video produced by PbS to honor the individuals and efforts that led to the winning improvement to facility quality of life and conditions of confinement.

Achieving 20 years of anything is very significant. Two decades have built the foundation for what’s ahead. For PbS, we are fully grounded in our values and mission to challenge juvenile justice agencies and facilities to achieve the best possible outcomes for youths, staff, families and communities. We have grown steadily over the years, developing PbS to meet the needs of the field and enhancing PbS to align with research and technology. We have a lot to celebrate and I look forward to a very special year of PbS.

Reception for training
Reception for the 2015 State/Agency Coordinators Training