Congratulations to the PbS 2015 Kids Got Talent Finalists

Posted by Kim Godfrey
May 27, 2015

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce the finalists for the 2015 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest. The contest invited all PbS participating facilities and programs to submit audio and video submissions of youths presenting their talents. The finalists were selected from over 50 submissions of various talents ranging from singing and dancing to sports tricks and video art. The 11 finalists chosen demonstrated exceptional talent, creativity and enthusiasm.

The 2015 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest finalists are:
Nicodemus G.—Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility, Larned, KS
Bransen W., Brendon B., and Carson M.—Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, Grants Pass, OR
Daniel C.—Wasatch Youth Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Tyrell J.—Coastal Evaluation Center, Ridgeville, SC
Jesus A.—NA Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility, Stockton, CA
Noah S.—Camp Florence, Florence OR
The Fabulous Females—Illinois Youth Center – Warrenville, Warrenville, IL
Edward R.—Tillamook Youth Correctional Facility, Tillamook, OR
Elijuwon R.—Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, Logansport, IN
Josh C.—Camp Tillamook, Tillamook, OR
Ryan D.—Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, Camarillo, CA

The winner will be announced in June and will perform at the PbS 20th Anniversary Gala and Awards Ceremony on Aug. 14 in Indianapolis.

“I’m not sure what has me most speechless: the awe-inspiring, take-my-breath-away performances by incarcerated kids submitted for the PbS Kids Got Talent Contest or the fact that despite initial skepticism and grumblings about the difficulties filming youths in custody, more than 50 individual performances have been submitted,” said PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey. “Both the quality and quantity of the talent submissions are awesome. They tell me that youth justice reforms are happening, cultures are changing and PbS’ commitment to treating all kids as one of our own is beginning to grow roots.”

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is a data-driven improvement model grounded in research that challenges youth correction, detention, assessment and community-based facilities and agencies to treat all youths in custody as one of our own. PbS sets national performance-based standards of excellence to guide facility operations, services and programs to best serve youths, staff and families. PbS provides tools, training, technical assistance and expert coaching to continuously monitor daily practices and facility culture with performance outcome measures. Over the past 20 years, PbS uniquely has established uniform data definitions and a quality assurance process that creates the most timely, comprehensive and accurate national database of its kind.

PbS was launched by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention specifically to address safety, health and quality of life issues in youth facilities identified as problematic in the 1994 Conditions of Confinement Study. PbS’ primary purpose is to provide facility leaders and staff with national standards to guide operations to best serve youths, staff and families and to continuously monitor daily practices and culture within facilities with performance outcome measures. Over time, PbS uniquely has established uniform data definitions, outcome measures and a quality assurance process that creates the most timely, comprehensive and accurate national database of its kind.

In 2004, PbS was a winner of the Innovations in American Government Award by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University for uniquely and effectively improving conditions of confinement and the quality of life in facilities for young offenders.

For more information, please visit the PbS website: http://pbstandards.org/ or contact Executive Director Kim Godfrey at 781-843-2663.