Performance-based Standards (PbS) participants offer unique programs for youths to foster positive development and teach skills they can use when they return to the community.
Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility (CJCF) in Ohio now offers youths a unique program in aquaponics—the raising of fish and plants in one integrated system. Fish are kept in large tanks, while plants are grown in water. Youths ensure everything runs smoothly by feeding the fish, cleaning the tanks, maintaining water quality and making necessary repairs. A portion of the fish and plants will be used to instruct youths in cooking skills. Some of the plants such as lettuce, green beans, zucchini, squash and strawberries will be donated to a food bank.
The Donald E. Long School in Multnomah County, Oregon recently began a new gardening project. The Health and Vocational teacher shares a lesson in the classroom, then the youths move to the garden for hands-on experience growing fruits and vegetables. There are currently 24 youths in the program, with potential to expand to over 70. So far, the feedback from youths has been positive!
Thank you to the PbS facilities who shared their unique programs for positive youth development!
- Written by Lisa Martinek
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