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OJJ YOUTH TO PARTICIPATE IN VETERANS DAY EVENTS

11/06/2008

Baton Rouge, LA - Youth in custody and under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) will participate in a number of restorative justice programs and projects to honor the sacrifice of Louisiana’s veterans during Veterans Day week in November. Incarcerated youth will visit several War Veterans Homes operated by the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA), while youth in group homes and on probation will participate in activities in communities throughout the state.

OJJ is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs to provide programs and events that will benefit both incarcerated youth and residents of the War Veterans Homes. Youth in non-secure residential homes and in community-based probation status will also participate in a variety of programs and events throughout Louisiana. The goal of the Veterans Day events is to provide restorative justice opportunities for juvenile justice youth at every level of care. Youth will also gain knowledge of our nation’s history and what it means to sacrifice for one’s country through military service through the educational aspects of the programs planned around Veterans Day. Restorative justice projects provide a way for offenders to give back to the community by providing a service without expecting anything in return, or in some cases providing restitution to victims of crime.

"Veterans Day is a perfect time for special activities involving youth in contact the juvenile justice system,"" said Deputy Secretary Mary L. Livers. "Veterans Day is set aside to honor those who have made sacrifices and served our country as members of the armed forces. It is a wonderful opportunity for our youth, whether they are incarcerated in a secure care facility, residents of group homes, or living in their communities while on probation – to provide activities for veterans as restorative justice projects, while at the same time enjoying educational opportunities. Exposure to men and women who have given so much of themselves for our country can benefit our youth in immeasurable ways."

LDVA Secretary Lane Carson said, "We care for our veterans home residents every day, but Veterans Day calls for special celebration. Getting the youth involved in honoring and entertaining the veterans stands to benefit both the young people who will give of their time and the residents who have valuable experience and wisdom to impart. The seasoned veterans and the eager, impressionable youth have a lot to share with and learn from each other, and the sharing would ideally last long after Veterans Day has passed."

A list of events and activities follows.

Swanson Center for Youth - Monroe

Monday, November 10 - Youth will assist staff at the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home set up for the Veterans Day celebration, assisting with lunch preparation, bringing wheel-chair bound residents to lunch, cleaning up, etc. The youth plan to make a poster-sized Purple Heart to present to the home during the celebration. Swanson’s reserve and retired Armed Forces staff will accompany the youth to the home in uniform.

The Veterans' home staff has asked SCY to choose a regular time to visit ro read to the residents, perform skits, assist with bingo, etc.

During the Christmas holidays, the home has many parties and has asked the youth to assist.

Jetson Center for Youth - Baker (near Baton Rouge)

Sunday, November 9, 2008 – JCY Youth Choir will perform at the Baker Veterans Day Program at the Baker City Hall War Memorial in Baker, 2:00 p.m.

Monday, November 10, 2008 – JCY Youth Choir will perform at the War Veterans Home, Jackson

Monday, November 10, 2008 – JCY youth will assist with cleaning and setting up for the Veterans’s Day program at Port Hudson Veterans Cemetery, Hwy. 61, Zachary

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 – JCY Youth Choir will perform at the Port Hudson Veteran Cemetery, Hwy. 61, Zachary

JCY youth will attend the Veterans Day program at the Port Hudson Veterans Cemetery, Hwy. 61, Zachary

Bridge City Center for Youth (near New Orleans)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 – BCCY youth visited the LA War Veterans Retirement Community in LaPlace. Youth will invite a Veteran to participate in the BCY Veteran Day Campus Activity on 11/07/08

Thursday, November 6, 2008 – youth will visit the D-Day Museum to gain appreciation of the sacrifices that veterans made for our freedom.

Friday, November 7, 2008 - Campus Veteran Activity and Flag Ceremony.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - Presentation of Colors at BCCY Courtyard.

Youth will practice Color Guard procedures. Learning opportunities will be provided for youth in the school on Veterans Day. Groups will discuss honor, commitment and sacrifice.

Alexandria Regional Office

Youth in a group home and day treatment program will visit the nursing home at the VA hospital

Youth on probation will write e-mails or letters to soldiers currently in Iraq

Youth will participate in Veterans Day activities at the local VA

Baton Rouge Regional Office

Monday, Nov. 10 - youth from Baton Rouge Marine Institute will visit the National Memorial Cemetery where a Veteran will address them. BRMI will celebrate a cookout and a film viewing for staff, youth, and probation officers

Hammond Regional Office

Nov. 11 - New Directions (Residential Program for males) will have Probation and Parole Officer Shawn Kelly, a veteran, speak to the youth

Nov. 14 - Take New Directions youth to the D-Day museum in NO

The New Life program (secure care for females) will send a care package to the local National Guard currently stationed in Iraq and send Veterans Day cards to the following nursing homes: Forrest Manor, Hammond Nursing Home, Heritage Manor and Belle Maison

Lafayette Regional Office

Boys and Girls Sanctuaries in Eunice will make Veterans Day cards and take them next door the nursing home next door

Natchitoches Regional Office

Youth in group homes and Sabine Alternative School will write letters to the troops overseas

Youth will send letters to the veterans in the LA War Veterans Nursing Home in Bossier City

New Orleans Regional Office

Youth Empowerment Project – Nov. 15 - D-Day museum tour

Tracker-Mentor Provider - ART - recreation at a park – picnic and games

Volunteers of America – parade and Superdome event with Sergeants

Jefferson Parish Marine Institute – Nov. 10 - field trip to the D-Day Museum

Youth Advocacy Program - Tour of the D-Day museum

Gulf Coast Teaching Services - picnic

Monroe Regional Office

Youth will submit essays to the regional office for judging, with prizes being awarded

Shreveport Regional Office

Nov. 10 - Shreveport staff will volunteer to assist in activities including a Veterans Day Parade at the NW La. War Veterans Home in Bossier City

Probation and Parole field staff will engage youth on probation in the community to write letters of appreciation to local veterans to be delivered to the NWLA War Veterans Home along with care packages

Nov. 10 - Red River Marine Institute will hold a Veterans Day Program. A Probation and Parole Officer will give a presentation to the youth on her recent deployment in Bagdad.

Tallulah Regional Office

Participate in placing flags on graves of veterans

Attend Veterans Day ceremonies in individual communities

Youth at Christian Acres will hand deliver cards of appreciation to veterans in the local nursing home

Visit the Aviation Museum of Monroe

Make personal phone calls and/or visit local veterans

Display the American flag

Spend a moment in special prayer for the men and women in the armed forces

Take a veteran out to dinner

Thibodaux Regional Office

Nov. 10 - the Donaldsonville Marine Institute, Day Treatment Program youth will participate in a flag raising ceremony in honor of all veterans. Members of the VFW and American Legion will be present. The U.S. flag was donated by Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph and the State of Louisiana flag was donated by State Representative Elton Aubert.

Swanson Center for Youth - Monroe Monday, November 10 - Youth will assist staff at the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home set up for the Veterans Day celebration, assisting with lunch preparation, bringing wheel-chair bound residents to lunch, cleaning up, etc. The youth plan to make a poster-sized Purple Heart to present to the home during the celebration. Swanson’s reserve and retired Armed Forces staff will accompany the youth to the home in uniform. The Veterans' home staff has asked SCY to choose a regular time to visit ro read to the residents, perform skits, assist with bingo, etc. During the Christmas holidays, the home has many parties and has asked the youth to assist. Jetson Center for Youth - Baker (near Baton Rouge) Sunday, November 9, 2008 – JCY Youth Choir will perform at the Baker Veterans Day Program at the Baker City Hall War Memorial in Baker, 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2008 – JCY Youth Choir will perform at the War Veterans Home, Jackson Monday, November 10, 2008 – JCY youth will assist with cleaning and setting up for the Veterans’s Day program at Port Hudson Veterans Cemetery, Hwy. 61, Zachary Tuesday, November 11, 2008 – JCY Youth Choir will perform at the Port Hudson Veteran Cemetery, Hwy. 61, Zachary JCY youth will attend the Veterans Day program at the Port Hudson Veterans Cemetery, Hwy. 61, Zachary Bridge City Center for Youth (near New Orleans) Wednesday, November 5, 2008 – BCCY youth visited the LA War Veterans Retirement Community in LaPlace. Youth will invite a Veteran to participate in the BCY Veteran Day Campus Activity on 11/07/08 Thursday, November 6, 2008 – youth will visit the D-Day Museum to gain appreciation of the sacrifices that veterans made for our freedom. Friday, November 7, 2008 - Campus Veteran Activity and Flag Ceremony. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - Presentation of Colors at BCCY Courtyard. Youth will practice Color Guard procedures. Learning opportunities will be provided for youth in the school on Veterans Day. Groups will discuss honor, commitment and sacrifice. Alexandria Regional Office Youth in a group home and day treatment program will visit the nursing home at the VA hospital Youth on probation will write e-mails or letters to soldiers currently in Iraq Youth will participate in Veterans Day activities at the local VA Baton Rouge Regional Office Monday, Nov. 10 - youth from Baton Rouge Marine Institute will visit the National Memorial Cemetery where a Veteran will address them. BRMI will celebrate a cookout and a film viewing for staff, youth, and probation officers Hammond Regional Office Nov. 11 - New Directions (Residential Program for males) will have Probation and Parole Officer Shawn Kelly, a veteran, speak to the youth Nov. 14 - Take New Directions youth to the D-Day museum in NO The New Life program (secure care for females) will send a care package to the local National Guard currently stationed in Iraq and send Veterans Day cards to the following nursing homes: Forrest Manor, Hammond Nursing Home, Heritage Manor and Belle Maison Lafayette Regional Office Boys and Girls Sanctuaries in Eunice will make Veterans Day cards and take them next door the nursing home next door Natchitoches Regional Office Youth in group homes and Sabine Alternative School will write letters to the troops overseas Youth will send letters to the veterans in the LA War Veterans Nursing Home in Bossier City New Orleans Regional Office Youth Empowerment Project – Nov. 15 - D-Day museum tour Tracker-Mentor Provider - ART - recreation at a park – picnic and games Volunteers of America – parade and Superdome event with Sergeants Jefferson Parish Marine Institute – Nov. 10 - field trip to the D-Day Museum Youth Advocacy Program - Tour of the D-Day museum Gulf Coast Teaching Services - picnic Monroe Regional Office Youth will submit essays to the regional office for judging, with prizes being awarded Shreveport Regional Office Nov. 10 - Shreveport staff will volunteer to assist in activities including a Veterans Day Parade at the NW La. War Veterans Home in Bossier City Probation and Parole field staff will engage youth on probation in the community to write letters of appreciation to local veterans to be delivered to the NWLA War Veterans Home along with care packages Nov. 10 - Red River Marine Institute will hold a Veterans Day Program. A Probation and Parole Officer will give a presentation to the youth on her recent deployment in Bagdad. Tallulah Regional Office Participate in placing flags on graves of veterans Attend Veterans Day ceremonies in individual communities Youth at Christian Acres will hand deliver cards of appreciation to veterans in the local nursing home Visit the Aviation Museum of Monroe Make personal phone calls and/or visit local veterans Display the American flag Spend a moment in special prayer for the men and women in the armed forces Take a veteran out to dinner Thibodaux Regional Office Nov. 10 - the Donaldsonville Marine Institute, Day Treatment Program youth will participate in a flag raising ceremony in honor of all veterans. Members of the VFW and American Legion will be present. The U.S. flag was donated by Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph and the State of Louisiana flag was donated by State Representative Elton Aubert.