Every day of the year, Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) staff provide critical support to justice-involved youth. Last year, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) unofficially named July as JR Staff Appreciation Month to celebrate and honor the important work of these public servants. This year, Governor Jay Inslee officially proclaimed July as JR Staff and Community Partner Appreciation Month.
In any given year, there are more than 700 young people in Washington’s JR system of care who rely on a dedicated network of facility staff, counselors, educators, community partners, career advisors, psychologists, mentors, and volunteers to open their hearts and provide individualized care, support, and guidance to them at a time of personal crisis. From providing tailored treatment plans for each young person to creating meaningful employment pathways, mentorship to therapeutic programming, JR staff require immense compassion, patience, and resilience in caring for Washington’s most vulnerable youth.
Their work contributes to a healthier Washington and helps ensure youth in greatest need are supported for successful reentry to their community, equipped with the resources, connections, and tools needed to transition to adulthood.
Thank you to all of our staff, community partners, and advocates for your unwavering commitment and dedication to Washington’s young people!
Check out this short video to learn more about our JR teams and why they choose to do this important work.