WHAT: The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), the District of Columbia’s cabinet-level juvenile justice agency, along with the Maya Angelou Academy, the school at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, the District’s secure facility for youth committed to DYRS, will be featured on NBC’s primetime newsmagazine show, Rock Center with Brian Williams. NBC’s special correspondent, Chelsea Clinton, will report on the reforms that have taken place within the District’s juvenile justice agency and the school at New Beginnings.
The segment, part of the NBC franchise Making a Difference, will feature two DYRS youth, DYRS staff and Maya Angelou Academy faculty and staff. The youth and staff all spoke to the personal and scholastic successes that the overall programming and school have had on the many youth that have passed through the doors.
WHEN: Thursday, July 5, 2012
WHERE: NBC (check your local listings for station information)
Rock Center with Brian Williams
10 pm EST/9 pm CST
To view a clip of the segment, go to: Correctional Facility Transforms Troubled Teens Video
During the show, NBC will publish a web essay by Chelsea Clinton and a video story in which Chelsea speaks to two DYRS staff: longtime maintenance employee Carl Matthews and former line staff now deputy superintendent of treatment, Lisa Anderson, on their website: http://rockcenter.msnbc.msn.com
ABOUT DYRS: The District of Columbia’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is the District’s juvenile justice agency. DYRS improves public safety by giving court-involved youth the opportunity to become more productive citizens by building on the youths’ and families’ strengths in the least restrictive most homelike environment consistent with public safety. DYRS seeks to incorporate best practices and promising approaches to create the nation's best strength-based, data-driven juvenile justice agency.