COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) today launched a quarterly newsletter designed to publicize the good work of volunteers, faith-based groups, and other community organizations striving to transform the lives of youth residing in DYS’s correctional facilities.
Called “DYS Connections” and produced by DYS’s Volunteer & Religious Services team, the newsletter will share youth success stories, opportunities for the public to get involved in DYS’s mission, and other related news, insights, and commentary.
“These groups help our youth discover their skills and talents, their purpose in life, and the opportunities the world has to offer,” said DYS Director Ryan Gies. “Their selfless service to others is inspiring to witness. I know it inspires our youth, and I’m grateful for all they do.”
Click here for the inaugural edition of “DYS Connections.” For more on volunteering with DYS, visit the agency’s Volunteer webpage.
For media inquiries, please email DYS Communications Chief Tony Gottschlich at Tony.Gottschlich@dys.ohio.gov.
The Ohio Department of Youth Services is the juvenile corrections system for the state of Ohio. DYS is statutorily mandated to confine felony offenders, ages 10 to 21, who have been adjudicated and committed by one of Ohio’s 88 county juvenile courts. During their stay with DYS, youth are engaged in programming that is designed to address their criminological and behavioral needs. Each of the DYS facilities also operates a year-round school that offers general curriculum as well as vocation opportunities. Our mission is to improve Ohio's future by habilitating youth and empowering families and communities. Our vision is a safer Ohio – one youth, one family, one community at a time.