Youth offenders from three DJJ facilities participated in a debate to learn how to research, write and "argue" in a constructive, adult manner as part of their rehabilitation.

Youth offenders from three DJJ facilities participated in a debate to learn how to research, write and “argue” in a constructive, adult manner as part of their rehabilitation.

By Division of Juvenile Justice Staff

Recently, three juvenile correctional facilities from CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) competed against each other in a live debate.

The debate was held at N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NACYCF) in Stockton and featured five youth from Ventura YCF on one team and six youth from O.H. Close YCF (OHCYCF) and NACYCF on the opposing team.

The 11 youth who participated in the debate did research and prepared arguments. Each team was required to provide opening remarks, and then the youth from each side were given equal time to debate and refute arguments before ultimately providing a closing statement.

The participating youth were tactful, intelligent and professional with one another as they debated. In the end, a panel of judges decided that the OHCYCF/NACYCF team secured a narrow victory over the youth from Ventura YCF. Special recognition for personal efforts, presentation, conviction and communication were offered to members of both teams.

Staff from all three youth correctional facilities and DJJ headquarters attended the event.

Acting OHCYCF/NACYCF Superintendent Teresa Perez said, “This was an excellent example of youth from different backgrounds, commitment offenses and facilities coming together and showing that socialization skills are vital in our society and encouraged in these youth offenders quest to become successful citizens in our society.”