Press release from the Department of Family and Juvenile Services in Frankfort:
(FRANKFORT) Grayson County Court Designated Worker Lori Majors has been recognized with an Outstanding Service Award for her efforts to improve the lives of local families and children. She received the award from the state Department of Family and Juvenile Services at its Building Healthy Families conference in May in Frankfort.
Majors works for the DFJS, which focuses on the well-being of children and oversees the CDW program statewide. CDWs work with the courts to help troubled young people by allowing them to be placed in diversion programs and avoid formal court appearances.
Crystal Bohlander, a DFJS supervisor, nominated Majors for the award. Bohlander is not Majors’ supervisor.
“There are so many positive things to say about Lori,” Bohlander said. “Helping youth to be successful is a priority in her life. She’s professional and has earned the trust of the judges and community partners with whom she works. She has a spirit of cooperation and is always willing to go the extra mile. Lori not only supports the department’s programs but is also a quiet leader in making them work. The service she provides for the department and the families and children we serve should make her a role model for all of us.”
Majors has formed important partnerships in the community, including the connection she’s made with the local health department, Bohlander said. Majors works with the health department to bring students Generation Rx, a virtual learning tool to help middle school and high school students choose not to abuse prescription drugs. She coordinates with the health department to ensure that youth who would benefit from the program can participate through the CDW office.
She also contributes ideas, speaks candidly about needs in the department and offers solutions, Bohlander said. After participating in a voluntary training for the school-based Individual Learning Plan program, Majors approached the DFJS about the need for a workbook to go with the program and then helped develop and pilot the workbook. The program assist young people with setting goals and exploring career possibilities based on their interests and aptitude.
The long-running Truancy Diversion Program in Grayson County has strong community partners and is successful thanks to Majors’ determination and hard work, Bohlander said. The TDP assists middle and high school students at risk of being charged with a truancy offense because of too many unexcused absences.
Majors contributes her own time to work with children, too. She has been involved with the Grayson County Drug Coalition for 12 years, promoting awareness of substance abuse issues to help identify and prevent drug abuse in the community. She worked with the local 4-H program for six years, during which time many children who were on diversion through the DFJS got involved with 4-H programs, summer camps and scholarships because of Majors’ work and referrals, Bohlander said.
Majors has served as a Grayson County CDW for nearly 13 years.