Division of Juvenile Justice, Jobs, Training and Facilities

Lactation room a labor of love at Ventura YCF

Cynthia Brown wears mask next to painting of a boy.
Youth Administrator Cynthia Brown stands beside a painting donated to the new lactation room at Ventura YCF.

The Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) unveiled a new and updated lactation room last month.

Federal, State and local laws stipulate the provision of a lactation room; however, it was a labor of love for VYCF Youth Administrator and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator Cynthia Brown to ensure staff have access to a space designed with relaxing comfort and secluded privacy.

VYCF staff like LVN Kaitlin Exarchos, who will be welcoming a little girl soon, is excited about using the updated lactation room and greatly appreciates Brown’s efforts.

One of Ventura’s staff psychologists will also being using the newly updated lactation room soon.

Brown galvanized talented staff like EEO Coordinator Lt. Mark Gross, SYCC Kellin Mills, maintenance staff, Business Services, Health and Safety Officer Seth Hawkins and DJJ youth. Together, they cleaned, painted, and re-configured the designated space in VYCF’s administration building. They also added new furniture, a refrigerator and stylish throw rugs.

On November 18, an unveiling was held featuring an oil painting of a child, donated from the Hawkins’ Family Estate for the new room, dedicated in Brown’s name, honoring her efforts.

Ventura facility new lactation room with couches and refrigerator.
New lactation room at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.

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