2nd Annual Summit

2nd Annual Statewide Summit on Juvenile Justice

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance presented 2nd Annual Statewide Summit on Juvenile Justice with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Casper. For more information about this initiative, please call the WYAA at 307.335.9922 or email Director Linda Barton, linda@wycf.org.

Juvenile Justice Research and Information

Find presentations and articles discussed and shared at the 2nd Annual Statewide Summit on Juvenile justice listed below.  

Reducing the School-to-Prison Pipeline – A Strategy to Serve High-Risk Youth

As of 2017, Wyoming ranks 1st in the nation for suicides among children and youth. As of 2015, Wyoming ranks 1st in the nation for youth committed to residential placement by the courts and 4th in the nation for school referrals to law enforcement. These statistics are attributed to lack of community-based options and resources due in part to Wyoming’s rural nature. WYAA Director Linda Barton shared this PowerPoint presentation to help attendees understand this initiative and think about ways their organizations and communities can make an impact. Download the PowerPoint: Click Here

The Prevalence of ACEs Nationally, By State, and By Race/Ethnicity

In this Research Brief from Child Trends, Vanessa Sacks, MPP, and David Murphey, PhD look at the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) nationally, by state, and by race/ethnicity. As their overview states, “A growing body of research has made it increasingly apparent that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a critical public health issue.” Download the PDF: Click Here

Understanding N.E.A.R.

Dr. Jennifer Davis with the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund provided the featured presentation on N.E.A.R. or Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Resilience. The first objective for the presentation was to help the audience become familiar with ACEs and the biological effects on the body. The second objective was to begin the conversation around ACEs and its effects. Download the PowerPoint: Click Here

Dr. Davis encouraged attendees to look creatively at problems. One example she used was “The Human Walking Program” from an Australian pet shelter. See below or find it online.

Statewide Summit on Juvenile Justice Featured Speakers

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance would like to thank the speakers and panelists who took time to share their experiences of putting afterschool to work in their communities.

Dr. Jennifer Davis, Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund

Jennifer Davis is a 2001 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She currently specializes in preterm infants and children with disabilities. Recently Jennifer had the opportunity to become the Consultant for the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund. She is enjoying the challenge of advocating for prevention efforts to drive our systems across Wyoming. Jennifer provides trainings across the state related to child development (typical and atypical), safe sleep, Ages and Stages (ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE) developmental screening tools, and Healthy Moms, Happy Babies (a domestic violence curriculum for home visitors). Jennifer is an adjunct professor for Human Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Medical Ethics at Laramie County Community College. Jennifer Davis enjoys spreading her passion for prevention of child abuse and neglect across the state in an effort to improve family stability.

Judge Brian Christensen, Natrona County Circuit Court Seventh Judicial District State of Wyoming

Judge Brian Christensen was appointed by Governor Matt Mead to the Circuit Court in 2014. He was elected to the Wyoming State Circuit Court Judges’ Conference in 2015 and presently serves as the Chairman. Judge Christensen has more than 29 years of experience as a prosecuting attorney for the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office including general criminal trial experience with an emphasis on juvenile criminal justice and child protection issues. He provided District Attorney oversight and coordination of the Youth Diversion Program, Children’s Advocacy Project and the Natrona County Circuit Court Juvenile Probation Program (Student Court).

Ray Pacheco, Casper Mayor

Casper Mayor Ray Pacheco is the GEAR UP Regional Director at Casper College. He was born and raised in Casper, left for four years to receive his degree in political science from Carroll College in Helena, Montana but returned to make Casper his home. He has his master’s in social work from the University of Wyoming, which he received in 2011. Before coming to GEAR UP, Ray worked for 11 years at St. Anthony School.

Victor Orr, Casper Self Help Center Advocate

Victor Orr has been in the prevention field for 30 years.  In that time he has developed nationally recognized programs designed to prevent violence towards women.  He is employed by the Self Help Center. It is the domestic violence agency serving the Casper community.  He works in several schools in Casper as a community partner and has for the last 22 years.  While there he educates students about dating red flags and what to look out for in a potentially abusive relationship. He has spoken to thousands of youth over the years.  He also runs a camping program where students learn to respect the environment, wildlife, other students and themselves.

Greta Hinderliter, Natrona County School District Homeless Liaison

Greta Hinderliter has been an educator for 27 years. She grew up in Northern Indiana and graduated from the University of Wyoming and holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy from Walden University. In 1999, after spending several years teaching elementary school, Greta noticed a new job posting in the Natrona County School District. The position involved identifying and providing educational services for homeless students. She decided to apply for the job and was lucky enough to be selected. As the McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, Greta provides a variety of educational services to students as well as making sure they have their basic needs met so that they can experience academic success.  She connects students and their families to variety of community resources in order to get families on a path of self-sufficiency.

Traci Blevins, Casper Youth Crisis Center Director

Traci Blevins, LCSW, is the Director of the Youth Crisis Center in Casper, Wyoming. She has spent the past 11 years of her career focused on the health and wellness of youth and their families, while focusing on substance abuse and suicide prevention for the community of Casper. Her efforts have included working with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition and 21st Century Learning Communities Programs, the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force, and more recently, the Casper Area Opportunity Youth Collaboration. Her passion for providing youth positive opportunities extends to providing a safe place for youth at the Youth Crisis Center AND supporting the many excellent after school programs and opportunities offered to Natrona County youth.

 Deputy Michael Scott, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Youth Diversion Officer

Michael Scott has been Deputy Sheriff with the Natrona County Sherriff’s Office since 2006. He began serving as patrol deputy assigned to the position of crime prevention in 2008. With a passion for working with the juveniles of Natrona County, Deputy Scott has traveled to many different states to educate both juveniles and adults about the problems we are seeing in our youth today. He started teaching DARE ten years ago and is currently a certified CIT officer, Crisis Negotiator, and instructor for the Interdiction for the Protection of Children class throughout the state.