Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Statewide Summit on Juvenile Justice

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance will present the 3rd Annual Statewide Summit on Juvenile Justice will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Lander Community and Convention Center in Lander, Wyoming featuring special guest, Nubia Pena – Juvenile Public Defender from Salt Lake City, Utah. Would you like to learn more about this event? Contact Program Coordinator Kate Foster,

About Nubia Pena:

Nubia Pena, who has been involved in the anti-violence movement for over a decade, will be the featured speaker for the 3rd Annual Statewide Summit on Juvenile Justice, will address the work happening in the field. She served as the Program Coordinator for Racially Just Utah, which worked to successfully pass a house bill to combat the school-to-prison pipeline in 2016. In 2016, Nubia was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism by National Jurist magazine, a leading news source in legal education.

Across the country, school systems are shutting the doors of academic opportunity and funneling children into the juvenile and criminal justice systems by using overly harsh discipline practices to address student misbehavior. Advocates, prevention educators, administrators, law enforcement, and community partners must be aware of current issues that increase a youth’s vulnerability to victimization, exploitation, and court involvement, in order to create innovative and relevant ways of engaging with targeted youth.

Lander Community and Convention Center

Juvenile Justice Research and Information

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.

About the Previous 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. Thank you to the participants and supporters who helped to make it a success: Dr. Jennifer Davis, Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund; Judge Brian Christensen, Natrona County Circuit Court Seventh Judicial District State of Wyoming; Ray Pacheco, Casper Mayor; Victor Orr, Casper Self Help Center Advocate; Greta Hinderliter, Natrona County School District Homeless Liaison; Traci Blevins, Casper Youth Crisis Center Director; Deputy Michael Scott, and Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Youth Diversion Officer. Their work makes a difference to the lives of children and youth in Wyoming.