New Virtual Series to Highlight Justice System and Policing Alternatives

Aug 7, 2020 -- A virtual three-part national symposium will present alternatives to the kinds of  traditional policing, probation, placement, and parole approaches that have perpetuated systemic injustice. On the Road to Unlocked!: Investing in Our Children and Communities is hosted by The Social Justice Initiative of Bryn Mawr College and Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., an alternative to youth incarceration and out-of-home placement.

Session one of the series takes place 12:00 pm-1:30 pm (ET), Thursday, August 20. Youth First Initiative Policy Director Carmen Daugherty is the session moderator. Daugherty supports state-based campaigns by developing policy options, reviewing legislation, proposed budgets, and creating state and national reports on youth incarceration. 

Speakers include: 

  • Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO of the St. Louis, MO-based Deaconess Foundation -- In 2014, the governor of Missouri appointed Rev. Wilson to co-chair the Ferguson Commission to study the underlying conditions that impede progress, equality and safety and make policy recommendations following the police shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr.
  • Shadoe Tarver, Associate Director of Community Safety with Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) in Brooklyn. SOS works to prevent gun violence in Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods by mediating conflicts that may end in gun violence and acting as peer counselors to the people who are at risk of perpetrating or being victimized by violence. It is NYC's first and longest standing Cure Violence Site.
  • Seventeen-year-old Travontay (“Tray”) – Tray received intensive community-based mentoring and wraparound services from YAP as an alternative to youth incarceration. 

Following the panelists’ presentations on effective community safety alternatives, Daugherty will open the discussion to questions from attendees.

Note: This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states. 

Register for the Aug. 20 session here

For more information, contact:

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