The civil liberties team of the League of Women Voters will present a discussion on juvenile justice in the community Monday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Coloradoan meeting room, 1300 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins.
Panelists will be Bobby Young, assistant principal of Lincoln Junior High School, Dawn Johnsen, LJHS school resource officer, and Laurie Klith, executive director of the Center for Family Outreach.
The panelists will describe and discuss the various alternatives open to at-risk youth in trouble to help them stay within the community and out of the juvenile court system. This is a three-way cooperative effort involving the schools, the police department and various community agencies.
Young has lived in Colorado for seven years, having completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University. He also holds teaching degrees in Social Studies, Spanish and English Language Acquisition. His stated goal is “to make school more of an enriching experience for students.”
Johnsen has been an officer with the Fort Collins Police Services for nearly 20 years, during which time she has been a patrol officer, a juvenile detective and a school resource officer. She has served on the board for Santa Cops of Larimer County for 18 years. She said, “I have always enjoyed working with young people. My goal as a School Resource Officer is to make sure all students can be successful.”
Klith is the executive eirector and creator of the Center for Family Outreach (formerly the Center for Community Justice Partnerships). With 26 years of experience as a public information officer, supervisor and community liaison for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department, Klith also had been with the probation department, responsible for implementing the restorative justice program. “I will be discussing the operations and programming of the center, substance abuse and mental health issues, identifying the critical needs of families in our community,” she said.
Chairman of the civil liberties team, Irene Fortune, will introduce the program, which will then be moderated by Sidna Rachid. The public is invited and there is no charge for attendance.