2016 Southern California Safer Childhoods Symposium

2016 Southern California Safer Childhoods Symposium
BGCA Pacific - West Headquarters, 1150 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA
August 10 & 11, 2016

Boys & Girls Clubs and their community stakeholders joined leading experts to focus on safety leadership and practical takeaways for improving emotional and physical safety during out-of-school time programs (OST). This event created a supportive learning community for Club safety and operations leaders to contribute to building a knowledge and practice base. 

Additional resources for each plenary session are available below to utilize in your Club's ongoing safety improvement efforts.

Opening Plenary: Child Traumatic Stress

Robert S. Pynoos M.D., M.P.H., Professor, David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director, UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Program, Co-Director, Duke/UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Robert S. Pynoos, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director of the UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Program, and formerly Executive Director of the Anxiety Disorder Section of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Pynoos has received the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the 2007 ESCAP (European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) Award for Contributions to the Field of Child Trauma, the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award (2004) from the America Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award for excellence in disaster psychiatry. He is Co-Director of the federally-sponsored National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, leading and coordinating a nationwide network of more than 70 academic and community-based centers dedicated to raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized youth, families, and communities throughout the United States. He has been a pioneer in the development of psychological first aid, acute, intermediate, and long-term violence, war, and disaster interventions, including strategies to address trauma and loss reminders, post-trauma adversities, parenting and family recovery, and traumatic loss. He is co-developer of the UCLA FOCUS Program, a family-centered resiliency and skill-based intervention adapted for military families. He is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma and loss on child and adolescent development, including neurobiology, moral development, and high-risk behaviors. He has helped the U.S. Department of Education in its response to school shootings. www.nctsn.org

Resources for Child Traumatic Stress:

Prevention Plenary

Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Dr. Keith Kaufman is a Professor of Psychology at Portland State University and a clinical/community psychologist with more than 30 years of community consulting, research, evaluation, and program development experience. His expertise is in the area of child sexual abuse prevention and safety in youth serving organizations. For more than a half-dozen years he has served as a safety consultant for Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and serves on BGCA’s National Child Safety Advisory Task Force. Dr. Kaufman has developed a number of key safety programs for BGCA. He designed a Safety Peer Consultant Program and associated training for peer consultants to extend BGCA’s capacity to support safety efforts at Club systems across the U.S. (with BGCA’s Tricia Crossman). Following its development, he conducted a process-oriented evaluation to identify enhancement mechanisms for the Safety Peer Consultant Program. Additionally, Dr. Kaufman developed the Situational Prevention Approach (SPA) for Boys & Girls Clubs with generous outside funding from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. The SPA is a sustainable prevention initiative tailored to BGCA’s culture and practices, rooted in more than 60 years of safe housing development around the world and more than 25 years of successful community crime prevention efforts. Promising pilot findings have led to plans for a national roll-out of SPA to BGCA’s more than 4000 clubs in the near future. kaufmank@pdx.pdu

Jamecca Marshall, MPP, MA, Prevention Institute

Jamecca manages and supports its California Approach to Prevention. Jamecca's role dives into policy, advocacy, research, and program coordination. A native Los Angeleno, she's committed to working toward social justice and equity for communities across the nation. Prior to Prevention Institute, Jamecca served as Urban Peace Policy Manager at the Advancement Project, working in a variety of research, and advocacy roles to manage Urban Peace's violence reduction policy framework, which approached crime and violence as a public health issue. She formerly held the role of the Director of Programs and Development at Team SAFE-T: A California Partnership for Safety, and a Policy Analyst, at the Alliance for Education. Jamecca received her AB from Stanford and her dual Masters of Public Policy and History from George Washington University. www.preventioninstitute.org

Resources for Prevention:

Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court (KKIS) Plenary

The Honorable Stacy Boulware Eurie, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

Hon. Stacy Boulware Eurie was appointed to the bench in 2007 and has been the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court since 2010. Judge Boulware Eurie has been an active member of the California legal community for almost 20 years. Judge Boulware Eurie is a member of the Judicial Council of California, and currently serves on the California Child Welfare Council (CWC), a legislatively created multi-agency advisory body responsible for improving collaboration among the broad range of agencies that serve children and youth in the child welfare and foster care system. She is a member of the executive leadership committee for the CWC’s CSEC Action Team, Chair of California’s Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Steering Committee (KKIS) and Chair of the Juvenile and Family Law Workgroup for the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System. She is a member of California’s State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee and previously served on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care. http://www.courts.ca.gov/23902.htm

The Honorable Donna Quigley Groman, Supervising Judge, Youth Justice Division, Los Angeles County Juvenile Court

Judge Donna Quigley Groman has been a judicial officer since 1997. She is presently assigned to the Los Angeles County Juvenile Delinquency Court as Supervising Judge of the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center in South Los Angeles. Prior assignments include criminal and juvenile dependency. Judge Groman was named the California Judges Association Juvenile Court Judge of the Year for 2012. Judge Groman is active in judicial education and serves as faculty to the Center for Judicial Education and Research in California, teaching juvenile delinquency law and related topics to judges statewide. In addition to being a courtroom judge, Judge Groman is implementing best practices and creating systemic change in the juvenile justice system. Some of the issues she has addressed include: Domestic minor sex trafficking (“STAR” Collaborative Court”), successful re-entry from probation facilities, reducing the school to prison pipeline through intake revision and implementation of restorative justice practices, school-based arrest reform, school discipline as it impacts probation youth, parent engagement, extended foster care and independent living services for youth aging out of the system, permanency planning for probation youth, and child-parent domestic violence. Judge Groman was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended New York City Public Schools. She was a member of varsity basketball and softball teams both in high school and college, and played rugby on UCLA’s club team. Judge Groman graduated with a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Stony Brook in 1976, and with a J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law in 1979. Judge Groman has served as a lawyer then a judge in the field of juvenile law for approximately 28 years. http://www.courts.ca.gov/23902.htm

Resources for Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court (KKIS):

Digital Youth Safety Plenary

Jeff Mao, Common Sense Media

Jeff Mao joined Common Sense Education in the fall of 2014. He provides strategic consulting to states and school districts on the effective implementation of digital learning programs. Prior to joining Common Sense Education, Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education. In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education, and he was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). He oversaw all aspects of the program including vision, implementation, policy, professional development, procurement and contract management. Jeff has keynoted international events sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, InterAmerica-Development Bank, and the Korean Education and Research Information Service. He served on the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association for six years including two as Chair of the Board. SETDA named him Leader of the Year in 2013. www.commonsensemedia.org/educators

Sue Thotz, Common Sense Media

Sue Thotz is the Los Angeles Program Manager for Common Sense Education supporting educators and parents to help kids thrive in a world of tech. Sue has been teaching in the classroom, the cell culture lab, after-school spaces, and more. She loves to talk digital citizenship, ed tech integration, and the value of unbiased, independent, trustworthy information to support teachers. Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. www.commonsensemedia.org

Resources for Digital Youth Safety: