Celebrating the 2017 Leadership Cohort: Transforming Youth Justice - Building Reformers

Cohort 2 Members

Reuel Parks, Champ Mentoring, Inc.; Kitty Tyrol, Tow Youth Justice Institute; Toya Cherell Banks, CT Center for Non Violence; Sheron Green, CSSD/Juvenile Probation Supervisor; Marlowe Barnes, Our Piece of the Pie; Justin Carbonella, Middletown Youth Services Bureau; Beth Mix, Manchester Youth Service Bureau; Gerard O’Connor, CSSD Juvenile Probation Supervisor; Lt. Renee Dominguez, New Haven Police Department; Officer Vince O’Banner, University of New Haven Campus Police ; Allyson Nadeau, Beacon Health Options; Alexis Bivens, Fairfield County Community Foundation; Nicole Herrington, CSSD/Central/Juvenile Residential Services; Adam Texeira, Department of Children and Families; Jeremy Kosbob, DOMUS Kids; Angelina Wilson, Keepsakes CT; Deb Stewart, Tow Youth Justice Institute. Missing: Geraldo Martinez.

Sixteen leaders from across the state successfully completed the 2017 nine-month leadership development program in November at the University of New Haven’s Orange Campus. The program focused on juvenile justice reform and best practices, collaborative leadership skills, and core competencies such as presentation skills, data-driven decision-making and restorative justice practices.

Participating leaders from New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex and Fairfield Counties developed Capstone proposals to focus on the needs of youth, their families and their communities through diversion efforts such as police-youth-student interactions, truancy, restorative justice practices, juvenile drug court, teen youth court, and extending DCF transition services for emerging adults. For youth already in the juvenile system, leaders suggested enhancing faith-based practices, better meeting the education needs of committed youth, and LGBTQI policy revisions.

Chief, Otoniel Reyes

Tow Youth Justice Institute staff and faculty were joined by University of New Haven, Henry C. Lee College leadership as certificates of fellowship were presented to the cohort at a graduation ceremony. Their agency leadership, colleagues, friends and family were in attendance to celebrate their success. 2016 Leadership Alumni Assistant Chief, Otoniel Reyes, of the New Haven Police Department gave a rousing keynote about his leadership experiences followed by several presentations by cohort participants. The event closed with a reformers’ call to action from Reverend Bonita Grubbs, Executive Director of Christian Community Action, Inc. and Tow Youth Justice Institute Advisory Council member.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers Rev. Bonita Grubbs and Asst. Chief Tony Reyes, with Bill Carbone, TYJI and Eileen Fisher, Tow Foundation

Graduates of the 2017 Cohort II TYJI Leadership Program