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APSU to hold 1st Joint Juvenile Justice Conference on Saturday

Austin Peay State University will hold the first Joint Juvenile Justice Conference on Saturday, April 16 in the Morgan University Center.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the third floor of the MUC.

The purpose of the conference is to increase the awareness of issues, programs and resources available to youth, parents, teachers, college students, advocates, officers of the court and the public to help prevent juvenile delinquency.

Austin Peay State University will hold the first Joint Juvenile Justice Conference on Saturday, April 16 in the Morgan University Center.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the third floor of the MUC.

The purpose of the conference is to increase the awareness of issues, programs and resources available to youth, parents, teachers, college students, advocates, officers of the court and the public to help prevent juvenile delinquency.

The conference is sponsored by the Montgomery County Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force, the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and APSU's Juvenile Justice Grant.

The conference is free and open to the public. Here is the schedule for Saturday:

8 a.m. — Registration and continental breakfast

9 a.m. — Opening session: Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal, esquire chair of Montgomery County DMC Task Force and principal investigator, APSU Juvenile Justice Grant, and faculty member in the APSU College of Education, and John Hall, chair state DMC Task Force and Project SHAPE/Memphis Public Schools.

Morning sessions:

Bullying: Dr. Susan Jones and Amelia Owen, certified trainers Montgomery County Public Schools

Mentoring: Amy Carroll, director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Clarksville

Gang Awareness: Pastor Tommy Vallejos, director of Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education

11:30 a.m. — Luncheon keynote speaker DeCosta Hastings, educator and member of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Davidson County Executive Committee, who will talk about his journey to success.

There will be two different tracts of sessions. One set of sessions will be geared to youth (junior and senior high school students) and the other set of sessions will be geared to adults.

Preregistration is required for a luncheon ticket.

For more information contact Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal at 931-221-7368 at nealm@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger