Thank you for taking time away from your family and professional responsibilities to travel to Butte, Montana to make a presentation at the Montana Crime Prevention Conference.
Your presentation covered so many important topics for Montana Juvenile Justice Professionals including:
- Understanding how to more effectively relate to and engage youth and families
- The impact of earned and unearned advantage and how that translates to understanding a youth’s behavior
- How poverty and racial/ethnic culture impact juvenile justice youth
- How smaller jurisdictions can be progressive and develop a first-class juvenile justice system
Sonya your personal story combined with your professional wisdom uniquely qualifies as an “expert” and highly recognized speaker/presenter. You have a talent in inspiring professionals to become more effective by personally/professionally better understanding themselves and the youth and families they serve.
I particularly enjoyed learning more about the work you are doing with girls and DMC reduction in Jefferson County. Traveling is time-consuming and tiring and I really appreciate the efforts you made to help juvenile justice professionals in Montana have a deeper understanding of how to be more effective with youth and to improve their juvenile courts.
Rand Young, JDAI Team Leader
October 21, 2011