DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
Clinton Lacey is Director of the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), DC’s cabinet-level juvenile justice agency. Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Director Lacey to lead DYRS in 2015. Before joining DYRS, Clinton had more than 25 years of experience working with youth and families – 19 of which have been focused in the field of juvenile and criminal justice. Clinton joined the New York City Department of Probation as the Deputy Commissioner for adult operations in 2011. In this capacity, he was responsible for the oversight of a division that supervises approximately 24,000 clients on probation and leading a series of innovative initiatives designed to reform the Probation Department’s key policies while building a host new relationships with system and community partners. In June of 2006, Clinton held a project manager position at the W. Haywood Burns Institute, working in several jurisdictions around the nation with stakeholders engaged in the Institute’s process of addressing racial disparities in local juvenile justice systems. In this capacity, Clinton had the opportunity to train and collaborate with a cross section of stakeholders, including judges, probation officials, prosecutors, public defenders, educators, advocates, community organizers and the court involved youth and families themselves. Clinton also served as the director of the Youth Justice Program at Vera Institute of Justice, where he oversaw a technical assistance project focused on the reform of New York State’s juvenile justice policies. At Vera, he led an initiative to develop and improve collaborative relationships between community-based youth advocates and system based juvenile justice officials from various jurisdictions around the nation. From 1992 to 2004, Clinton operated as the associate executive director of Friends of Island Academy, developing and managing services for 16 to 24-year-olds involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems of New York City. Clinton is an experienced trainer, facilitator and keynote speaker on such issues as DMC, racial and ethnic disparity, transitional discharge planning, comprehensive re-entry services, gang intervention strategies and overall youth and human development. He has conducted training workshops and delivered lectures around the nation, as well as in Brazil and Barbados. Clinton has a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean History from Herbert H. Lehman College (City University of New York) and is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University. Clinton is married and the father of two sons and a daughter.
Rev. Maurice Winley
Rev. Maurice D. Winley is third-generation minister who carries on the legacy of his family. He has been active as a youth development specialist with 20 years of experience working with youth and families. He has worked with the full spectrum of youth in various systems, and settings. As a sought-after consultant on youth initiatives with various community based organizations, in the Greater New York City area, Rev. Winley founded R.E.A.L Solutions for Youth, an activist consultancy, providing real, effective, authentic, and livable solutions that are youth centered, family focused, and community driven. Mr. Winley has worked with several national and international faith based organizations such as Worldvision, Youth for Christ, Navigators, has served a term as Vice President of the National Chaplains Association for Youth at Risk, and most recently was the Chaplain and Director of Positive Youth Development for St. Christopher’s Inc, an adolescent residential treatment facility serving NYC youth, located in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Rev. Winley is currently engaged with the Manhattan District Attorney Gun Stop Offender Forum, and with the NYPD new Collaborative Policing Division’s Operation Ceasefire Initiative. Rev. Winley currently serves as an Associate Minister, at the Soul Saving Station, a community church, which has been serving the children, youth and families of Harlem, N.Y., since 1942 and is a Board member of the 125th St. Business Improvement District. Rev. Winley has the privilege of serving both as a Project Director for ARCHES and NEXT STEPS in Harlem in conjunction with Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc. and has emerged as a thought leader in the implementation of Transformative Mentoring. Rev. Winley’s program was recognized by the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity as the High Performing Provider for his implementation of ARCHES for 2013. In addition Rev. Winley successfully applied to become an affiliate of John Jay College Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellowship and his program received Positive Youth Justice Silver Medal recognition from the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College. Rev. Winley is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Samantha Winley, and is the proud father of his son, Maurice Duane Winley Jr.
Community Connections for Youth
Ferraud Francis is the Program Manager for the ARCHES Alumni Academy for Advancement (4As) at Community Connections for Youth (CCFY). The 4As is a leadership development program for formerly incarcerated youth that trains recent graduates of the ARCHES Transformative Mentoring program as Peer Mentors. Through the 4As program, Ferraud trains young leaders to facilitate groups for youth in detention centers, schools, and in community settings for aftercare. He also leads a team that helps youth develop individualized change plans, advocate in court, develop life skills, and further their education and employment goals. Ferraud specializes in developing the leadership of young people once deemed too high risk to contribute to society. Ferraud is a credible messenger with personal experiences with the criminal justice system. Ferraud is a positive agent of change, who has been involved in youth advocacy and intense mentoring for over three years. Working in roles such as 4As Coordinator, ARCHES Mentor, Youth Advocate Specialist, Group Facilitator and Restorative Justice Leader, Ferraud is able to foster alternative behaviors more conducive to personal and social success. He has assisted many youth develop skills to become productive members in their communities. Prior to joining CCFY, Ferraud was an ARCHES mentor with the Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable and an Advocate with Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. Through education and community involvement, he strives to help his community and his neighbors. Ferraud was born and raised on the Westside of the Bronx and is a devoted father of two.
Rev. Rubén Austria
Community Connections for Youth
Rev. Rubén S. Austria is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Connections for Youth, a Bronx-based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community-driven alternative to incarceration programs for youth. CCFY’s work focuses on building community capacity for juvenile justice reform by bringing the resources of directly affected communities to bear on the most challenging juvenile justice problems, and facilitating system-community partnerships that reduce reliance on incarceration and increase re-investment in impacted neighborhoods. Rev. Austria earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from Cornell University, and attended the Institute for Non-Profit Management at Columbia University. He was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2007. He lives in the South Bronx with his wife Ivelyse and their son Jaaziah, and enjoys playing jazz and Latin guitar with his family in his spare time.
Joey Nuñez Estrada, Jr., Ph.D.
San Diego State University
Dr. Estrada received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He received his M.S.W. from UC Los Angeles and his Bachelor’s from UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Estrada’s research interests include street gang culture, school violence, school-based intervention, resiliency, and youth empowerment. He specializes in data driven school-based models to reduce gang activity and school violence. His work has been published in major academic journals, and he has presented his research at various national and international research conferences. He is currently conducting research that examines socio-ecological risk and protective factors of vulnerable youth susceptible to gang-involvement to create safe and supportive school climates that improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes. He is also excited to be part of the Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools project, which empowers schools to create military-friendly school climates. In his spare time, Dr. Estrada enjoys spending time with family, coaching youth football, attending live music and poetry events, and riding his motorcycle along the coast.
Project AWARE Enterprises
Reginald Washington is the founder and CEO of Project AWARE Enterprises, Inc. Reginald Washington never considered himself a violent person, but when he got angry, he did what most young men do – he got violent. As a young man, he found himself involved in gangs without any awareness of alternative ways to deal with his anger. One night he got in an altercation and shot someone. This resulted in a 15 year prison sentence that would forever changed his life. Presently, he has dedicated his life to sharing the lessons he has learned. He has developed emotional literacy skills which allows him to give back to the community as an advocate for change. Mr. Washington has been certified by the CAARR institute and has more than 10 years experience working with teens in San Diego County. He has been trained by the nationally recognized program called “Hands of Peace” and certified in the Creative Conflict Resolution Program. He is recognized by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Probation department for his contributions with the Youth Academy working with young adults. He is also recognized by California Crime Prevention Officer’s Association and Law Enforcement to promote public safety. Today Mr. Washington works with San Diego County Office of Education, and San Diego Probation Department. Mr Washington also works with other schools districts such as Vista Unified, Oceanside Unified, and San Diego Unified School District. Mr. Washington has impacted many youths and has given them the inspiration and motivation to know that they are valuable individuals and to always make positive choices and to never give up on your dreams.
Pastor Jesus Sandoval
Jesus Sandoval, former gang member, now a Pastor, has worked as a mentor for all generational gang members since 1998. Countless have transformed their lives and have now become productive members of society. In Fred Finch Youth Center he learned the wraparound model and brought it back into his community and church and initiated the first “grassroots community wraparound” in 2012. Eight out of ten participants graduated in 2013! In 2012 Fred Finch Wraparound in San Diego County collaborated with the San Diego Police Department, San Dag, and New Harvest church to provide community wraparound services to under-aged youth on probation and under the supervision of the gang suppression unit. This was the first “grassroots” community wraparound model run primarily with volunteer support in San Diego County. He presents training workshops to service providers, school staff, probation, social workers, parents, and teens on topics including “Cultural awareness with youth involved in gangs”, “How gangs recruit”, “Safety planning”, “The lingo”, “The best practice interventions”, “Generational gang families” and “The real reasons why youth join gangs”.
Arturo Soriano, along with his wife Gabby, are founders of Youth Empowerment, a nonprofit community-based organization leading a grassroots effort to engage youth in the City Heights neighborhood. Arturo Soriano was raised in City Heights, where he fell into the pitfall of gangs, juvenile hall, and a long, extensive prison career. However, all the skills he once used in his past criminal lifestyle have been transferred in his current life in a positive manner. His passion for his community brought him and his wife to give back to the youth and families that most have counted out. He is recognized by top Law Enforcement, Probation, Juvenile Judges, Principals, and Non-Profits as an advocate for community change and a vehicle of life transformation. Youth Empowerment collaborates with Youth Voice, an initiative of the Mid-City Police Department, using a curriculum that touches on leadership skills, criminal mentalities, and how the youth themselves can lead others to be positive members in their community. Arturo is a certified Family Youth Partner through the Family Youth Roundtable. He is presently studying at Bible College through the Christian Service Training Institute, and finishing his Bachelors degree. Arturo sees the City Heights Community on fire with hope for change and believes that collaboration is the vehicle for successful transformation. Arturo dedicates his spare time to the youth he serves, where Youth Empowerment has established a family culture. Where hope was lost, it is now found.
Gabby Soriano grew up in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood and has deep connection with the community. Although she was raised in a Christian home with loving parents, she eventually became a product of her environment. Getting a taste of the streets at an early age made her addicted to the street lifestyle, which brought with it a great deal of trauma, grief, and sadness. Fortunately resilience took over and by the grace of God she was able to overcome all odds and completely change her life around. She now contributes and gives back to the same neighborhood she used to do so much harm in. She started Youth Empowerment alongside her husband, Arturo, to mentor, guide and be there for the most at-risk youth in City Heights. Serving the youth who are getting ready to make the same mistakes she once had, and being part of rerouting them from a negative path to a positive path, is one of the most rewarding feelings. Hearing the same young people who once saw themselves going to prison now leading youth councils, organizing events, and aspiring to go to college is a beautiful dream come true. Leading by example is her priority in life. Hearing her children say “Mom, I want to be like you when I grow up, and help people” is the icing on the cake.
Armand King Beaman
Paving Great Futures
Armand King Beaman is a founding member of Paving Great Futures, a community-based organization based out of Southeast San Diego that provides the tools for people to transform their lives by fostering behavioral changes that promote responsibility for self and community, healthy relationships and positive contributions to society. Their goals are accomplished through programs that provide entrepreneurial training, job readiness, job placement, life skills training, relapse prevention, and substance abuse counseling for adults and youth in need. Paving Great Futures takes troubled inner city youth and young adults off the streets, placing them in the public business and workforce transforming them into productive contributing members of society, improving community health, safety and financial stability. Paving Great Futures carries out its mission by providing entrepreneurial training, workforce readiness training and job placement programs, as well as life counseling services, to young adults (13-30 years old), substance abusers and formerly incarcerated persons. As a living example of transformation, Armand demonstrates that Paving Great Futures is an effective solution for reducing unemployment, inner- city crime, substance abuse, and gang violence. Drawing on his own life experience, he helps other young people develop the skills they need to change the current state of their lives and community. Armand believes that the life transforming work of Paving Great Futures will bring about a more stable community, a reduction in government costs, and an answer to the California’s prison overpopulation problem that affects all American citizens.