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Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Community & Family Services
110 W First Street; Smith River, CA 95567
Tel: (707) 487-9255
Tolowa Teen Invited to Speak at National Police-Youth Engagement Roundtable
Smith River, CA, May 24, 2017 – Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation teen, Felicity Lopez (19), has been invited to participate in the US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (“OJJDP”)’s Police-Youth Engagement Roundtable.
In April, the OJJDP, in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (“IACP”) and Coalition for Juvenile Justice (“CJJ”), sought youth participants from across the country interested in sharing their thoughts and experiences for a two-day long national training institute with law enforcement leaders.
Of the nearly 100 Tribal youth that entered the competitive application process, Felicity is one of 15 invited to attend.
Born and raised in Del Norte County, surrounded by supportive family and friends, Felicity Lopez has almost completed her Associate’s degree and intends to continue her education in Business
Administration. Joining the youth-police roundtable will give Felicity a broader perspective on issues across the nation.
At the event, Felicity will learn about the juvenile justice system, creative ways to resolve conflict, ways to effectively share her stories and experiences with others, as well as contribute to a roundtable conversation about key issues in juvenile justice and police-youth relations.
The Institute for Police-Youth Engagement is designed to immerse law enforcement leaders in best
practices and innovative approaches on how to improve interactions between youth and law enforcement while effectively contributing to juvenile justice reform. Attendees will explore their role as change agents while determining how to more effectively address systemic juvenile justice issues, improve local response to justice-involved youth, and accelerate progress toward more successful outcomes for youth, families and the community.
Community and Family Services mission: “We encourage a healthy community by providing services that
address the unique cultural and economic needs of our Tribal Family with accountability, integrity, and respect.” For more information, contact the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Offices at (707) 487-9255.