Addressing Gangs: Becoming Insanely Optimistic will cover signs, symbols, and solutions. It is an opportunity to learn from a field expert about how to recognize youth who are at risk of being affiliated with a gang, and what to do about it.Who should attend?School CounselorsJuvenile Court CounselorsSchool Resource OfficersSocial WorkersGuardian Ad Litems JCPC ProgramsAnyone working with at-risk youth Danya Perry works for Communities In Schools (CIS) of North Carolina as the Director of Program and Youth Development and has served as a youth / education advocate for the past twelve years. In this capacity, Perry has spearheaded statewide initiatives aimed at bullying and gang prevention and intervention. Perry has assisted many organizations in their mission to ensure academic proficiency, provide a conducive learning environment, and mobilize the community around youth. Perry has co-authored several books - “Preventing Violence & Crime in America’s Schools: From Put Downs to Lock Downs,” which speaks to the need for early prevention and “The Secrets for Motivating, Educating, and Lifting the Spirits of African-American Males.” Perry has also served as a national consultant for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Gang and Violence Reduction Project. This project seeks to provide states with the tools necessary to intervene and eradicate gang activity.
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