Georgetown University, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI),
and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) presented the inaugural Georgetown Public Policy Institute LEAD Conference (Leadership. Evidence. Analysis. Debate.). The subject of this conference was to discuss Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children and Youth: Improving Lives Through Practice and System Reform.
The Georgetown Public Policy Institute LEAD Conference is an annual national event that brings together experts and key stakeholders to examine a particular policy challenge and discuss potential solutions. The 2013 event invited attendees to explore the following issues related to at-risk children and youth:
– What do children and youth need to develop into healthy, happy, and productive individuals?
– When children or youth are abused, drop out of school, commit a crime, or suffer from mental and behavioral health problems, what interventions can help them get back on the path towards positive life outcomes?
– What are the necessary systemic changes that can help improve outcomes for at-risk children and youth?
This two-day conference addressed these questions and more by presenting policies and practices that can be brought together in a comprehensive way to support the healthy development of this vulnerable population.
Speakers at the conference included included:
- Sonja Sohn, Founder and CEO, ReWired for Change; Actress (The Wire, Body of Proof, Slam)
- Tim Decker, Director, Missouri Division of Youth Services
- Mark Greenberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Administration for Children and Families – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- J. David Hawkins, Endowed Professor of Prevention, University of Washington; Founding Director, Social Development Research Group – University of Washington
- Chet Hewitt, President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation
- Edward Montgomery, Dean, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
- Karen Pittman, Executive Director, Forum for Youth Investment
- David Sanders, Vice President, Casey Family Programs
- Amy Wilkins, Vice President, The Education Trust