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County justice planning official wins national fellowship

County justice planning official wins national fellowship
Donna McHenry will work with National Juvenile Justice Network

Donna McHenryPhoenix resident and Maricopa County Crime Prevention Specialist Donna McHenry has been selected as one of ten national fellows to participate in the National Youth Justice Leadership Institute. Ms. McHenry will study and work to effect juvenile justice reform. The Institute seeks to assist criminal justice professionals of color develop their advocacy and leadership skills with a year-long program of mentoring, education and training.

“The opportunity to train and network with nine other Juvenile Justice professionals from other jurisdictions will provide me greater knowledge and skills that I need to support continued systemic change and improvement in Maricopa County," Ms. McHenry said.

As part of the program’s requirements, Ms. McHenry will work on a project plan to address and implement measures to decrease delinquency and dependency cases in the juvenile justice system. These efforts will support the overarching goals of Juvenile Probation’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) and Crossover Youth Initiatives.

Ms. McHenry is an active community member in Hermosa Park neighborhood of South Phoenix. She serves on a number of committees and commissions, which include: Maricopa County WIA Youth Council, City of Phoenix Women’s Commission, Children’s Action Alliance Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, One Community’s Multicultural Advisory Board. She is chairman of the Maricopa County Regional School District’s Advisory Board. She also has served on the Phoenix 2010 Census Complete Count Minority Outreach Subcommittee, Central City Village Planning Committee, AmeriCorps, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.

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