Leon County Juvenile Justice Council, Inc.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Call to Order. The meeting was called to order by Interim Vice Chair Deborah Shaw at 3:05 p.m.
Members In attendance: Roll call was conducted by Corresponding Secretary, Connie E. Jenkins-Pye
(TPD-SHOCAP). Additional persons present were: Vicki Cunniff (DJJ), Denise Manning (DJJ), Carl Bennett
(LCSO), Brenda Mueller (White Foundation), Anita Morrell (Palmer Munroe Teen Center), Larry
Thompson (Leon County Schools), Kevin Winship (CCYS), Lashawn Gordon (PACE for Girls), Nancy Daniels
(Public Defender), Ken Armstrong (United Way), Gary Montgomery (Living Stones International), Kisha
Levy (White Foundation), Inv. Scherri Bryant (Tallahassee Police Department), Lt. Bruce Gaines (Leon
County Sheriff’s Department), Wash Anderson (Tallahassee Urban League), Theresa Flury (Boys and Girls
Clubs), Priscilla Barnes (Oasis), Deborah Shaw (Court Administration). Chair Joe Thomas and Member,
John Wilson (DISC Village, Inc.) had excused absences.
Welcome and Introductions. Vice Chair Shaw welcomed the group and stated she was filling in for Chair
Thomas who was out of town. Introductions and comments were made by those present.
Review and Approval of the Agenda. A motion was made by Connie E. Jenkins-Pye and seconded by
Scherri Bryant to accept the agenda as presented.
Review and Approval of the Minutes. A motion was made by Brenda Mueller and seconded by Connie
E. Jenkins-Pye to accept the February 21, 2011 minutes as written.
Chair’s Remarks. Vice Chair Shaw updated the group on changes to the Nominating Committee. John
Wilson will now serve as chair, due to Brenda Mueller being recommended for the Treasurer position.
Positions needing to be filled are: Vice Chair (nominations needed), Recording Secretary (Deborah Shaw
has been recommended for additional term), and Treasurer (Brenda Mueller has been recommended).
Additional nominations may be made from the floor but the Nominating Committee would like to have a
slate of officers to present at the June meeting. Vice Chair Shaw explained that three of the six
executive board positions come up for review/replacement every year so that there are some remaining
seasoned board members to work with new officers. Terms for each position are two years.
Priscilla Barnes made a presentation for Oasis Center, stating they currently have two counselors
completing Girls Circle curriculum at the Palmer Monroe Teen Center. They have worked with over 100
girls since beginning this program. She also discussed their fundraiser in September, their support group
for single mothers, and summer camp options. Scholarships are available and their program is offered
on a sliding scale fee schedule.
Leshawn Gordan, representative from Pace Center for Girls also made a presentation to the group. She
reported they were the “best kept secret in Tallahassee”, as many people believed they only worked
with girls in the Juvenile Justice Center. She also read a testimony from one of their students.
Theresa Flury, new Executive Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs, completed the round of community
presentations. She gave an overview of the Clubs and how they provided a mentorship to youth. She stated they
tried not to exclude any youth, no matter of their delinquency history. They also have a summer camp
component. Their upcoming fundraisers include the “Give $20 Campaign” and “Painting With A Twist”. They
currently have three locations: 2 in Leon County and 1 in Gadsden County. All program representatives provided
handouts so that members and/or others present could contact them directly for questions, concerns or criteria.
Treasurer, Nancy Daniels reported there was $22,275.96 in the checking account. There is still $2,757 owed to
the Palmer Munroe Teen Center this fiscal year.
Report from the Department of Juvenile Justice. Vicki Cunniff reported that there is still a hiring freeze
at DJJ and that there would more to report at the next meeting. As of this point, everything is on hold
until after the Legislative session ends. She did state DJJ was currently looking at the school record
reports being discussed in Court.
Report from the State Attorney’s Office. Eric Trombley was not present. No report from the SAO.
Report from the Public Defender’s Office. Nancy Daniels discussed the fact that there are several
Juvenile Justice Bills being discussed this year (Civil Citation, not committing misdemeanor youth). She
stated she was glad to see the new Secretary focusing on prevention and intervention opportunities.
She also reported that they were anxious about the Legislative events as well, as the PD office may
receive anywhere from 5 – 27% cuts.
Youth Advisory Committee. No representatives present.
Update – Nominating Committee Report – see above information.
Update – Fundraiser (March 18, 2011) – see handout provided by Denise Manning including
Recommendations, Financial Report, and Survey. Great job by all involved and thanks to all that
attended and/or bought tickets to make this such a success. The event is going to be an annual
fundraiser and will get better each year! It was suggested that if we are going to keep the same venue
next year, that we talk to the manager about reducing the overall cost as an in kind donation. The
committee may also want to look at other venues such as the FSU University Club.
Update-Leon County Gang Initiative- 50 Large - Mr. Thompson reported that they are waiting on the
OJJDP renewal decision. He discussed their recent partnership with Zach Richardson of the Character
Center. Graduation will be held in May and the group is planning a low key summer. Mr. Thompson
also discussed a success story from the program and stated they are working on a Public Service
Announcement with DOE. The program will also be giving the graduates an orange and black polo shirt,
a computer to take home with them, a stipend check and certificate.
Update-Palmer Munroe/Restorative Justice Teen Center – Ms. Morrell stated the Teen Center is doing
well. Teen Talk is off to a good start and the last “Be Out Day” had about 300 people in attendance. The
Center has started a chess program and has had 4 referrals to their Restorative Justice program
component. Judge Gievers will also be visiting the Center in the next few weeks. Ms. Morrell advised
that their goal would is to serve 350 – 500 youth per day.
Bylaws- Most recent version was handed out. Members were encouraged to review and send
comments to Deborah Shaw by May 2, 2011. These will be voted on at the June meeting so they
will be in effect for the new fiscal year.
Circuit Board Meeting – will be hosted by Leon County Juvenile Justice Council, Inc. Date is set
for May 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Lunch will also be served. There will be six
counties invited and Sonny’s Bar B Q will be catering the lunch. Ken Armstrong, United Way
stated his agency will pay for ½ of the lunch cost. Council members are encouraged to sign up-
to bring a covered dish/dessert to add to the meal. Watch for upcoming emails from Deborah
Shaw or Connie E. Jenkins-Pye.
Community/Agency Information Sharing.
Deborah Shaw discussed the need to blend programs and overlay services, as non-judicial funding is
often non-reoccurring. This will ensure continued services to the youth in our community. She also
reported on the Resource Center now being set up in the Leon County Courthouse and encouraged folks
to provide brochures to place in the center.
Denise Manning discussed the first Leon County Re-entry Board meeting on April 15th. The next
scheduled meeting is May 27th. She will provide the group with more details at the next Council
Brenda Mueller updated the group on Project Payback. The bank account is set up and the first projects
are set up for April.
Mr. Anderson stated that he was filling in for Mr. Ferguson today. He said that the Urban League was
getting ready to attend the Black on Black Crime and Leadership conference and would be taking youth
The LCSO is also concerned about budget cuts, as anything over 1.5 million starts cutting into personnel
and specialized program areas. An overview for the Youth Adventure Camp was given, and criteria
discussed. LCSO has also set up Teen Driving classes for June, July and August. Youth ages 16 – 18 will
be learning how to drive defensively and how to respond in special situations. Last year there were 115
youth that attended the four classes.
Mr. Montgomery from Living Stones International introduced himself and gave an overview of his
program. Their specialty is working with “teen dads” and “fatherhood initiatives”. They are new to
Tallahassee and are glad to have connected with several local organizations. They also offer domestic
violence and life skills training.
TPD reported they are trying to increase civil citations; just voted on eight new SHO youth; and wanted
to ensure the group had seen the RADAR segment on WCTV.
NEXT COUNCIL MEETING: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Submitted by Brenda Mueller, Member (filling in for Deborah Shaw, Recording Secretary) who was filling
in for Joe Thomas, Chairman