Why is there a need for a Policy & Advocacy Work Group?

The purpose of the OYS Policy & Advocacy Work Group is to codify best practices and change policies that hinder the juvenile justice system, including coordinating policy related action items that arise the work groups

Voices for Children in Nebraska is the independent voice building pathways to opportunity for all children and families through research, policy and community engagement.  Voices for Children has developed a Pro-Kid Policy Plan, focusing on the issues of child welfare, economic stability, health, and juvenile justice. Policy priorities are guided by research, data, and proven best practices that improve child well-being. Close attention is paid to the impact of race, socioeconomic status, and geography, and removing barriers to opportunity within these areas.

Juvenile Justice in the Legislature

Meeting Location & Dates

Policy & Advocacy Work Group

  • Every other month on the 4th Monday at the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Work Group Meeting Notes
Interest Survey

Policy & Advocacy Work Group Members

Brad Alexander

Patrick Bloomingdale

A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon

Shawne Coonfare

* Working group co-chair

Catherine Hall

Christine Henningsen *

James Hubbard

Kerri Peterson *

Jennifer Potterf

Ben Salazar

Joy Suder

Juliet Summers

Margaret Vacek *

Mary Visek

Runaway Task Force

The Purpose of the OYS Runaway Task Force?

  • Prevent youth who are exhibiting runaway risk factors and behaviors from entering the juvenile justice system by ensuring that appropriate community resources exist and meet the needs of youth.
  • Ensure the justice system is effective, compassionate and empowers youth and their families to succeed while building an environment of mutual trust and accountability.

Runaway Task Force Meeting Location

  • The Runaway Task Force meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 8:30 am to 10:00 am.

Runaway Task Force Members

Jill Anderson

Shawne Coonfare

Cassandra Dittmer

Mary Fraser-Meints

Christine Henningsen

* Working group co-chair

James Hubbard

Kristi Lesley

Julie Mason

Nicole Mitchell

Krynn Pekny

Kerri Peterson

Colleen Roth

Shelly Salter

Lt. Tracy Scherer *

Nicole Seymour *

Cara Stirts