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Youth Crime Task Force

The Miami-Dade County Youth Crime Task Force (YCTF) was initially established by resolution in 1997, to provide recommendations to the County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners to address youth crime and violence programming needs, and for the countywide coordination of juvenile justice activities.


The Youth Crime Task Force is comprised of 31 members representing a cross section of all populations in the community, including local juvenile justice administrators, public officials, and interested citizens (based upon their generally recognized expertise, involvement, and interest in improving the total juvenile justice system).

Vacancies in Youth Crime Task Force

The Youth Crime Task Force currently has vacancies. Membership is open to those who work for, or serve on the Board of Directors of an organization that works with youth and/or crime prevention, and who are qualified electors of Miami-Dade County. If you would like more information or are interested in serving on the Task Force please contact Ms. Cindy Akerman at 305-755-6144, or via email

Board Members

The Youth Crime Task Force is comprised of 31 Board Members of which 20 were assigned entities by ordinance and 11 members who work for or serve on the board of directors of an organization that works with youth and/or youth crime prevention.




The Youth Crime Task Force is contained by three committees: Executive, Funding and Legislation, and Model Programs.

Executive Committee

Comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, and committee chairpersons. The function of the Executive Committee is to determine YCTF direction, policy, and function.

Funding and Legislation Committee

This committee supports relevant legislative recommendations promulgated by youth oriented organizations and prepares important legislative recommendations regarding delinquency and youth each year.

Model Programs Committee

Reviews reported outcomes for funded programs and makes recommendations for continued funding for organizations and service initiatives.


All Youth Crime Task Force (YCTF) meetings are held publicly under the Florida Sunshine Law and prior public notice is provided before any meeting.

  • YCTF Meetings – held 4 times per year
  • Executive Committee Meetings – held as needed
  • Committee Meetings – held as needed

Board Staff

Ms. Cindy Akerman
Division Director of Administrative Services
Juvenile Services Department
275 NW 2nd Street 2nd Floor
Miami, Florida 33128
305-755-6144 Phone
305-755-6146 Fax

Funded Programs

All programs funded by the Youth Crime Task Force.

12 and Under Project

Provides services to identified high-risk boys with "special issues and needs" who have been assessed at the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC). The program replicates an empirically-based model intervention: SNAP™ Program, developed by Child Development Institute, Toronto, Canada, designed specifically for boys under 12 years of age in conflict with the law and their families. This project is part of a National Demonstration Project with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Family Intervention Services (FIS)

Provides community- and home-based Functional Family Therapy, targeting children age 17 years and under, who are diverted from Juvenile Court and under the supervision of the Juvenile Services Department; one program operated by Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc. on a countywide basis.

  • Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc.
    Contact: Farah Halaby
    15490 NW 7th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33169
    305-685-0381 ext. 2033

Improving Community Control (ICC)

For adjudicated youths, under age 18, on DJJ Community Control; designed to improve self-esteem, school performance, and pro-social bonding; three programs covering most of Miami-Dade County.

  • Concerned African Women
    Contact: Carolyn "Kiani" Nesbitt
    1505 NW 167th Street, Ste 101
    Miami Gardens, FL 33169
  • Regis House
    Contact: Shatara Piedrasanta
    2010 NW 7th Street
    Miami, FL 33125
  • The Alternatives Programs
    Contact: George E. Jones
    151 NW 60th Street
    Miami, FL 33127

Family and Child Empowerment (FACE)

Provides psycho-educational groups for diversion eligible children, ages 11-17, and their parents, as well as tutoring, homework assistance, and information concerning family resource availability; three programs covering specific areas of Miami-Dade County.

  • Work America
    Contact: Marva DeSilva
    303-309 W Palm Drive
    Florida City, FL 33034
  • Miami-Dade Community Action Agency
    Contact: Tangier Scott, Ed. D.
    6100 NW 7th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33142
  • Children’s Psychiatric Center
    Contact: Perla Musykanski-Tarrab, LMHC
    430 W 66th Street
    Hialeah, FL 33012

Juvenile Weapons Offender Program (JWOP)

For youths adjudicated on non-violent weapons charges, under age 18. Offender is confronted by the traumatic physical, emotional, and financial consequences of violence on victims and their families. Individual and family supportive factors are emphasized; one program provided by South Miami/Coral Gables Elks Lodge.

  • South Miami/Coral Gables Elks Lodge #1676
    Contact: Mimi Sutherland
    6304 SW 78th Street
    South Miami, FL 33143

Post Detention Girls' Program (PDGP)

A program for young women 11- 18 released to Community Control or Aftercare under the supervision of the Department of Justice that teaches social, vocational, economic, and family skills.

  • World Literacy - (Girl Power)
    Contact: Thema Campbell
    6015 NW 7th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33127

Serious Habitual Offender - Sibling Model Program (SHOSib)

SHOSib design is a model program that is an intense family strengthening intervention plan for what are often identified as multi-generational, criminal justice-involved families that historically do not respond to normal interventions.

It is based on first identifying younger siblings of serious, habitual offenders who are beginning juvenile justice system involvement and then providing intervention services for them and the rest of the family. The Juvenile Services Department, a research partner in this model program, provides training to the organization implementing this model.

Teen Drug Court

Arrested amenable drug involved youths diverted to Teen Drug Court for treatment for a period of one year instead of prosecution in the usual manner.

  • Administrative Office of the Courts
    Contact: Clarissa Linares
    3300 NW 27 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33142

Program Evaluation

Provides process and outcome evaluations of all funded programs; one independent evaluator for all programming initiatives.

  • The Thurston Group
    Contact: Kenneth Fischer, M.D.
    4040 NE 2nd Ave
    Suite 311
    Miami, FL 33137
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