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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 Cindy.Akerman@miamidade.gov.
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.
- Marie Osborne, Esq., Public Defender’s Office
- Morris Copeland, Director, Juvenile Services Department
- Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor
- Hon. Audrey Edmonson
Miami-Dade Commissioner District 3
- Hon. Barbara Jordan
Miami-Dade Commissioner District 1
- Senator Frederika Wilson
Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation
- Dr. Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- J.D. Patterson, Director
Miami-Dade Police Department
- Ian Moffett, Chief
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Department
- Manuel Orosa, Chief
City of Miami Police Department
- Todd Bass, Esq., Chief
Juvenile Division Chief State Attorney for Miami-Dade County
- John Dixon, President/CEO
Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust
- Terria Flakes, Acting Chief Probation Officer
Department of Juvenile Justice, Circuit XI
- Esther Jacobo, Administrator
Department of Children and Families, District XI
- Charles M. Auslander, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Children’s Trust
Juvenile Court 11th Judicial Circuit
- Adora Obi Nweze President,
Florida State Conference Branch
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Carmen Caldwell, Executive Director
Citizen's Crime Watch
- Georgia Jones Ayers
The Alternatives Program
- Mimi Sutherland
JMH/University of Miami School of Medicine
- Daisy Franklin
ASPIRA of Florida
- Rhadames Peguero
Dominican-American National Foundation
- Thema Campbell
World Literacy Crusade of Florida
- Carolyn "Kian" Nesbitt
Concerned African Women
- Diana Susi
- Paola Roman, Vice-President of Housing Development
- Carrfour Supportive Housing
- Dr. Rosa Chang, Ph.D, Instructor
- Florida International University, Department of Criminal Justice
- Lavern Pinkney, Esq., Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor/Director
- Florida International University, College of Law
The Youth Crime Task Force is contained by three committees: Executive, Funding and Legislation, and Model Programs.
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
Ms. Cindy Akerman
Division Director of Administrative Services
Juvenile Services Department
275 NW 2nd Street 2nd Floor
Miami, Florida 33128
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
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
Miami, FL 33137
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