Council Connections


Youth Leadership Project To Kick Off in September

The DuPage County Youth Leadership Project (YLP) is a partnership of select members of the DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team, the DuPage County Juvenile Justice Council, and the public health department at Benedictine University. These three groups came together around a common goal: to reduce youth violence and substance use and promote public health in vulnerable communities throughout DuPage County.

During this first pilot year, graduate level interns from Benedictine University will be trained to deliver lessons from the Lions Quest curriculum to approximately 100 youth in three Neighborhood Resource Centers (NRC) in DuPage County. These NRCs provide youth with academic support, life skills, and structured recreational activities throughout the school year and over the summer.

The Lions Quest program is an evidence-based curriculum with solid roots in youth development, violence and substance abuse prevention research, and social emotional learning.

Pilot sites for 2016-17 include:

Henry Hyde Neighborhood Resource Center in Addison

Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream

Timberlake and Main Park at Puente del Pueblo in West Chicago

Juvenile Justice Stars are Born!

Thank you to Lisle Police Officer Sean McKay and Bloomingdale Police Officer/County Board member Sean Noonan for assisting the JJC and NAMI-DuPage shoot a new roll call video for law enforcement. This video will be used as a primer to more in depth training on youth mental health issues.

Coming soon to a police department near you. Stay tuned!

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Monday, Aug. 29th, 12-1pm

503 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL United States

Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2

DuPage County Juvenile Justice Council Executive Committee Members

Audriana Anderson, DuPage County State's Attorney's Office

Honorable Robert Anderson, 18th Judicial Circuit Court

Robert Berlin, DuPage County State's Attorney

Michael Coughlin, DuPage Juvenile Officer's Association/Hinsdale Police Department

Melvin Kim, DuPage County Board Office

Detective Mike Drugan, DuPage County Sheriff's Office

Chris Ellerman, Outreach Community Ministries

Mst. Sgt. Thomas Gartner, Illinois State Police

Sandra Gbur, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

Sgt. Robert Harris, DuPage County Sheriff's Office

Shannon Hartnett, Probation and Court Services

Patricia Hayden, Probation and Court Services

Meredith Kober, NAMI DuPage

Dr. Brandon Kooi, Aurora University

Chief Frank Kosman, Bensenville Police Department/DuPage Chiefs of Police Association

Jeff Lata, DuPage County Health Department

Sean Noonan, County Board/Bloomingdale Police Department

Wendy Nussbaum, Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services

Debbie Robertson, 360 Youth Services

Darlene Ruscitti, DuPage County Regional Office of Education

Kathy Starkovich, Probation and Court Services

Ray Stubner, Probation and Court Services

Jeff York, DuPage County Public Defender

Honorable Michael Wolfe, 18th Judicial Circuit Court

DuPage County Juvenile Justice Council

For more information or to participate in council activities as a member, please contact Shannon Hartnett, Program Manager, 18th Judicial Circuit Court Department of Probation and Court Services.