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4th Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice

The 4th Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Daymar Institute, Clarksville, TN.  The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  The purpose of the conference is to increase the awareness of issues, programs and resources available to youth, parents, teachers, college students, advocates, religious leaders, officers of the court (e.g. probation officers, judges, lawyers, youth service officers, and others), law enforcement officers, community activist and the public to help prevent juvenile delinquency.

The conference is sponsored by the Montgomery County Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Task Force, the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the Merry in GOD Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Grant. The conference, including lunch, is free and open to the public. A drawing will be held and several e-Tablets will be given to students. 

There will be an Opening Session, several sessions in the morning, Round Table Discussions during lunch, several sessions in the afternoon and a Closing Session. Some of the speakers and sessions leaders include Dr. Helen Long, Pastor Tommy Vallejos, Ms. Monica Causey, and  Ms. Sharon Edwards,  The topics are varied and include Gangs, Cyberbullying/Bullying, Suicide Prevention, Parenting Teenagers, Parenting Skills for Single Parents,  and Inequities in the Juvenile Justice System. The Luncheon Keynote speaker is Attorney Dr. Merriel Bullock Neal. She is a licensed attorney, school psychologist and special educator.  She will address the School-to-Prison Pipeline that is having a devastating impact on juveniles. Exhibitors and Service providers (e.g. Big Brother Big Sisters, LEAP, TENNderCare, Parks and Recreation and others) will be available to answer questions and distribute literature.

For more information, pre-registration forms, and/or donation forms for the 4th Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice, please contact Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal at 931-551-8300 or email

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