Youth Intervention Network Spring Luncheon to feature U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag

Melinda Haag

Melinda Haag

You’re invited to attend theYouth Intervention Network (YIN) Spring Luncheon:
“Preventing Bullying and Reconnecting Our Youth” on Thursday, May 9, 11:30 – 1:30 pm at the Lone Tree Golf and Event Center in Antioch.

We anticipate an audience of about 100 local and regional leaders at this historic event.
Individual tickets are $50 and we are looking for additional sponsors for this event to support the work of YIN. As a sponsor, you will be recognized in outreach and event material. In addition, this program will be taped for broadcast by CCTV and will reach thousands of households throughout the Contra Costa community.

The Youth Intervention Network (YIN) Spring Luncheon

Honorary Hosts

Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Supervisor Mary Peipho, AUSD School Board President Joy Motts,

AUSD Superintendent Donald Gill, and Antioch Mayor Wade Harper

“Preventing Bullying and Reconnecting Our Youth”

Building Healthy Families, Safe Schools, and an Inclusive Community

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center,

4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Melinda Haag, US Attorney for the Northern District of California


Allan Cantando, Antioch Police Chief

Stephanie Anello, Antioch Unified School District Student Services

Devorah Levine, Contra Costa Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative

Iris Archuleta, Co-Founder, YIN/CEO, Emerald HPC International, LLC

As recent events have demonstrated, bullying, cyberbullying and other forms of mistreatment continue to permeate our schools. The growing indifference and increase in bystander behavior has had the unintended consequence of ‘normalizing’ incivility and intolerance. These dangerous behaviors are occurring at younger ages and are more pervasive and therefore more challenging for adults to identify. It is not possible to legislate civility or punish young people into being tolerant. Evidence and experience call for a change in direction, priorities and the allocation of resources. To increase school safety, attendance, achievement and graduation rates, schools and communities need a new approach and strategies that focus on the fundamental determinants affecting school climate:
– Strengthening the relationships between among youth and adults

– Viewing students as resources and contributors

– Utilizing restorative justice practices and policies

– Changing the social norms that allow bullying to occur.

The principal objective of school violence-reduction strategies should be to
create cultures and climates of safety, respect, and emotional support within educational institutions.

– U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education

Our keynote speaker, Melinda Haag, is serving her first term as the US Attorney for the Northern District of California. She was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the US Senate in August 2010. Ms. Haag served most recently as the Chief of the White Collar Crimes Section in the Northern District, where she supervised the prosecution of white collar, environmental, child exploitation, and civil rights offenses. Selected by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers (2009 and 2010) and Top Women Litigators (2005-2009) in California, she received the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Public Service Award in 2003.

This luncheon will highlight the continuing efforts of the Youth Intervention Network (YIN) to engage youth ages 10 through 18 who, because they are truant and/or academically disengaged, are likely to commit or become victims of violence without the appropriate interventions. Our distinguished panelists will focus on national and regional strategies to prevent bullying and how parents, businesses, and civic organizations can support efforts by AUSD, the City of Antioch, the Antioch Police Department, Contra Costa County, and YIN to prevent bullying and create safe and inclusive learning environments for our youth and young adults in Antioch and East County.

Since 2008, YIN has trained over 250 youth and adult leaders and volunteers, served over 50 families and 90 youth, and brought together more than 35 Antioch and Contra Costa County agencies and organizations. Among youth and families served, there has been a 92% reduction in police calls for service, an 83% reduction in truancy, and an improvement in student GPA by an average of 2 grade points. Ninety percent of the students participating in YIN have graduated from high school. Of these, 100% have gone on to postsecondary education.

YIN was recently featured at the opening celebration of the United Nations Peace University at the Hague in the Netherlands. Also, YIN’s success has been acclaimed in several local, state and national awards, including the National Project Safe Neighborhoods Best Community Involvement Award for 2010.
It has been a goal since the inception of YIN to integrate its best practices into the right community vehicle that would move the vision forward and take it to a level of sustainability. To that end, a transition team has completed the incorporation of YIN as an independent 501c3, and selected a board of directors and officers.

Your participation will support:

• the continuing work of YIN to reduce youth crime and gang violence though direct intervention into the lives of youth and their families, though agency collaboration and accountability, and through positive community messaging and transformation based on inclusion, service, cooperation, personal responsibility, and mutual accountability.

• the development and measurement of cross-agency strategies to reduce truancy, dropout rates, and youth violence and to increase academic performance, graduation, employability, and college-going rates among youth.

• the recruitment, training, and support of community volunteers to serve as mediators and educational advocates who directly engage youth and families under the award-winning YIN mediative intervention model.

We anticipate an audience of about 100 local and regional leaders and the event will be taped for broadcast by CCTV to the Contra Costa community.

Will you support YIN by sponsoring and/or attending this event?

Tickets are $50 and we are seeking additional sponsors for this event to support the work of YIN. Please complete the attached reservation or sponsorship form and confirm your attendance by Wednesday, April 30.

For more information about Melinda Haag, click here.

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