Session 1:

Alternatives to Detention (ATD): Reducing Racial Disparities in Juvenile Detention with Effective and Innovative Alternatives to Detention

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 12pm-1pm (CDT)

Session 2:

Alternatives to Detention (ATD): why culture matters, targeting intervention for specific populations and building a continuum

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 12pm-1pm (CDT)

Session 3:

Alternatives to Detention (ATD): Multi-Agency Resource Center: A one-stop shop for families

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 12pm-1pm (CDT)

Session 4:

Mental Health in the Black Community

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12pm-1pm (CDT)

Key Note – Session 5:

Healing Communities

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 12pm-1:30pm (CDT)

Key Note – Session 6:

Why Credible Messengers?

Friday, October 30, 2020, 12pm-1:30pm (CDT)

Session 7:

Native American culture and traditions of Native families

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12pm-1:00pm (CST)

Session 8:

Serving Refugee Communities

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 12pm-1:00pm (CST)

Session 9:

Evidenced-Based Services in the Latinx Community

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 12pm-1:00pm (CST)

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Considering Culture – Service to Native American families

November 18, 2020,  Noon to 1:00 pm CST


Nicole Tamayo-Benegas is currently employed as the Youth and Family Program Director for the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition (NUIHC). Nicole will provide insight into special considerations for professionals working with Native families. She will assist us in understanding barriers the system presents to this distinct population. The webinar will address fears clients may have in working with system professionals. Nicole will explore issues related to guardianship, family structure, ICWA and building cultural plans for Native youth to ensure they maintain connection to community. She will address some customs related to funerals, medication compliance and considerations when placing Native youth that participants may not be aware of that can inhibit the ability of professionals to engage with families.

Probation staff as well as community providers complete assessments with youth and their families. Those assessments assist in identification of drivers of criminal behaviors. These same staff also work to identify needs youth and families may have that are acting as a barrier to success. Many times, due to professionals not understanding different cultures, assessments do not provide results that allow for responding to the youth and family culture appropriately. This session will assist professionals in understanding cultural considerations that may appear non-compliant, and assist in discussions of “why” in order to serve.

Session 5 Resources and Supporting Documents

Session 5 webinar recording.

Session 6 Resources and Supporting Documents

GUGO Program Statement

Latin Kings video (YouTube)

Session 7 Resources and Supporting Documents

Session 7 Webinar Recording