Community Led Diversion

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Juvenile Diversion

Building a New Paradigm
in Youth Justice


Applied Research
Center for Civility

UC San Diego National Conflict Resolution Center


The Annie E. Casey Foundation The Conrad Prebys Foundation
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MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2023

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Join other practitioners and researchers from across the United States for an applied research conference on the timely topic of community-led juvenile diversion.

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    Hear the presentation of a seminal Community-led Diversion Impact Paper by the UC San Diego Center for Research and Evaluation team.

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    Share best practices and build momentum around the ideas changing the juvenile justice landscape in this country.

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    Learn from other cutting-edge thinkers in juvenile justice, including government, non-profit and foundation sectors.

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    Collaborate with your peers in working group-style discussions designed to generate lasting impact.




Director, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Nate Balis is the director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at The Annie E. Casey Foundation. He leads the JDAI® network of juvenile justice practitioners in 40 states and over 300 counties, which is working to build a better and more equitable youth justice system.

Nate Balis



Host: Steven P. Dinkin, President, National Conflict Resolution Center

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast and Registration

9:00am – 9:10am


Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego

Grant Oliphant, CEO, Conrad Prebys Foundation

Summer Stephan, San Diego County District Attorney

9:10am - 9:45am

Keynote Address

Nate Balis, Director, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

9:45am – 10:00am


10:00am – 11:00am

Presentation of Impact Paper (UC San Diego)

Dr. Kelly Nielsen, Assistant Director, Center for Research & Evaluation, UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies

11:00am – 12:00pm

PANEL: Government and Law Enforcement Partners

Scott MacDonald, former Chief Probation Officer, Santa Cruz County, Moderator


Angela Albertus, Program Director, Juvenile Justice, National District Attorneys Association

Judge Carlyn McGee Hicks, County Court Judge District 1, Hinds County, MS

Abdul Malik, CBI Citywide Director, New York City Department of Probation

Terry Fawcett, MSE, Probation Director, Pine County, MN

12:00pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 2:00pm

PANEL: Community, Nonprofit and Foundation Partners

Jaquita Monroe, Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Moderator


Marquetta Atkins-Woods, Founder and Executive Director, Destination Innovation Inc. (Progeny), Wichita, KS Brittany Young, Founder and CEO, B-360 Baltimore, MD Elida Ledesma, Executive Director, Arts for Healing and Justice Network, Long Beach, CA Julia Arroyo, Executive Director, Young Women's Freedom Center, CA (multiple counties)

2:00pm – 3:00pm

San Diego's Community-Led Diversion Case Study

Steven P. Dinkin, President, National Conflict Resolution Center, Moderator


Lisa Weinreb Delgadillo, Esq., Chief of the Juvenile Branch of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Deputy District Attorney

Breea Buskey, MS, Program Manager, Alternative Juvenile Justice, NCRC

Monica Felix, LCSW, Supervisor, Inpatient Behavioral Health Rady Children's Hospital San Diego

Sunny Chang, Youth Programs Manager, Outdoor Outreach

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Next Steps: Putting Theory into Practice
(Breakout Sessions and Report Back)

4:30pm – 4:45pm


Steven P. Dinkin, President, National Conflict Resolution Center

About the Impact Paper

The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have researched different approaches to community-led diversion; spoken to experts in communities, organizations, and jurisdictions around the country; and identified a set of best practices to support community-led diversion efforts. The result is an impact paper that traces the core ideas of community-led diversion, the many diversion points in the juvenile justice system, and the community-based resources that contribute to healthier and safer communities. The paper looks at the role of critical systems and practices such as probation, mentorship, and restorative justice. It takes a trauma-informed approach to understanding the supports that communities need to make available to diverted youth. To illustrate what community-led diversion can look like, the paper gives examples from around the country including an NCRC-supported community-led diversion program in San Diego: The District Attorney Juvenile Diversion Initiative. The success of this and other programs points to the wider potential for community-led diversion around the country.

About the Center

The National Conflict Resolution Center and UC San Diego together launched the Applied Research Center for Civility (Center for Civility) to conduct research for action into the methods, dynamics and best practices for addressing many of society’s most challenging social issues Using NCRC’s programming as a springboard, the Center for Civility designs studies, collects data and conducts quantitative analysis on how we can foster connection in divisive times.

Questions? Contact Brittney Ochira at