Brad Russell is Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Family YMCA in Medford, Oregon. He received his Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and his Masters degree in Recreation Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He began his YMCA career in 1990 as a Program Specialist at the YMCA of Greater Rochester in New York. He then took his first sabbatical to complete a 3,500 mile cross country bicycle trip from Maine to California. Brad went on to volunteer for one year teaching conversational English at a YMCA in the country of Taiwan where he met his wife, Stella. In 1995, Brad became the Program Director at an ocean-front resident camp, YMCA Camp Surf, in San Diego, California. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Executive Director of the Monterey Peninsula and South County YMCAs in Monterey County, California. Brad then took his second sabbatical to hike the entire 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Brad serves on the board of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and La Clinica Health Center plus helps with the local Gang Prevention Task Force.
Brad’s Monday Session:
Reaching Our Troubled Youth: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Suppression
Our local Gang Prevention Task Force will have representatives from all backgrounds share real life stories, statistics and facts about troubled youth in Southern Oregon.
Nonprofits are on the front lines dealing with gang issues in the community, offering help and services to families and youth in need. The Task Force will help your organization learn more about the available networks that focus on troubled youth and recommend specific mobilization strategies for prevention, intervention and suppression.
A comprehensive survey shows 16 active gangs in our area, with 95% of members between the ages of 13 and 25. Parent involvement, employment, job training, school programs, mentoring, and recreation programs are all effective ways to reach troubled youth. “A repeated finding was that having a meaningful, trusted connection with at least one caring, competent adult was the core of resilience.” ~ Kenneth R. Ginsburg & Sara B. Kinsman
Gang prevention requires our communities work together to access and intervene for high risk youth who are vulnerable to recruitment. Successful prevention assures less work on intervention and suppression efforts – but all three approaches are actively needed.
Please join our expert panel members to learn what is being done and what you and your organization can do to help.
Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Joe Ferguson, Jackson County Juvenile Services Deputy Director
Mark Patterson, School Resource Police Officer
Matt Sweeney, Youth 71Five Ministries
Phil Ortega, Spartan Boxing Gym
Troy Wohosky, School Resource Police Officer