Joe Ferguson graduated from Southern Oregon State College in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies Social Science. Joe has spent his entire 27 year career in Oregon Juvenile Justice and has worked as a probation officer, residential house manager, probation manager, detention manager and for the last 12 years as the deputy director of the Jackson County Juvenile Department. Joe is the current president of the Oregon Juvenile Department Directors’ Association that advocates and helps shape state and local policy and practices. Joe also leads the local Gang Prevention Task Force.
Joe’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