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Scott Ryan and Joseph O’Neil of Multnomah ESD Named Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows

May 4, 2018

Multnomah County, Oregon – Scott Ryan, Student Services Coordinator at Multnomah Education Service District, Joseph O’Neil, Transition Specialist at Multnomah ESD, Tim Logan Agency Administrator at SoValTi, Anya Sekino, Juvenile Crime Prevention Manager at Oregon Youth Development Council, and Bobby Bridges, Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator at Oregon Youth Development Council have recently been selected as new members of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), Fellows Network based on the approval of their Capstone Project.

The Oregon Teams’ joint Capstone Project, titled Affirmation Creates Equity (ACE), is focused on The Intersectionality of Youth Crime Prevention, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities, LGBTQ+ Youth Well-being, and Special Education Projects. “We are pleased to see the two Capstone teams from Oregon join forces to implement the Affirmation Creates Equity (ACE) Project in Multnomah Education Service District. It has tremendous potential to improve educational re-entry for youth leaving juvenile detention centers, address racial and ethnic disparities, and provide critical support for LGBTQ+ youth and students with special education needs,” said Shay Bilchik, Director of CJJR. 

The CJJR, part of Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, advances a balanced, multi-systems approach to reducing juvenile delinquency that promotes positive child and youth development while also holding youth accountable.  The Center works to focus the nation's juvenile justice and related systems of care on the key principles embodied in an evidence-based juvenile justice reform agenda and identify and highlight the research on policies and practices that work best to reduce delinquency and achieve better outcomes for children.

Select members of the MESD Team attended the Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program in October 2017 and the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program in November 2017, and were admitted to the CJJR Fellows Network in April 2018.  

Scott Ryan began his career in education in 2006 after leaving his career as a development director in the international non-profit sector. He became involved in corrections education by teaching English Language Arts, ESOL, Social Sciences, American Sign Language, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Three Lakes High School, located within Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. In 2014, Scott became Principal at multiple Juvenile Detention Education Programs in Portland and rural Oregon, serving youth ages 11 to 21. Scott successfully leveraged grants through the Oregon Department of Education and Youth Development Council to improve educational outcomes in juvenile justice facilities, to support the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth, to address the needs of students with special education, and to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. These grants use holistic, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive model, providing wraparound service to youth. The goal is to reduce recidivism by identifying needs, removing barriers to school attendance, mentoring, following, and advocating for students as they transition back to school after release from juvenile detention.

Joseph O’Neil graduated from Gonzaga University with Degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He has volunteered for a few years working with youth as a basketball coach and tutor. He worked with adjudicated youth in a normalized high school setting for one year. Currently Mr. O’Neil works for Multnomah Education Service District in Portland, Or as a Transition Specialist. His current job is assisting students in juvenile detention with returning to their home school.

For more information on CJJR Fellows Network, visit http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/certificate-programs/fellows-network/.

Multnomah Education Service District is an educational cooperative that provides a wide variety of programs and services on a regional basis to school districts in Multnomah County and beyond. MESD is one of 19 ESDs in Oregon. MESD's major areas of service include School Health Services, Special Education, Alternative Education, Technology, Outdoor School, and School Improvement.  The mission of MESD is to Support All Students to Achieve Excellence. Every student we serve benefits from a safe and supportive learning environment where they receive personalized, creative, equitable, and cutting-edge education, health and technology services. The core values of MESD are Equity, Health, Learning, Families, Students, Collaboration, and Employees.
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