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1/9/2013

KJJA public meeting today at hospital

KJJA public meeting today at hospital

Garden City will be the next stop that the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority is making across the state. The KJJA is undertaking a statewide assessment on the extent to which minority youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system.

A public meeting is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Catherine Hospital, in classroom A and B. The goal of the state assessment is to identify the factors that contribute to disparate contact and/or outcomes so that Kansas' juvenile justice system can design appropriate intervention strategies.

As a key part of the assessment, the KJJA and the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention are sponsoring a series of meetings at which members of the public are invited to listen and comment on the results of the study. The content of the public meetings will focus on state and local data regarding arrest and secure detention of youth. Information obtained from these public meetings will be summarized in the final report and are hoped to initiate a community-wide discussion and commitment to data-driven system reform.

Presenting the data and facilitating the meeting will be Dr. Liz Neeley, who is the Director of the Nebraska Minority Justice Committee, and Dr. Mitch Herian from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.

The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Spanish interpreters will be available.

For more information, contact James Perkins, Director of Youth Services, 25th Judicial District, at 271-6200 or email jperkins@finneycounty.org.

YMCA introducing Parents' Night Out

The Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St., has a new monthly program for parents and youth in the community as it introduces Parents' Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Parents can leave their children, ages 5 to 12, at the YMCA and enjoy an evening together. Activities for the kids include a healthy dinner, swimming, crafts, games and time with friends.

Fees are $10 for members and $20 for program participants.

For more information, call Krystal Richardson at 275-1199.

Garden City Arts meeting Tuesday

Garden City Arts will have its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the gallery, 318 N. Main St.

Along with presenting the past year's financial status, the board will announce changes in its staff and plans for 2013 programming. Election of 2013 officers also will take place.

Agendas will be made available on request.

For more information, call the gallery at 260-9700 or Laurie Chapman at 277-6461.

Winter Wonderland event set for YMCA

The Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St., will offer a Winter Wonderland Family Fun Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19.

The event is free and will feature inflatables, games, crafts, prizes, snacks and swimming.

For more information, call Krystal Richardson at 275-1199.

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