JJAB Celebrates 15 Years Serving Los Alamos Youth

JJAB members and partners gather for their monthly meeting and celebrate 17 years of service to Los Alamos youth and their families March 6 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo
From left, Rev. Nicole’ Raddu Ferry with newly elected JJAB Board Chair Jordan Redmond and Treasurer Sharon Hurley. Courtesy photo
JJAB News:
At its March meeting, the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) celebrated 15 years of serving Los Alamos youth and their families.
JJAB was established March 17, 2004, through resolutions from the Los Alamos County Council and Los Alamos School Board.
Morrie Pongratz, one of the original founders of JJAB, recently returned to the Board as the Senior Citizen Representative. Pongratz remembers the beginning fondly, “In 2003 Police Chief Rich Melton, Judge Alan Kirk and I were members of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. We met in various cities around the state. We saw that some cities had organizations that facilitated cooperative efforts of state, public schools and local government to address juvenile issues. We decided to try a similar organization here in Los Alamos.”
Today JJAB delivers direct services and partners with community organizations, providing youth and families the skills needed to develop healthy lives and relationships and rewarding futures. To do this, JJAB provides services such as individualized case management, parenting workshops, youth activities, and classes and trainings.
Kristine Coblentz, Program Director of the Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative, has been connected with JJAB since 2011. According to Coblentz, “JJAB has a strong history of providing support for innovative programs that are responsive to emerging challenges and often fill a gap in services for our local youth and families.”
JJAB looks forward to serving the community for many years to come. The organization will continue to focus on the needs of youth with an emphasis on reducing youth risk behaviors, facilitating positive youth development, and building resiliency.
Funding for JJAB is received from Los Alamos County, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), Los Alamos Public Schools, United Way, ConAlma, The Delle Foundation and other donors.
JJAB community partners include the Los Alamos Public Schools, Family YMCA and Teen Center, Family Strengths Network and Teen Court.
For additional information about JJAB services and programs, visit www.losalamosjjab.com or call 505.709.8125.
Scene from JJAB meeting and 17-year anniversary celebration March 6 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo
JJAB members and partners celebrate the 15th anniversary of the organization March 6 at their monthly meeting. The JJAB anniversry cake is made by Giovanna Garofalo. Courtesy photo