Georgia Youth Workers Celebrate GJSA’s 40th Training Summit

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Professionals from every major youth-oriented field in the state of Georgia, governmental and non-profit, converge on Savannah this week for the Georgia Juvenile Service Association’s (GJSA) 40th Training Summit.

The three-day event, Aug. 23-25, will host a long-list of speakers, workshops and society happenings. Members can choose from a spread of workshops covering everything from Georgia’s Cybersafety Initiative to tactics for reintegrating juvenile offenders upon their release.

A few speaker highlights include:

  • Amy Howell – Commissioner, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Victor M. Woods – National Speaker & Author, "A Breed Apart: A Journey to Redemption"
  • Clark Flatt – President, The Jason Foundation, Inc.
  • Keith Parkhouse – Compliance Monitor, Georgia Governor’s Office of Children and Families
  • And our own Pete Colbenson – Network Weaver, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Founded in 1969, the GJSA holds an annual conference to facilitate the organization’s goal of creating networking opportunities for professionals working in the juvenile justice space through advocacy, education, information sharing and training.

The week of continued education kicks off Monday night with the ‘Blast from the Past’ GJSA Life Member social for long-term members. Ever wonder what has changed since the organization’s founding in 1969? Take a peek at the event flier and put those curiosities to rest.

GJSA board members will also present awards to outstanding individuals in the field. In addition to continued education and workshops, GJSA members will have a chance to vote on organizational bylaws, network with juvenile professionals from around the state and experience the quant, humid charm Savannah is known for.

Stay tuned to JJIE.org for updates throughout the week. For the complete agenda visit the GJSA website.

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