From Ashes to Diamonds: Teen Leadership Program Drives Juvenile Success

SESSION INFO

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Session Type: Workshop

Otter Tail County’s Teen Leadership Program guides high-risk juveniles away from delinquent behavior and toward a successful future. We will discuss potential unintended consequences of our system and how to overcome these obstacles. We will explore a holistic approach to probation in combining peer mentorship with incentive-based probation to demonstrate significant statistical outcomes and cost savings in a rural Minnesota county. Specific case studies will be shared. Join Otter Tail County as they outline their focus on eight categories to drive delinquent juveniles toward a successful future.

SESSION PRESENTERS

Erin Haugrud
Transition Coordinator, Otter Tail County Probation


Erin Haugrud Transition Coordinator with Otter Tail County Probation Currently employed with Otter Tail County Probation. Previously employed with Otter Tail County Human Services from 2017-1/1/21.


Lucas Johnston
Probation Agent, Otter Tail County Probation


Lucas Johnston, B.S. Agent with Otter Tail County Probation Graduated from Minnesota State University – Mankato on 12/17/05 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Work. Licensed Social Worker #17835 - State of Minnesota Board of Social Work Currently employed with Otter Tail County Probation. Previously employed with Nicollet County Probation from 04/2016-09/01/2019, Blue Earth Community Corrections from 01/2010-04/2016, and Waseca County Court Services from 10/2006-12/2010. Experienced in working with adult clients, juvenile clients, treatment courts, domestic assault caseloads, intensive supervision caseloads, and pretrial services.


Mr. Michael A. Schommer
Director, Otter Tail County Probation


Michael A. Schommer, M.S. Director of Otter Tail County Probation Graduated from Minnesota State University – Moorhead on 8/5/05 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. Graduated from Columbia Southern University in August 2018 with a Master’s of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership. Currently employed with Otter Tail County Probation. Previously employed with the Minnesota Department of Corrections from 8/10/05-7/19/2019. Experienced in working with adult clients, juvenile clients, treatment courts, sex offender caseloads, intensive supervision caseloads, pretrial services, community notification, and risk assessments for sexual offenders.