Chef Jeff Henderson was seen by more than 1500 attendees of APPA’s 2020 Winter Training Institute (virtual). He was in his element – in the kitchen with his students making delicious square-shaped deep fried, confectioners’ sugar sprinkled beignets! You asked for it – and APPA delivers – hear more about this celebrity chef’s amazing work with and for young people.
The star of the Chef Jeff Project docu-reality television series and New York Times best-selling author has launched his culinary program targeting system-impacted young people. In collaboration with the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services, Harbor Juvenile Assessment Center, Eighth Judicial Court, Southern Nevada Workforce Board, City of Las Vegas, and private entities, Chef Jeff utilizes his lived experiences and passion to use food to break down barriers of traumatized youth.
The Chef Jeff Project Relaunch is providing system-impacted youth with meaningful social services, teaching them a trade, and building their self-esteem and self-worth utilizing a unique blended treatment model. The panel will discuss the program’s specific focus on removing bureaucratic barriers across a multitude of jurisdictions while maintaining a “child-centered” approach. Chef Jeff, Director Jack Martin of the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services, and DeNeese Parker, Assistant Court Administrator of the Eighth Judicial District Court will share their perspectives, challenges of partnerships, and lessons learned.
Do not miss this great closing plenary session when change agents will speak about how Vegas’ blended funding model can be replicated in both the juvenile and adult sectors, share insights for a successful diversion model for individuals escalating in their delinquent behavior, and describe the framework for building public-private partnerships.
Award-winning chef, New York Times bestselling author, and highly sought-after speaker on personal and professional development
Jeff started his culinary career in the unlikeliest of places: prison. While serving nearly ten years, he discovered an untapped passion for cooking, which led to executive chef positions at Bellagio and Caesars Palace.
Jeff's inspiring story has been featured on Oprah's Life Class, Good Morning America, Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, The Steve Harvey Show and in major publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, People Magazine, the Washington Post, and many others. When Jeff is not traveling the world teaching his life-changing lessons, he resides in Las Vegas with his wife Stacy and their five children.
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Director Jack Martin of the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services has served over three decades in law enforcement, both in the adult and juvenile arenas. Mr. Martin began his career in California before transitioning to Arizona and then Hawaii as a subject-matter expert to assist the State in successfully rebuilding their troubled youth correctional systems. He accepted the director’s position in Clark County in 2013. Mr. Martin earned bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice Administration and Communications as well as a master’s degree in Urban Leadership. He is a national speaker for operational issues surrounding cultural change within complex public service agencies and moonlights as a consultant in relation to law enforcement strategies, collaboration across bureaucratic systems, and leadership and training development. Mr. Martin serves on several non-profit boards in Southern Nevada and he is a leading advocate for equity and transparency in law enforcement practices. During his free time he enjoys spending it with his family and working on classic cars and motorcycles.
DeNeese Parker has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in law from the University of California/Davis as well as a master’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Social Work from the University of Nevada/Las Vegas. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is currently responsible for oversight of the Juvenile Division and currently directs and administers programs related to governmental and legislative activity related to the 8th Judicial District Court Specialty Courts. Ms. Parker has primary responsibility to manage all specialty courts in Clark County including Adult Drug Court, Co-Occurring Drug Court, Transitional Age Program, OPEN, Veteran’s Treatment Court, Felony DUI Court, Mental Health Court, Gambling Diversion Treatment Court, Juvenile Drug Court, Family Treatment Drug Court, Re-Entry Court, and Law Enforcement Intervention for Mental health and Addiction (LIMA). She oversees contracts and grants, develops and monitors budgets for all of the specialty court programs, and develops informational and statistical reports for presentation to judges, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Nevada State Legislature.