April 2013 Special Edition Newsletter


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 April 3rd, 2013


The Stoneleigh commissioned report, Youth Courts and their Educational Value:  An Examination of Youth Courts in the Chester Upland School District, has been released. Both the full report and executive summary can be found here

Research for Action conducted this assessment of fellow Gregg Volz's efforts, Youth Courts: Peer Justice Platform for Youth Development.   

The report points to many promising connections between youth courts and enhanced academic behaviors, mindset and social skills. There are also indicators of their potential to exert positive peer pressure leading respondents to make adjustments to their behavior. Though not causal, significantly more respondents and youth volunteers (those who served as judge, jury, and bailiff) graduated and fewer dropped-out of school.


The LA Times featured a story about the use of fellow Leslie Acoca's Girls Health Screen in the Los Angeles' youth detention facilities and how it is helping health and probation officials better identify and treat the problems of girls in custody.

Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Charles Williams' fellowship was highlighted in Generocity Magazine.

Emerging Leader Fellow Maggie Eisen will present the current outcomes of her fellowship at One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare.

Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Ted Corbin

Through the Drexel University Center for Non-Violence and Social Justice, Dr. Ted Corbin has received a grant from the Public Health Fund to establish a Youth Violence Injury Review Panel in Philadelphia. Dr. Corbin has also received a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to expand his validation research.

The New York Times reported on the impact of trauma on victims of violence that highlighted Dr. Corbin's program, Healing Hurt People

National Public Radio's This American Life presented a story paralleling the trauma realized by war veterans with that of victims of persistent community violence. The story featured one of Dr. Corbin's Healing Hurt People patients. Listen


Caught in the Middle: Children of Incarcerated Parents and the Intersection of Harsh Sentencing and Child Welfare Policies - Kathleen Creamer, Esq.

Mentoring Gives Our Youth the Tools They Need to Succeed - Charles Williams III, PhD
Strange Bedside Fellows - Maggie Eisen

A Call to Action - Cathy Weiss


Stoneleigh Chair Carole Haas Gravagno and Cathy Weiss' Opinion Piece in support of Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Robert Listenbee, Jr., Esq. Appointed OJJDP Administrator

Stoneleigh Foundation would like to congratulate the appointment of Robert Listenbee, Jr. as Administrator for the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Message from the Executive Director 

Cathy Weiss

Dear Friends:

For much of Stoneleigh’s brief history, the Foundation has focused on improving the outcomes of children at risk of involvement or in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. We have also been strong advocates of breaking down “silos” and advancing cross-systems solutions. Believing in the power of the individual to effect social change, we have funded fellows who have worked inside and alongside government to translate research into policy and practice changes that improve how we as a community respond to the needs of these vulnerable children.

Along the way, we became increasingly concerned with the depth of violence in some of our communities and the school safety crisis that was so impressively reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The more we learned about violence and its impacts on our youth, the more we couldn’t ignore that our number one civil right, safety, was an elusive right for too many of our youth. In supporting fellowships for social change, we simply cannot ignore the injustice of living in a persistently violent neighborhood. 

Though we have already invested in violence prevention with fellowships to Dr. Ted Corbin, Jody Greenblatt and Lisa Jones, our board directed us to add Youth Violence Prevention to our priority areas. Thus, in addition to child welfare and juvenile justice, the Foundation will pursue opportunities to support fellows who want to test, demonstrate and redefine how systems prevent and reduce the impact of violence on our youth. 

To align our work with other efforts, we recently awarded a fellowship to Richard Greenwald who will lead a multi-disciplinary collaborative that will develop and advance a cohesive youth violence prevention strategy for the City of Philadelphia.

Over time, Richard and the other fellows will help us identify where Stoneleigh can make additional strategic investments. Our goal is to put knowledge to action and support the development of a common view of how to effectively prevent youth violence and a common way of measuring impact. The first step will be to understand what the data tells us about the specific causes of youth violence in persistently dangerous neighborhoods, and what the research tells us about what works to diminish those causal factors. We will attempt to understand: what has been done in the past; how the city can more effectively direct resources to address youth violence; and, how the academic, civic, business and philanthropic sectors can help complement the city’s resources. Along the way, we will share what we learn and foster dialogue that leads to sustained and strategic action to prevent the victimization and perpetration of violence in our communities.

Best Wishes,
Cathy Signature
Stoneleigh Foundation Announces New Fellow

We are proud to announce our new fellow, Richard Greenwald, who is working on a multi-system strategy for youth violence prevention in Philadelphia.

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Office of the Mayor, Chief of Staff
Project: Youth Violence Prevention: A Multi-system Strategy

Richard will head a multi-disciplinary collaborative that that will develop and implement a youth violence prevention strategy for the city under the auspices of the Mayor. He will be solely dedicated to coordinating both government and external stakeholders’ efforts to develop improved policies and practices that address the areas of prevention, intervention, re-entry, enforcement and data-sharing. Richard will be the Philadelphia point person for the Dept. of Justice’s violence prevention initiative, the National Forum to Prevent Youth Violence, of which Philadelphia is one of 10 participant cities. 

Richard is a seasoned professional with more than twenty years' experience addressing complex economic development and human services issues facing the most vulnerable citizens. He is an expert in the field of workforce development, with significant experience in the implementation of welfare-to work and prisoner re-entry programs. Of particular relevance was his work as a loaned executive from the Manhattan Institute to Mayor Cory A. Booker to help him develop and execute a nationally recognized prisoner re-entry program in Newark.

His work in New Jersey led to the publication of a comprehensive plan for Governor Chris Christie to reduce recidivism in the state.

For eight years he ran the Transitional Work Corp. in Philadelphia, securing public and private investments of over $75 million to employ more than 13,000 welfare recipients, and participated in a rigorous U.S. Department of Health and Human Services evaluation.

Richard is currently an adjunct professor of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University.
Moving The Dial: Leslie Acoca and the National Girls Health Screen Project

Leslie AcocaRead the results of Stoneleigh Fellow Leslie Acoca's fellowship, the National Girls Health Screen Project. Leslie created and validated the Girls Health Screen, which is the first gender-specific health screen for girls entering juvenile detention. Leslie's project demonstrates the long-term impact of a Stoneleigh Fellowship. Leslie continues to make progress in improving the health of girls as the Girls Health Screen expands to more juvenile detention centers and advocacy for gender-response services spreads.

Meet The Fellow: Rufus Sylvester Lynch, DSW

Rufus LynchIn our continuing series "Meet The Fellow", we invite you to meet Rufus Sylvester Lynch who is currently integrating responsible fatherhood within foster care service delivery in association with the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College.


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