Joshua Diamond

TPP Program Coordinator
diamonjn@jmu.edu
540/568-2571

Topics:

  • Positive Youth Development
  • Youth Justice
  • Youth Participatory Research
  • Youth and Community Change
  • Positive Masculinity
  • Building Strong Relationships
  • Youth Engagement

Bio:

Josh diamond has worked with local teens for eight years. He helps young people develop a vision for their lives and communities through the Teen Outreach Program and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Youth Council. He believes in the power of strong relationships and in loving kids for how they are now, not for who we hope they will be in the future. Josh teaches sexuality education in local high schools and has done community work with youth spanning many issue areas.

Michael Maurice, MPA

Director of Programs – Office of Children and Youth
mauricma@jmu.edu
540/568-6007

Topics:

  • Programs for Children & Youth
  • Adolescent Health
  • Youth Literacy and Education
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Positive Youth Development

Bio:

Michael Maurice has a faculty appointment at James Madison University at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS) as the director of the Office on Children & Youth. He oversees over $2 million annually in grant-funded projects/programs, serving children, youth and families throughout the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. Michael has over twelve years' experience in the youth development field, and seven years of professional experience in child/youth education and health programs where he has served in frontline and management roles. He has a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management.

Jesse Rodriguez, BA

Coordinator/Instructor
rodri3jm@jmu.edu
540/568-8095

Topics:

  • Self Determination
  • I’m Determined Project

Bio:

Education Coordinator, TTAC

Kendal Swartzentruber, M.A.

Coordinator
swartzkl@jmu.edu
540/568-8812

Topics:

  • Self-Determination
  • Resilience
  • Narrative and Storytelling
  • Restorative Practice
  • Place-Making
  • Place Identity
  • Sense of Place

Bio:

Kendal Swartzentruber is an Education Coordinator at Virginia Department of Education, Region 5 Training and Technical Assistance Center at James Madison University. His work focuses on issues of self-determination, motivation, and restorative justice. Kendal was a middle school special educator and behavioral specialist for 6 years where he worked to develop accessible ecologies for student to develop competencies of self-awareness and identity. His ideas of restoration transcend interdependent human relationships through a reassertion of attentiveness to the complex of web of human perception in collective milieu. In these new forms of noticing individuals start to see and understand how context and environments contribute to the shaping and molding of human behavior.

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