NILES — A Professional Development Symposium on Racial Justice, Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention will take place Friday at the Eastwood Event Center in Niles.
The keynote speaker is Kevin Richardson, who at age 14, was wrongfully convicted and served seven years in prison for a brutal crime in New York’s Central Park. His story is told in the Netflix mini-series “When They See Us.” The symposium is a day-long event presented by Coleman Health Services in partnership with the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.
The event also will feature Laurese Glover, who with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project, had his case overturned in 2016 after being charged with a 1995 murder in Cleveland.
Other speakers include Judge Carla Baldwin of Youngstown Municipal Court, James DeLucia of the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, Attorney Pierce Reed of the Ohio Innocence Project and Carmella Hill, Clinical Director of Coleman Health Services Trumbull County. Malik Mostella, community liaison for the Youngstown Police Department, will serve as emcee and Carol Bennett, Assistant Provost of Diversity at YSU, will moderate the interviews and panel discussion.
Registration is $100, which includes breakfast, lunch and continuing education credits.
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