Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC)

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC) is a volunteer organization comprised of members who are residents within San Bernardino County. The JJDPC is a state mandated commission, established through the provisions of Sections 225 and 233 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. The commission consists of no less than seven and no more than 15 volunteer members, including two youth members. The commissioners are sworn in and appointed by the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge.

Commission members devote their time and energy to participate in coordinating activities designed to prevent juvenile delinquency. Each year, as mandated by the law, JJDPC Commissioners conduct annual inspections of facilities or areas where youth are temporarily detained. Commissioners also inspect the Juvenile Detention and Assessment Centers of the County.

Each Fall, an Annual Recognition of Service to Youth Awards ceremony is hosted by the JJDPC. This event provides recognition and acknowledgement of individuals, organizations, and corporations throughout San Bernardino County who have made significant contributions on behalf of our youth in the community.

The following were honored in 2019:

Mr. Robert Michael Everett:

Mr. Everett currently attends the River of Life Church where he leads the Ignite Outreach Ministry and the Impact Juvenile Ministry. Mr. Everett demonstrates a commitment of excellence and dedication when it comes to his ministries. Mr. Everett has the unique ability to not only motivate those around him, but he makes certain everyone feels included. In addition to his ministry at the River of Life Church, he spends every Sunday morning at the Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center, ministering to the youth currently housed at the facility. He prepares and presents lessons to the youth; additionally, he also prays and worships alongside the youth. Mr. Everett’s diligence and passion not only for the youth at the church, but in the community, makes him deserving of this award.

Junior Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (Jr. F.L.I.P.):

The Junior Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (Jr. F.L.I.P) is founded upon a partnership between the Fontana Unified School District and the Fontana School Police Department. The sixteen week program offers “at-risk” elementary school aged students currently enrolled in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, an opportunity to experience a unique educational environment which will positively impact the rest of their lives. Students enrolled in Jr. F.L.I.P are required to attend sixteen, 4-hour classes, held at designated school sites on Saturdays. These training classes focus on topics which include power of education, drug and alcohol resistance, anti-bullying, teamwork and cyber safety. Students are required to participate in community service and as well as a tour of San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center. Their dedication to continued overall success of these students, not only academically, but personally, is what makes Jr. F.L.I.P deserving of this award.

Mrs. Angela Gentry:

Mrs. Gentry is a Supervising Probation Officer for the San Bernardino County Probation Department. In December of 2018, she was assigned to the Youth Justice Center (YJC) in San Bernardino. During her time at YJC, Mrs. Gentry was instrumental in the development and implementation stages of the music program. The music program was designed to help youth learn how to DJ, play guitar, create beats, sing and learn how to compose verses for songs. Mrs. Gentry assisted with the innovation of the program, filled out the necessary paperwork to put the plan into action and purchase the necessary equipment. In addition to the music program for youth, she currently coordinates the San Bernardino County Probation Department’s Mentor/Protégé Program. This program was designed to pair veteran officers with new staff to help develop them personally and professionally. On her own time, Mrs. Gentry has volunteered at her church for the past 2 ½ years helping the children’s class on Sunday mornings. During class time, she reads Bible stories, sings, teaches arts and crafts, and of course makes sure there is still time left over for recess. Mrs. Gentry’s innovation, progressive thinking and heart for youth makes her deserving of this award.

San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department:

In 2000, the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Police Department established a Police Explorer Post to introduce the community’s youth to careers in law enforcement, and involve them in positive civic relationships by launching the SBCUSD Public Safety Career Pathway Program. The program was developed in an effort to foster better, more positive relationships between local police officers and the district’s diverse student body. The program’s goals and objectives are to further student’s education, encourage explorer participation in a wide variety of community service activities, and enhance students’ preparation for future roles as ethical, law-abiding citizens, community members, leaders and future law enforcement. The program is based on the following areas of emphasis: Career Opportunities, Life Skills, Citizenship, Character, Education, and Leadership Experience. For these reasons, San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department is truly deserving of this award.

Rotary Club of Ontario-Montclair:

All of the members of the Rotary Club of Ontario-Montclair focus primarily on youth services and youths needs in the local and surrounding area, including those who simply need a helping hand to better themselves, their peers and their family. The Rotary Club of Ontario-Montclair partners with the Ontario-Montclair School District to provide a luncheon each month to honor Students of the Month from each local school. The Rotary Club of Ontario-Montclair also partners with the school districts in awarding children who may not be recognized as Student of the Month winners who are improving themselves in other ways. The Rotary Club of Ontario-Montclair awards these children yearly for their improvements through the Rising Star Program. The Rotary Club of Ontario-Montclair is also a sponsor of several Boy Scout Troops, junior high and high school students who wish to attend leadership camp, and volunteer clubs. Additionally, the Rotary Club of Ontario-Montclair donates money each year to a local library in need of assistance. For these reasons, the Rotary Club of Ontario-Montclair is deserving of this award.

The San Bernardino County Probation Departments Montclair Juvenile Day Reporting Center, the Victorville Juvenile Day Reporting Center and the Youth Justice Center in San Bernardino:

The Montclair Day Reporting Center (DRC), the Victorville Juvenile Day Reporting Center and the Youth Justice Center (YJC) which includes Probation Corrections Supervisor I Sofia Jimenez as well as Probation Corrections Officers Jessica Reyes, Johanna Osinga, Jeffrey Fresques, William Burnett, Jr., Judy Frazier, Angelica Flore, Robert Williams and Probation Officer Erika Pulido. These officers organized a Summer Camp for their region. The Summer Camp’s main objective was to expose at-risk youth, youthful offenders, and Probation involved youth to age-appropriate, positive fun and educational activities as an alternative to involving themselves in drugs, alcohol and gangs. Summer camp also served as intervention for these youth by exposing them to pro-social, positive and engaging activities and learning opportunities. The youth enjoyed a variety of outings to locations like the beach, the movies, water parks, museums, bowling alleys, skating, Medieval Times, college campuses, and regional parks.  On the last day of summer camp, the youth were presented with certificates of completion and expressed their gratitude to the staff for their mentoring and guidance. These staff from the Montclair Juvenile Day Reporting Center, the Victorville Juvenile Day Reporting Center and the Youth Justice Center went above and beyond their job duties to provide a fun and educational experience for the youth who participated. For these reasons they are deserving of this award.

Special Recognition-The Don Williams Memorial Award:

Dr. James Quezon Hammond Ed.D.: During Dr. Hammond’s tenure as Superintendent of the Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD), he has led numerous initiatives that have resulted in high levels of student academic achievement and increased attendance. The District’s current average daily attendance is over 97%. Additionally, suspension rates have dropped and there has been only one (1) expulsion over the last three (3) school years. Dr. Hammond has been instrumental in bringing distinctive programs to OMSD schools including: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), Project Based Learning (PBL), Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), and four (4) Accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools, three (3) of which are Primary Years Program and one (1) Middle Years Program. Under Dr. Hammond’s leadership, the Parent Education Center (PEC) was opened, serving families with training and resources to better support parents in addressing student’s needs. Additionally, Dr. Hammond developed the “Rising Star” program in order to recognize the students that have demonstrated the greatest improvement in their behavior and academic achievement during the better part of the school year. The Rising Star recognition has become a highly coveted recognition and one that has proven to be an effective incentive for students throughout the District. For these reasons, Dr. Hammond is truly deserving of this year’s Don Williams Memorial Award.

JJDPC Contact information

175 W. 5th St., 4th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415

(909) 522-8794