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    • 12/17/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

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    Free Members Workshop

    December 17, 2021
     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Programs to Support Students Involved in the Juvenile Justice System ~
    Partnering with
    MN Department of Education (MDE)
    Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) 


    Presented by:
    Alyssa Klein, Transition Coordinator (DEED-VRS)
    Cory Schmid, Employment and Training Specialist (DEED)
    Jamie Cyson, Lead Counselor (DEED-VRS)
    Lindsey Horowitz, Transition Specialist (MDE)
    Moi Boudoir, Neglected Delinquent and Foster Care Specialist (MDE)
    Roberto Reyes, State Homeless Coordinator (MDE)


    The goal of this workshop is to inform juvenile justice system professionals of the programs and resources available through MDE and DEED to collaboratively support youth in obtaining their high school diploma, entering postsecondary education or training and gaining employment.


    • Become aware of programs and resources available to support justice-involved youth.
    • Learn how to help students gain career-development experiences, including work experience, while they are in high school.
    • Understand best practices for partnering with programs and who the contacts are that serve each school in the state.

    Workshop Description

    Attendees will learn about the following programs:

    ·      ESSA Title I Part D, Subpart 1 and 2, Neglected/Delinquent Program

    ·       McKinney Vento Homeless Youth programming

    ·       WIOA-Youth programs

    ·       IDEA special education transition services

    ·       WIOA Vocational Rehabilitation Services

    Presenter Bios:

    Alyssa Klein:  Alyssa has worked for Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) for 25 years.  She began her tenure as a career guidance (VR) counselor for youth and adults with disabilities. In her current statewide role, she works on policy, leads interagency initiatives, and provides training and technical assistance to VRS staff and stakeholders related to assisting youth with disabilities to be successful in postsecondary education and employment. Her primary interest is to see that all people with disabilities have the information, opportunities and supports needed to explore, prepare for and be successful in careers. 

    Jamie Cyson:  Jamie is a tribal member of the Anishinaabe White Earth Nation. She has worked with Vocational Rehabilitation services providing services to both youth and adults. She is currently working as a Lead Rehabilitation Counselor for American Indian youth and adults.

    Lindsey Horowitz:  Lindsey has worked in education for 15 years.  She began as a special education teacher in California, working with students of transition age.  She came home to MN to work in Saint Paul Public Schools in multiple positions, including, special education transition teacher, lead teacher, peer coach and coordinator.  She is also a former principal of a transition program in Minneapolis Public Schools as well as a director of special services for Brooklyn Center Schools.  Lindsey is currently the Postsecondary Transition Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education.  She works together with families, districts, and other state agencies supporting increased outcomes for employment and postsecondary options for our youth. 

    Moi Boudoir:  Moi Boudoir received Bachelor’s a Degree in Social Work focused on Child Welfare and a Minor in psychology at Metropolitan State University in 2018. Before going to college, he mentored children and youth in foster care and the Juvenile Justice system for over 13 years. When he could no longer mentor youth, he became a foster parent for teen boys.  Moi has always had a passion for helping youth find their way to a better future to be whoever they wanted to be.  

    Moi is currently working at the Minnesota Department of Education as the Neglected Delinquent and Foster care Specialist. Some of his responsibilities are to review grant applications to 25 school districts and 33 subgrantees that provide services to children who are either neglected or delinquent in the juvenile justice system or other facilities that offer services for neglected, delinquent student populations. He monitors each district for compliance with the Federal law Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA). He evaluates school districts for program performance outcomes for the populations they serve.  

    Moi is the foster care point of contact for the state of Minnesota, guiding school districts on transportation issues for children in foster care, helping counties and districts work out their transportation agreements and other matters containing the children in foster care.

    Moi spends most of his time with his wife Carla of 25 years. As a grandfather, he enjoys his time with 15 grandchildren, hearing them play, laugh, and enjoy themselves. Moi likes going to church, where he is a Minister, traveling, spending time at home, and helping less fortunate people to find a better way to live.  

    Roberto Reyes:  As the State Coordinator for Homeless Education at the Minnesota Department Of Education, Mr. Reyes provides technical assistance, in coordination with local liaisons, to all LEAs in order to ensure compliance with the following LEA requirements: school choice/placement, best interest determination, enrollment disputes, records, comparable services, coordination, local liaison duties, review and revision of policies, and the prohibition on segregation under the McKinney-Vento Act. The goals being: Improvement of educational services for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at-risk so they have the opportunity to meet academic content and achievement standards; providing children and youth with services to successfully transition from residential placement to further schooling or employment; and prevent at-risk youth from dropping out of school, and provide dropouts and children and youth returning from correctional facilities with a support system to ensure their continued education.  

    Mr. Reyes received his Bachelors of Applied Science at in Workforce Education Development at University of Southern Illinois, IL and his Master’s Degree(s) in Counseling and Workforce Education and Development at Mercy College, NY.  Mr. Reyes has extensive experience working with vulnerable/homeless children for non-profit, county and state organizations including Ramsey County, New York City Department of Education and now the Minnesota Department of Education. Roberto is a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Reserve retired Veteran having served in Operation Desert Storm.

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    Registration will close at 4 p.m. on December 15th.  Zoom information will be emailed to attendees after registration has closed.

    Register for This Workshop Today!  
    Registration will close at 4:00 p.m. December 15th
    *This is a Free training event for MCA Members

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MCA Office 

PO Box 261

Wyoming, MN 55092

Phone: 651.462.8320

Email: mn-ca 

Fax: 651.717.6137

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