With an unwavering commitment to empower, enrich and educate underserved children to lead choice-filled lives, non-profit CORE welcomes long-time juvenile justice professional Jeff Jones to serve the organization on the CORE 2021 Board of Trustees.
“Jeff’s deeply-rooted experience and passion for working with youth and families will be so impactful to our CORE Scholars and the families we serve,” said Lindsay Harper, Executive Director of CORE. “He has such a deep sense of understanding and connection to the local community in Southern Nevada and we are thrilled for him to join the board as the newest CORE champion.”
A Las Vegas native, Jones brings nearly three decades of experience in working with local youth and families to CORE. Retiring this year from an impressive career as a Youth Probation Officer and Juvenile Services Manager with the Las Vegas Juvenile Justice Services Division, Jones is a graduate of Rancho High School with fond memories of a non-profit program that he was involved with in his youth that he credits with saving his life. He recalls how that experience informed his subsequent career within the juvenile justice system, saying “It’s important to treat people with dignity, to treat people with respect, and to treat people like someone who made a mistake. People make mistakes all of the time.”
Jones is looking forward to contributing his experience and expertise to help guide CORE’s outreach and services geared towards under-resourced youth.
“I think what is needed most by local youth is a combination of advocacy and non-traditional resources,” said Jones who recently attended CORE’s first in-person event of the year. “At the event, I saw community, everyone talking together and enjoying each other, and it was centered at Doolittle Park – right in the community – and I truly felt proud to be a part of it.”
A military veteran, Jones previously served in the U.S. Army. Following his term of service from the military, he attended Grambling State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Following his graduation from Grambling State University, he worked at the Methodist Children Home/Foster Care System, and next transitioned to his lifetime work as a Juvenile Probation Officer and youth advocate.
During his tenure as a Probation Officer, Jones had several roles in the juvenile justice system and has become a multi-honoree in the Juvenile Probation discipline. The Clark County Board of County Commissioners has previously recognized him for excellence in Juvenile Probation and has acknowledged his efforts with a Proclamation for commitment to youth at risk. The Nevada Association of Deputy Chief Probation Officers mirrored that sentiment by granting honors of the same at the statewide level.
CORE, powered by The Rogers Foundation, believes all children and families have the right to reach their full potential and pursue individual success. With a mission to empower, enrich and educate underserved children to lead choice-filled lives, the non-profit is a long-term, two-generational after school and weekend program that focuses on the individual needs of each student scholar and their family. For more information, visit www.corewecan.org or follow on social @corewecan
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