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Iowa Task Force for Young Women

Promoting innovative female responsive techniques through education and advocacy

The Iowa Task Force for Young Women (ITFYW) was formed in 1995, as a subcommittee of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council (JJAC).  The JJAC serves as Iowa’s State Advisory Group for administration of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.  The ITFYW serves to address the issue of females and juvenile justice and to advise the JJAC.  The goal of the ITFYW has been, and continues to be, to facilitate a comprehensive fundamental change in the juvenile justice system that will enhance the understanding and utilization of innovative gender-responsive approaches in all programs and services that serve the adolescent female population of Iowa’s juvenile justice system.

“The Iowa Task Force for Young Women has been front and center on influencing change in the juvenile system and understanding best practices for working with girls – even before the term ‘gender responsive’ was popular.” 

~Giovanna Taormina, Executive Director, One Circle Foundation, California

“When you recall that today’s girls are tomorrow’s women, the Iowa Task Force for Young Women is guaranteeing that the future will be bright for tomorrow’s leaders, female as well as male, while also providing the nation with a model approach to girls’ services.” 

~Dr. Meda Chesney-Lind, University of Hawaii 

Position Paper

Services for Females under Juvenile Court Jurisdiction with High Risk and/or Need Factors

Goals & Objectives

Goal:   Strengthen, through collaboration, the continuum of care for females  involved in the juvenile justice system.

  • Objective 1:   Advocate for legislation, policies and rules that create an appropriate level of instate care for high risk, delinquent young women;
  • Objective 2:     Educate and train stakeholders and increase public awareness on the importance of female-responsive services;
  • Objective 3:   Pursue new research/data as well as analyze and link existing research/data regarding juvenile females in the justice system.

Iowa Task Force for Young Women Members

Jennifer Tibbetts, ChairCatherine McAuley CenterCedar Rapids
Ashley Artzer

5th Judicial District Juvenile Court Services

Des Moines

Linda Bisgaard

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Des Moines

Kristen Corey

Office on the Status of Women

Des Moines

Andrea Dencklau

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa

Des Moines

Andrea Dickerson

Youth & Shelter Services

Jackie EllenbeckerJuvenile Court ServicesMarshalltown
Lindsay HammesWoodward AcademyWoodward
Stephanie HernandezFamily ResourcesDavenport

Bethany Kohoutek

Lutheran Services in Iowa

Des Moines

Julie MartinLinn County Juvenile Justice CenterCedar Rapids
Sonia Reyes-SnyderOffice of Latino AffairsDes Moines
Lori RinehartPast ChairDes Moines

Recent ITFYW Meetings

The Iowa Task Force for Young Women meets quarterly during the months of February, May, August, and November.  Please check the calendar for future times and locations.