Kellie Henderson | Trainer Profile

Kellie Henderson

  • Vancouver, WA
  • $1200 daily (to include travel cost up to 100 miles)
  • 360-624-6331
  • Khenderson7272@gmail.com
  • English

Core Components

Workshop Description 1: (shorter day)
We will explore the challenge of truly understanding gang culture, what draws young people to it, and how we can offer a different path while attempting to repair harm.

Workshop Description 3: (full day)
Part 1 will encompass risk & protective factors most often present in gang members’ lives, present research about the “why” of working specifically with gang-affected youth and recognize the pervasive levels of trauma existing in our youths’ lives.

Part 2 will focus on moving past imprisonment as a solution and expand on the importance of gang-culture specific approaches of engagement to create a positive behavior change and begin the healing process.

Biography

Kellie Henderson has worked with high risk youth for approximately 25 years (to include homeless youth, sexually abused youth, and violent/high risk offenders). For the past 16 years Kellie has worked as a probation counselor with Clark County Juvenile Court, the last 11 specifically designed to engage with and decrease criminal behavior in gang affected youth. In addition to being a long-time community volunteer Kellie is a USAF veteran. Kellie has a BS in Psychology and Masters in Public Administration from WSU-Vancouver.

In 2008, Kellie co-founded Safe Communities Task force with Mick Hoffman of Vancouver Public Schools. Kellie and Mick brought together representatives from various agencies to create a holistic approach to community wellness and safety through education and mobilization. Kellie also piloted the first gang-specific intervention group in Clark County.

In 2012 Kellie was awarded both the YWCA’s Val Joshua Racial Justice Award, as well as the League of United Latin American Citizens Champion for Youth award. In 2014 Kellie was honored as one of the 25 Notable Alumni for WSU-V for her work with highly marginalized youth. In 2014 Kellie became a Certified Gang Specialist through The National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, Illinois and was awarded and recognized for her contribution to gang prevention, intervention, and research.

Kellie’s education, genuine passion for, and years of direct hands-on experience in working effectively with some of the highest level, traumatized youth make her an excellent resource for any community looking for models of what works, and why it works, as well as strategies for engagement and application .

Training Courses

Workshop Description 1: (Short Day)

Identifying gang behavior and gang indicators are important pieces of working effectively with gang-affected youth, but are they enough? If we are committed to making long-term community safety a reality, then we must take on the hard work of instilling hope and changing behavior in these youths. Research shows that gang youth experience 7-9 times the levels of trauma more so than other at-risk youth.  How then do we engage gang-affected youth in ways that actually change the trajectory of their future, foster resiliency, promote healing and ultimately reduce recidivism and increase community safety?

  • The focus of this day is to share strategies and practices currently being used to move young people toward behavior change and toward a place of hope.
  • We will explore the challenge of truly gaining an understanding of gang culture and what draws young people to it.
  • We will also explore the more prevalent traumas experienced youth in a gang culture and how we can offer a different path while attempting to repair harm.

Workshop Description 3: (Full Day)

Part 1

  • The workshop will encompass risk & protective factors most often present in gang members’ lives
  • Present research about the “why” of working specifically with gang-affected youth and recognize the pervasive levels of trauma existing in our youths’ lives.

Part 2

  • Will begin with a focus on moving past imprisonment as a solution and expand on the importance of gang-culture specific approaches of engagement to create a positive behavior change and begin the healing process.
  • Utilizing a trauma-informed approach the instructor will give specific strategies that appear timeless in closing the margins with highly traumatized youth.
  • In addition, this workshop will highlight the story of one gang set that set in motion, the first of its kind, intervention group in Clark County.
  • Participants will leave both workshops with inspiration to engage our sometimes most hardened youth as well as specific strategies for engagement.