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 .