Fiscal Year 2010 Fellowship Recipients
Sarah S. Pearson has focused her career on championing youth by informing and improving the policies that affect themfrom the local to the national level. Much of her work has been on educating policymakers by creating learning opportunities and resources such as publications and high-level panel discussions that open dialog and bridge the worlds of policy, research, and practice. Key interests include community partnerships in support of children and youth, peer-to-peer networks, restorative justice, tribal youth programs and policy, alternatives to incarceration, and public education innovations. Before joining OJJDP as a fellow in October 2010, Ms. Pearson served as the Deputy Director for the Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. Previously, Ms. Pearson worked at the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), where she led national-level discussions, conducted education programs for national policymakers and staff, and served as the principal investigator of research on tribal youth programs, education reform efforts, service learning, youth courts, youth with disability, and other youth policy issues. Ms. Pearson is the author of numerous youth-focused policy briefs and reports, including Strengthening Indian Country Through Tribal Youth Programs, published in 2009 by AYPF in collaboration with OJJDP.
Shania Kapoor began working in the field of children's exposure to violence as the director of activity groups for children in a residential shelter for victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County, VA. Ms. Kapoor used this firsthand experience and research on the impact of exposure to violence on children to develop and implement a series of comprehensive trainings as a clinical consultant for New York City's Administration for Children's Services. Topics of the trainings included exposure to domestic violence across developmental stages, early intervention and exposure to domestic violence, safety planning for survivors and children, domestic violence policy and documentation, and accountability and fathering in the context of domestic violence. At the Administration for Children's Services, Ms. Kapoor also collaborated with child welfare staff and foster care agencies on domestic violence and mental health cases. She provided case consultations, written reports for child welfare staff and judges, and attended safety and risk conferences for children and adolescents exposed to violence in the home.