About | Speakers | Schedule | Registration

When: April 10, 2014

Where: UMSL, J.C. Penney Conference Center

Speakers at this year’s conference will examine strategies for responding to youth violence in general and in St. Louis specifically. Speakers will examine the following topics:

  • Effective police strategies for dealing with gun violence in St. Louis
  • The impact of incarceration on children and families
  • Family violence and effects on the community
  • Gangs in developmental perspective
  • The unique effect of gangs on adolescent violence and strategies for responding to gang-related violence


Who Should Attend

  • Professionals who work with at-risk youth
  • Probation officers
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Public health worker
  • Youth advocates
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in the welfare of children and youth


  • Des Lee Collaborative Vision
  • Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Professional & Continuing Studies

The Des Lee Collaborative Vision at the University of Missouri–St. Louis brings together key St. Louis educational, cultural and governmental institutions to establish programs and share resources that will benefit the St. Louis community. This is done through collaboration of more than 25 endowed professors and more than 100 member and community organizations in the St. Louis region. The Des Lee Collaborative Vision is connecting St. Louis through educational and community partnerships. Financial assistance for this conference has been provided by the Des Lee Collaborative Vision.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

.75 CEUs will be awarded for full attendance at the conference. One Continuing Education Unit is awarded for 10 hours of participation in a CE program.


Chris Melde
School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University

Hilary Potter
Department of Sociology
University of Colorado

David Pyrooz
College of Criminal Justice
Sam Houston State University

Richard Rosenfeld
Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Univeristy of Missouri–St. Louis

Sara Wakefield
School of Criminal Justice
Rutgers University

Organized By:

Finn-Aage Esbensen
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence
Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
University of Missouri–St. Louis


  • 7:45–8:45 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast (Lobby)
  • 8:45–9:00 AM | Welcome and Conference Overview (Auditorium)
  • 9:00–10:00 AM | Chris Melde | Gangs and Adolescent Development
  • 10:00–10:20 AM | Break (Lobby)
  • 10:20–11:20 AM | David Pyrooz | School of Hard Knocks: The impact of gang membership on educational attainment
  • 11:20 AM–12:20 PM | Sara Wakefield | Children of the Prison Boom: Mass incarceration and childhood well-being
  • 12:20–1:15 PM | Lunch (Summit Room)
  • 1:15–2:15 PM | Hillary Potter | Hood Work: Triumphs and tribulations of community activists' grassroots anti-violence efforts
  • 2:15–3:15 PM | Rick Rosenfeld | Hot Spots Policing and Youth Crime Prevention
  • 3:15–4:00 PM | Snacks Available in the Lobby


The registration fee is $35, which includes breakfast and lunch. To register:

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded or applied to a future program at your request. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund only if you cancel prior to the conference.