NILES — A professional development symposium on racial justice, mental health awareness and suicide prevention will take place Friday at the Eastwood Event Center in Niles.
The keynote speaker is Kevin Richardson, who, at age 14, was wrongfully convicted and served seven years in prison for a brutal crime in New York’s Central Park. Her story is told in the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us.” The symposium is a one-day event presented by Coleman Health Services in partnership with the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board.
The event will also feature Laurese Glover, who, with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project, had her case dismissed in 2016 after being charged with a 1995 murder in Cleveland.
Other speakers include Judge Carla Baldwin of the Youngstown City Court, James DeLucia of the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, attorney Pierce Reed of the Ohio Innocence Project and Carmella Hill, Clinical Director of Coleman County Health Services. by Trumbull. Malik Mostella, community liaison officer for the Youngstown Police Department, will serve as emcee and Carol Bennett, assistant diversity provost at YSU, will moderate the interviews and panel discussion.
Registration is $100, which includes breakfast, lunch, and continuing education credits.