Breaking the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline

Youth advocates and leaders encourage community members to come together in an ongoing series Saturday and talk about how childhood experiences at home and in school affect a child’s mental health and development.

South Jersey leaders and experts in the judicial system, public law, mental health and education will hold a public roundtable panel at the Atlantic County Library in Mays Landing for the Jack and Jill of America — Atlantic City chapter’s ongoing series, “Breaking the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline.”

Organizers said the free event aims to discuss in more detail how issues of adverse childhood experiences and school disciplinary policies affect the mental health of children.

The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing.

Panel guests will include speakers from local judicial systems and public law programs, including Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, Judge Susan F. Maven, of the Atlantic County Superior Court, and Kerrin Wolf, Stockton University assistant professor of business studies and public law.

Other guests include mental health professionals and experts such as Mary Mohrhoff, representative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness — Atlantic/Cape May chapter, and Harvey Lambert, guidance counselor at Atlantic City High School.

Marylynn Stecher, supervisor of special education and child-study teams for the Hamilton Township School District, and Jeff Wellington, supervisor of special projects for the Hamilton Township School District, will also join the panel to bring their expertise and experiences in the education field.

Jack and Jill of America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1938 in Philadelphia. Today, it is a membership organization of mothers with children 2 to 19 years old who advocate and support African-American youths through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

For more information about Saturday’s event and the ongoing series, visit

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