Judge Burke To Weigh In On Youth Issues and Advocacy

Judge LeRoy Burke, III
Judge LeRoy Burke, III

The Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS) will host “Planting the Seed: Organizing, Cultivating and Supporting Youth Advocacy in Our Community- Part 2,” an exploration of youth advocacy and issues in the area community. This youth development and issues forum will be held on Saturday July 6, 2019, at 9:30 AM, in the Multipurpose Room of the WBS YMCA, located at 1110 May Street in Savannah, GA.

Honorable LeRoy Burke, III, Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court of Chatham County will weigh in with his presentation on our progress and his views on how we should be moving forward in this area. Early on, Past HCFS President Bishop Willie Ferrell asked the Board of Directors to revisit youth focused sessions, which have over the years, proven motivational and inspirational to those seeking to improve the quality of life of youth in the Savannah Area community.

Judge Burke will wrap up the focus on this subject started at last month’s forum by a panel of advocates and professionals with hands-on experience and expertise that shared visions, track records and recommendations for those charged with working with youth, as well as those laymen who are interested in lending financial and human resources toward youth development.

According to Diana Harvey Johnson, a consultant to the HCFS, the Board of Directors is excited to have Judge Burke return as a presenter to the forum. “We are still benefiting from his riveting April 5, 2008 presentation on the status of black males in the Savannah Chatham County Area.

Judge Burke has sat on the bench of the Chatham County Juvenile Court since 2004. Currently, as Chief Judge, he is known nationally as a progressive and innovative jurist in this field. He is a member, State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association, Port City Bar Association, Council of Juvenile Court Judges (District Representative 2011-12 and 2017-18), Associate Member Savannah Bar Association; ASTAR Fellow (Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource), Member, Judicial Workload Assessment Committee, Member State Advisory Council. Judge Burke has served the area community in a number of capacities: Former Member, Board of Directors, Memorial Health University Medical Center; Chatham County Truancy Protocol Committee (Chair); Board of Directors, Observance Day Association, Inc., for celebration of the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Parade Committee Chair); Member, Tau Beta Sigma Chapter Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Member and Past President, Frogs Club, Inc.; Life Member, Savannah Chapter NAACP.

Come lend your voice to this important issue in our community. For more information, please contact Julia Wright at 233-0855 or 927-8425.

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