Until recently, John A. Calhoun was president and CEO of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). His twenty years of work at NCPC included award-winning public service advertising, training and technical assistance, demonstration programs, publications, and management of the 4,500-member Crime Prevention Coalition of America, which is made up of top leaders representing constituencies on the local, state, and national levels. Jack revolutionized crime prevention by shifting its definition...See more
Until recently, John A. Calhoun was president and CEO of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). His twenty years of work at NCPC included award-winning public service advertising, training and technical assistance, demonstration programs, publications, and management of the 4,500-member Crime Prevention Coalition of America, which is made up of top leaders representing constituencies on the local, state, and national levels. Jack revolutionized crime prevention by shifting its definition to encompass building vital communities that don t produce crime and creating programs that involve youth as positive change agents in their communities. Founded by Jack in 1982, NCPC became the nation s resource center for crime prevention and community building. In 1976, the governor of Massachusetts appointed Calhoun to serve as the Commissioner of the Department of Youth Service, where Calhoun chaired the Adolescent Task Force and State of the Family Task Force. He also created employment, court diversion, and restitution programs for youth as Program Director at Action for Boston Community Development, Vice President of Technical Development Corporation, and Executive Director of Justice Resource Institute. In l979, President Jimmy Carter named him the United States Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), where Calhoun oversaw such programs as Head Start, Child Abuse and Neglect, Foster Care, and Runaway Youth. He also created the Office for Families and the Office of Domestic Violence Prevention. Following his Carter years, Jack served as Vice President of the Child Welfare League of America. Jack s vision created vital legislation: while in Massachusetts, he drafted and saw through to passage the nation s first pre-trial diversion law. Under President Carter, he helped write and then saw Congress enact the landmark Child Welfare and Adoption Act of 1980, called by Dr. Wade Horn, ACYF Commissioner, one of the three most important laws affecting children in the last 100 years. Jack is the author of major policy papers Faith in Action and National Service and Public Safety, and also writes many articles and special book chapters. His editorials have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers. A wide variety of publications feature portions of his speeches. Calhoun has testified frequently before city councils, state legislators, and Congress, serves on many boards and is a frequent media guest, with appearances on the Today Show, Larry King Live, and PBS. Jack has moderated executive seminars at the Aspen Institute and has lectured at numerous universities. He received the 1998 Award of Recognition from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, amongst many others. Calhoun holds a BA from Brown University, a Master s in Theology from the Episcopal Divinity School, a Master s in Public Administration with honors from Harvard s Kennedy School of Government, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Heidelberg College. Since retiring from NCPC, Jack continues to write and give speeches here and abroad in addition to serving as a consultant to the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, where he designed and now helps to administer a thirteen-city gang prevention program in California. See less
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