CFYJ Chief Operating Officer
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CFYJ Vice President & Deputy Director
Vice President & Deputy Director at the Campaign. Prior to her role here, Ms. Sandoval served as the Program Associate at the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. She has served as the Juvenile Justice Federal Policy Coordinator at the Center for Youth as Resources, a national youth development program, the Policy and Resource Development Specialist for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, a national youth advocacy group, and Program Director for the Gang Rescue and Support Project, a Denver, Colorado organization targeting at-risk youth. In addition, she served as a volunteer advocate as a governor-appointed member of the Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council for 10 years. Ms. Sandoval graduated with a Masters of Public Administration from University of Colorado at Denver. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, with an emphasis in high-risk youth studies, from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
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CFYJ Policy Director
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Aprill O. Turner
CFYJ Director of Communications & Media Relations
Prior to coming to the Campaign for Youth Justice, Aprill taught public relations and journalism at Morgan State University and Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. She has also been Communications Consultant for the National Association of Black Journalists, Senior Account Executive at CooperKatz Public Relations in New York City, as well as planned and conducted media outreach initiatives for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. In addition, Aprill has worked on Capitol Hill in several media capacities, including Press Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Deputy Press Secretary to Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts and Communications Director to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York. Aprill has lead media strategy for several local, Congressional and Senatorial campaigns.
Aprill holds a bachelor's degree in legal communications from Howard University and a master's degree in political communication and fundraising from The George Washington University. Aprill is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the National Black Public Relations Society, and a former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
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CFYJ State Field Organizer
Angella Bellota works as the Campaign for Youth Justices State Field Organizer. Angella provides technical assistance to targeted state campaigns aiming to end the prosecution of children as adults. She is currently providing technical assistance to North Carolinas Raise the Age Campaign, with a focus on grassroots mobilization, coalition building and public education.
Prior to joining the Campaign, Angella worked at Action for Children North Carolina, a state level childrens policy and research organization. In her capacity at Action for Children, Angella led the Research and Data team with developing child well-being publications in order to educate and engage policy makers and the general public. Her expertise and experience lead the organization to prioritize issues affecting children of color, resulting in Action for Childrens first publication about children of immigrant families. She also lead community outreach efforts and assisted in developing and implementing state and local strategies to build public will for campaigns around juvenile justice, education and health in under-served communities. She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, receiving a BA in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She completed her masters degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University, with a concentration in social inequality.
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CFYJ Fellow and Spokesperson