Our History

NCC began as a result of a conversation between two men discussing the rising trend of truancy in the Round Rock school district and a local barber who knew introducing them to each other would lead to great things. When the Executive Director of Lifesteps, Efrain Davila, and the Justice of the Peace of Precinct 1, Judge Dain Johnson, met, they developed the idea of the Neighborhood Conference Committee (NCC).  Mr. Davila had seen this truancy-diversion program be successful in other areas of the state, he thought bringing it to Round Rock could possibly be the solution to the rising truancy trends. In 2009 the City of Round Rock, Round Rock ISD, Dain Johnson: Justice of the Peace 1, and Lifesteps were able to collaborate to create NCC and  start serving Round Rock ISD students and families  during the 2009-10 school year. Gaining momentum from the success of Round Rock NCC, LifeSteps was able to seek and gain further funding to expand the NCC program to Taylor and Georgetown the following school year.  That funding was supplied by United Way of Williamson County and the Seeds of Strength group in Georgetown.   Williamson County Juvenile Services joined the collaboration soon after and the NCC program began to quickly expand across Williamson County.

Our Process

ReferralThe local school district refers students to the NCC program once a student has accumulated several days of unexcused absences. The referral to NCC is made prior to accumulating the number of absences require Justice of the Peace Courts intervention. Each school district refers to NCC at the appropriate number of absences as determined by their pre-defined attendance policy standards. Once referred, the student is scheduled for an NCC appointment by their attendance officer, who sends a letter to the parent with the time and date of the scheduled meeting.

Initial InterviewWhen the student and parent/guardian(s) attend the initial NCC Intake session, they will meet with two volunteers. The role of volunteers in the NCC program is to serve as a member of the “Interview Panel”.   Panel members are trained to use open-ended questions to discuss possible reason(s) the student has been absent, encourage youth and their families as they problem solve and build the student’s motivation. The result is a highly personal, student driven “Personal Action Plan” that outlines a strategic plan to affect change and increase student success. The intake process can last 20 minutes to an hour based on the student’s level of involvement.

Follow-up: The student is required to follow-up with the Case Manager once a week for a 6 week period. The follow-up sessions are typically 10-15 minutes in length, depending on the students’ progress. The Case Manager will review the student’s grades, attendance and discipline reports from the school, as well as help to align community and school based solution focused support services.

CompletionA Successful NCC participant is defined as a student that attends all scheduled sessions with the Case Manager, follows through with the action steps outlined in their Positive Action Plan and shows an improvement in attendance. An Unsuccessful NCC participant is defined as a student who misses scheduled appointments with the Case Manager, chooses to make little or no progress on their Positive Action Plan, and continues to have attendance problems. Unsuccessful students are referred back to the school districts, at that time the school district can make the decision whether to file on those students for Failure to Attend in the JP Court. For those NCC participants that do not meet the definition of Successful or Unsuccessful, each school district has the opportunity to determine how that participant’s progress in the program will be categorized.  Because of the individualized nature of each Personal Action Plan, each school district and NCC Case Manager will make that determination based on multiple variables including academic progress, attitude, support network, effort, age and previous history with the NCC program.

 

Mission and Purpose

Mission: The Neighborhood Conference Committee of Williamson County encourages active membership of local citizens to improve the community by helping empower youth to take positive control over his/her choices relating to education.

Purpose: The Neighborhood Conference Committee of Williamson County seeks to divert youth from the Juvenile Justice System by intervening before formal court proceedings for truancy occur.

About the Staff

Georgetown NCC
Judy Boram – Site Coordinator
Claudia Doerfler – Case Manager

Round Rock NCC
Maria Padilla – Site Coordinator
Tim St. Peter – Case Manager

Taylor NCC
Jennifer Hicks – Site Coordinator
Dawn Morris – Case Manager

Florence NCC
Sheri Briggs- Site Coordinator
Mark Hillyer - Case Manger

Jarrell NCC
Tammy Fitzner - Site Coordinator
Mark Hillyer-Case Manager

Williamson County Juvenile Services
Kory Capps - Williamson County Prevention Coordinator
Dominique Simmons - Prevention Services Specialist II
Timothy St. Peter - Prevention Services Specialist I (RRISD)
Julie Watts - Prevention Specialist I 
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