Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES is a grant funded initiative under the supervision of Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division. In addition to the Leadership Team below, Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES relies on the assistance of a volunteer Community Advisory Board, consisting of professionals from a diverse group of youth serving organizations representing Allen County.
Judge Charles F. Pratt began his service to Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division as a Judicial Referee in 1983. He was appointed Magistrate in 1985 and was elected Judge by the people of Allen County in 1998. Judge Pratt founded the Annual Conference on Youth in 1990 and Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES in 1999, providing strengths-based practices and positive youth development training to youth workers in Allen County.
Amanda Miller, Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES, Director
Amanda joined Great KIDS in February, 2018. She holds a BS from Purdue University in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Before coming to Great KIDS, Amanda worked in advertising and marketing for a non-for-profit as well as in the financial industry. Additionally, she has experience in project management, event planning, organizing volunteers and community events.
Jessica Gervais, Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES, Training Coordinator
Jessica joined Great KIDS in January 2017. She earned her BSW from the University of Saint Francis, where she developed a passion for empowering youth and families. Jessica continues to stay connected to USF by serving on their Social Work Community Advisory Board. Jessica completed the “Essentials of Asset Building” Training of Trainers with Search Institute in 2017, and offers training on the 40 Developmental Assets to agencies and organizations throughout Allen County. Jessica devotes a majority of her time with Great KIDS to the Mental Health Training Series, which offers training and education on youth development strategies to the community. Prior to coming to Great KIDS, she previously assisted the YMCA Youth Service Bureau as an intern where she gained experience in providing support and resources to families and youth in crisis. Jessica continues to support youth and families in Allen County by serving on the YSB’s Advisory Board and fundraising committee.
Joelle Schrader, Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES, Leader Impact Academy Coordinator
Joelle joined Great KIDS in January, 2018. She holds a BS in Communications from Ball State University. Joelle is an experienced trainer and motivational speaker who has over 20 years of experience in the field of professional training & development. In her role at Great KIDS she offers training on the 40 Developmental Assets and runs the Leader Impact Academy. The purpose of the Academy is to empower leaders from all professional sectors to advance the well-being of Allen County’s children and families. Prior to coming to Great KIDS Joelle worked in training and development in the financial industry. She also serves as a presenter for the The Respect Team.