Ian Spencer joined LaSalle’s staff in 2013 and is currently the Director of Alternative to Detention Services. Mr. Spencer is responsible for overseeing interagency alternative detention programs for youth ages 9-17 of both genders based in JRFC programs at LaSalle School, St. Catherine’s Center for Children, and St. Anne Institute. The purpose of the Juvenile Reporting and Family Center during our three-month intervention with a family is to provide a holistic approach to build and enhance the protective factors for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system while maintaining the youth’s connection to his or her community.
Before his current position, Ian was a program director for six years with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady working with youth and families in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood. He worked on average with 85 children a day at the Mont Pleasant Clubhouse site implementing a diverse program meeting the needs and interests of community youth, and helping members acquire the capacities in the following youth development outcomes: positive self-identity, competencies, community and civic involvement, health and well-being and moral compass. Ian received a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in History from Brock University.
Ian is currently serving on the Juvenile Justice Steering Committee for Albany County, has also served on a subcommittee for Alternatives to Detention. As a member of the executive committee of the Capital Region Youth Juvenile Justice Team, Ian serves on the Restorative Justice and Racial and Ethnic Disparities workgroup and Youth and Family Engagement workgroup. He currently represents the Capital Region Youth Justice team as a liaison to the state level Partnership for Youth Justice (PYJ). Working on PYJ sub-committees for Transition Aged Youth and Electronic monitoring. He has served on New York State’s After-Hours Detention Risk Assessment subcommittee.