Journalist Griffin joins Youth Services Board of Directors | Community News

BRATTLEBORO — Annaliese Griffin, a reporter for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Marshall Project, Quartz and New York Magazine recently joined 11 other community members in serving on the Youth Services Board of Directors. Through 20 programs ranging from restorative justice to mentoring, transitional living, workforce development and therapeutic case management, the nonprofit agency helps Windham County thrive.

Griffin has served on the Brattleboro Community Justice Center Board of Directors since 2019 and as a volunteer since 2016. She has been a member of several of the center’s Circles of Support and Reintegration Accountability, in which a team of trained community volunteers meet with people. recently released from prison. The group helps with challenges such as finding a place to live and work, healing relationships and creating new ones.

Mel Motel of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center recalled that when Griffin served as a member of the City of Brattleboro’s Community Safety Review Committee in 2020, the reporter brought information from the committee to its board members, to the Restorative Justice Volunteerism and the Center Neighborhood Restorative Justice. Committee, which explored ways to bring restorative justice to neighborhoods and local groups.

She was instrumental in the decision of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center to merge with Youth Services Restorative Justice Programs, Griffin said she was thrilled to see the merger benefit communities in Windham County by bringing together all existing restorative justice services under one roof to better serve people.

“I also expect the two organizations working together to develop more creative community restoration programs,” Griffin said.

Griffin divides his time as a journalist between writing and editing for a number of national publications. Recently, she joined the public relations committee of Youth Services where she hopes to put her expertise in writing to good use.

“Annaliese’s experience as a journalist will help us refine our media relations efforts and our ability to explain the purpose behind concepts such as restorative justice with the wider community,” said the president of the Youth Services Council, Cathy Coonan. “We also appreciate his enthusiasm for our fundraising events and as we refine our volunteer training, we look forward to building on his experience as a Brattleboro Community Justice Center volunteer,” Coonan said.

The latest addition to the Youth Services Board, Griffin grew up in Springfield, Vermont, and moved to Brattleboro with her family five years ago.

To find out how you can get involved with Youth Services or to refer someone for services, visit www.youthservicesinc.org or call 802-257-0361.

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