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FGCU Invites Public, Media to Focus Group Jan. 23 to Discuss Topics Relating to Youth, Justice Issues

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public and the media to attend a focus group of Southwest Florida's school superintendents and selected high school students, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 in the Student Union ballroom to address key issues and concerns identified by high school students in FGCU's five-county service area.

The FGCU Institute for Youth and Justice Studies and the School District of Lee County, including President William C. Merwin and Superintendent Jim Browder, host the meeting.

Participants discuss topics relating to youth and justice, and plans of action that are of particular concern to students in each respective high school, such as drugs on campus, school disruptions and violence, and community service.

Mason Goss, Head of School at The Canterbury School, and Marshall Bower, Senior Partner of Bower & Liles, P.A., facilitate discussion during the meeting.

"We plan to host subsequent meetings to discuss the progress made toward addressing each topic," said Sandra O'Brien, director of the FGCU Institute for Youth and Justice Studies, and assistant professor of Public Affairs.

The mission of the FGCU Institute for Youth and Justice Studies is to further studies relating to policies and practices of youth development and juvenile justice. Goals include advancing the theoretical and applied perspectives in the disciplines of youth development and juvenile justice; soliciting funding to facilitate research for FGCU faculty, students and practitioners; engaging local, regional and national experts from the various justice disciplines to provide practitioner and student education and training; publishing the results of collaborative research for purposes of scholarship, replication and empirical analysis; and establishing sister center relationships with national and international institutes with similar missions and goals.

For more information, media representatives should contact O'Brien at (239) 590-7835 or

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