The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences recently accepted – on behalf of Case Western Reserve University – the first annual “Partnership Award” from the Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division at their annual Probation Appreciation Luncheon on May 9, 2014.Partnership-Award-Ceremony

The award, presented by Juvenile Court Administrator, Marita Kavalec, recognized the many collaborative projects between the Begun Center and the Juvenile Court. She acknowledged the many staff and faculty from the Begun Center and the Schubert Center for Child Studies who have worked with the Court.

In her presentation, Ms. Kavalec read an excerpt from a 1935 Annual Report of the Court: “Shortly after assuming office, Judge Eastman prevailed upon the School of Applied Social Science of Western Reserve University to make an extension course on the ‘Principles of Case Work for Probation Officers’, available to members of the staff…17 officers registered and attended these classes during the 1928-29 school year. Similar courses have been offered each succeeding year and have been the means of keeping older members of staff abreast of the latest social work methods in dealing with delinquency, dependency, and neglect.”

Ms. Kavalec went on to say, “Case Western Reserve University is not only one of our best partners, they are truly one of our oldest partners. Case works side by side with us on many initiatives – Defending Childhood , System of Care , BHJJ , STANCE, MST , and many others.”

Ms. Kavalec concluded her comments by saying, “An organization is located in a building somewhere, but it is truly made up of people, and Case Western Reserve University is filled with smart, dedicated, caring people that make our work and our community better.“

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