Chair of the Board, Youth Crime Watch of Liberia
Terry Modglin has been involved with youth crime prevention and youth development
programs for 30 years. He served as the first Director of Youth Programs for the
National Crime Prevent ion Council from 1984 through 1998, during which time the
organization developed a national youth crime prevention conference and several
enduring national youth education and action programs. From 1998 through early
2008 he served as Executive Director of Youth Crime Watch of America, during which
time the organization reached more than 40 of the United States and Youth Crime Watch
affiliates developed in many countries, including Liberia. He has also served as a
legislative representative with the U.S. Congress for youth crime prevention, runaway
and homeless youth, and U.S. Government employee causes; a consultant on youth
employment and training programs and on programs for high-risk
youth; a Staff Director of a Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives;
and a U.S. Army Officer.
Mr. Modglin’s record has been that of a pioneer in programming and advocacy.
The National Youth Crime Prevention Conference started by him and Youth Crime
Watch of America Founder Betty Ann Good brought youth and their adult leaders
from across the U.S. and other countries for more than 20 years. He also was a
key figure in the genesis of the Teens, Crime, and the Community Education and Action
Program; the Texas City Action Plan to Prevent Crime, which served as a precursor for
many U.S. Department of Justice efforts for years to come; the Youth as Resources
program in which young people undertake action projects approved by youth-adult boards;
and Youth Crime Watch of the Mid-Atlantic, a regional affiliate of Youth Crime Watch of
America, among others. He has also placed great emphasis on developing a cadre of young
leaders whose longer involvement in crime prevention
and contributions to society has been a great satisfaction to him.
His volunteer efforts include coaching youth basketball in his community every year
since 1987, serving as a leader in the fraternal organization of the U.S. Army unit
in which he served; and participation on a number of regional and national boards of
directors. He has participated in the Marine Corps Marathon every year since 1987
and runs other long-distance races. Mr. Modglin received a Bachelor’s of Science in
Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Administration from
the American University. He has two children and six grandchildren and has had the
longtime support of his friend Jeanie O’Neil.
Business owner, social entrepreneur, youth advocate, focus on prevention education,
creating leaders for the future, public safety, equity in education and opportunity,
improving social service delivery, increasing our probability of survival.
He is a graduate of University of Arizona in 1982 in MSUP, Urban Planning,
Environmental Planning, Free University of Berlin 1987 in Human Perception Studies,
Cognitive Mapping, University of Rhode Island 1997, MA in Adult Education, Professional
Development and Rhode Island 1978 with BS in Resource Development, Natural Resource
Mr. Mattson is presently the President/Owner of John Matson Consulting since 2007 and
provides professional consulting services to governmental agencies, non-profits, K-12
education, higher education, social service organizations, and socially-concerned
businesses. Services include research, program design, organizational development and
improvement, needs assessments, strategic planning, professional development, training
services, grant writing, data collection/ analysis, logic modeling, outcome measurement,
program assessment and evaluation.
He has a lot of experience in stage building and construction in major musical theater
and has developed 3-12 interventions and curricula to help low income youth with academic,
social/emotional, and career development and college access. He also developed and
delivered training for staff at all levels, staff supervision, human services,
assessment and evaluation, grant writing and continue to serve as a consultant.
Mr. Mattson serves in many capacities before forming his consulting firm which
Associate Director of Law-Related Education at the University of Rhode Island,
Stage Technician for Theater des Westens, in Berlin, Germany and Training &
Program Development Manager at The College Crusade of Rhode Island.
Moses Saygbe holds BS in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams
University in Bristol, Rhode Island and Public Administration and MS in Criminal
Justice Administration from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. He is presently
the Crime Prevention Specialist of the Rhode Island Department of Attorney
General since 1992. He has 22 years of experience working with the
State of Rhode Island Criminal Justice system and 14 years in Juvenile
Correction. He also have more than 26 years of experience working with the
young adults population (youth) in areas of; leadership development, strategic
planning, crime prevention (drug abuse, gang violence, underage drinking,
substance abuse, teen dating violence etc), building partnership, managed,
coordinate & implement youth programs etc.
He provides and promotes crime prevention, education, training,
assistance, and professional development to law enforcement, school, community
groups, private citizens, and other crime prevention practitioners to improve
the quality of life in Rhode Island. Foster and encourage the concept of
citizens’ utilization of effective crime prevention methods. Disseminate
information on existing gang activities or anti-social behaviors, conduct
informational meeting on crime prevention and make resources available to all.