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Circuit Advisory Boards Spotlight

Circuit 7 Advisory Board Chair Dana Platas 

Dana CAB Spot

Mrs. Platas has served as chair for the Volusia County Juvenile Justice Council for the past four years, vice chair for the Circuit 7 Juvenile Justice Board for the past two years and co-secretary for the Duval County Juvenile Justice Council for the past year. 

Mrs. Platas is a Florida native and graduate from Florida State University (FSU), with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her career began with the Department of Juvenile Justice, and she has continued to work with troubled youth since 1995.  She is a certified trainer in “Girl Matters: Creating a Culture that Celebrates and Values Girls and Young Women;” keeping the issues of young women in the forefront of all systems of care.

Mrs. Platas is a mentor, member of Florida council on Crime and Delinquency, FSU Alumni, Texas Equusearch (Florida Chapter) and the Circuit 7 DMC Steering committee.  She has also participated in various work groups, including the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project with the Department. Mrs. Platas is also a licensed real estate agent and likes to spend time with her family, friends and dogs.  

The next Circuit 7 Advisory Board meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on May 16 at the Volusia County Health Department, located at 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach, FL  32117, Room 516C.

Peria DuncanCircuit 12 Advisory Board Chair Peria Duncan


Peria Duncan is the Criminal Justice Liaison for Manatee County. She has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University and has extensive related training.  Ms. Duncan previously held the position of Regional Administrator for the Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, and was an Executive Board Member for the Washington Correctional Association for many years.

Ms. Duncan’s experience in Juvenile and Adult Corrections includes line level through administrative positions in county, state, residential and community settings. She has chaired a bachelor degree level Criminal Justice program, and was a Regional Administrator with the Washington Department of Early Learning. Ms. Duncan wrote the book “The Correctional Officer’s Resource Guide, 4th edition” for the American Correctional Association, of which she is a member, and has another pending publication.  

The next Circuit 12 meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. on April 14 at 4215 Concept Court at Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County.


Circuit 14 Activities

  • Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide event to promote the importance of after school programs for children, families and communities. ASAP joined over 1 million parents, youth, community stakeholders, state and national leaders to keep the lights on after school.

    The Lights On Afterschool event is used to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering opportunities to learn new things. Statistics shows that well over 1 in 4 youth are alone and unsupervised after school and the majority of juvenile crime occurs between the non-school hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Afterschool programs keep youth safe, help working families and inspire learning in areas of science, community service and new skills training. They provide opportunities to help youth develop into successful adults.

    The event sends a powerful message that many more kids need quality afterschool programs.

  • As a prevention tool, ASAP introduced Robotics to its youth referred to the DJJ program. The youth are given the ability to design, build and program robots of all shapes and sizes to perform exciting tasks, challenges and missions. The intent of the Robotics program is to inspire the youth and develop an interest in engineering and technology, while learning the principles of engineering hands-on. A partnership with Gulf Coast State College obtained willing volunteers with programming knowledge and patience to make this project a huge success!

  • With assistance from our partners at Home Depot and our local 4H-UF/IFAS Extension Offfice, youth referred to the DJJ program construct a garden bed with lumber, soil and wire. The youth determine which vegetables to grow and at what time of the year to plant based on extensive research and utilization of the internet in ASAP’s computer lab. The youth are responsible for watering and nurturing the plants to ensure continued life. Youth are also given healthy recipes that are taken home to prepare a healthy meal together with their family.