Ms. April Putzulu


Ms. April Putzulu (Seminole) has 36 years of service to children and families, namely youth who were at-risk for delinquency, dependency, substance abuse, and behavioral health issues. Developing creative prevention programs for children that remain in existence today and serving, supporting, and advocating for children, youth, and families. First as a Juvenile Probation Officer, for the Department of Juvenile Justice, for Operation PAR as Safe & Drug Free Schools Coordinator; her work led to the National Safe and Drug-Free Schools designation. She returned to DJJ serving as Board & Council Coordinator; oversaw Juvenile Justice Boards and Councils and implemented strategic plans leading to the creation of Teen Court, and other prevention programming with an emphasis on gender-specific programming for girls. Joining the lead child welfare agency, she served as a conduit of people and ideas. Instrumental in forming a relationship with the Tampa Bay Rays, Rays pitcher James Shields, and his wife Ryane to form the Big Game James Club where hundreds of foster children were able to attend MLB games each year. April serves as the Senior Manager of Strategic Communications for JWB (Juvenile Welfare Board). Her efficacy is well documented with life-changing outcomes and five international Telly Awards.

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