About YAU


Spivack has 35+ years of experience in both juvenile justice, and arts and non-profit administration. She recently retired from the Genesee County Family Court where she served as a Juvenile/Family Court Referee She has also taught at UM-Flint since 2002. Spivack co-authored the book ‘Implementing a Gender-Based Arts Program for Juvenile Offenders’ and has written numerous articles and presented workshops on issues related to the arts and the juvenile justice system. In 2019 and 2020, Spivack was awarded FTAAPP grants by the Kellogg Foundation for her work with YAU. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profits.

Fields has been with YAU since 2013 and is responsible for finances, and grant and program management. Fields developed the HerStory: UNLOCKED project (which has received two Michigan Humanities grants), has presented workshops at national and state conferences and is active with the national Justice Arts Coalition (JAC). Fields has worked in the non-profit sector in Michigan and in Canada over the past 25+ years.

Beatty is an actor, model, assistant elementary teacher and spoken word performer/creator. She earned a BA from UM-Flint, with a major in Theatre Performance and a minor in Communication. She is from Detroit and was the first in her family to graduate from college.

Teaching Statement: Being at GCJCC has reminded me of the voice that we all need sometimes. I encourage the youth to express their journey in their own ways, in their own words, and to be in the moment and appreciate what you are right now. We find the beauty in this through Spoken Word.

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Shelley R. Spivack  Co-Founder and Co-Director
C.L. Fields – Co-Director and Program Manager
Dr. Denise Smith Allen  Research Consultant
Sally Strand – Web & Graphic Design


Aris Campbell – Dance
Emma Davis Dance
Dan Gerics Theatre
Marcia McGee Yoga
Ella McAndrew Theatre
Meghan C. Kelly Visual Arts
Curr’esha Beatty – Spoken Word Poetry
Bradley Carson – Visual Arts


Steven Hull – Chair
Justin Scanlon – Vice Chair
Cakhilah Durden – Secretary
Bella Kritz – Treasurer
Erica Britt
Jessica Hammon
Ethan Hibbard
Dora King
Linda Pylypiw
Jen Sikora


Genesee Valley Regional Center
Genesee County Juvenile Probation
GearUp Academy
Voices for Children
Peckham, Inc.
New Evolution Educational Center
Good Beans Cafe
Flint Crepe Company
Crust – A Baking Company
Barnes & Noble
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church –Flint
Totem Books
Buckham Gallery
Greater Flint Arts Council
Art of Yoga Project
S. Campbell’s Accounting & Tax Service
Blackmore Rowe Insurance
B’s Bowling Center/Frank Pepp

SF Burke & DJ Anderson Charitable Fund
Suellen J. Parker, Attorney at Law
Attorneys for Indigent Defense (AID)
The Child Advocacy Team (CAT)
Vic Bond Sales
Linda Pylypiw, Lynne Taft and Denise Fish, Attorneys at Law
Lee Maxwell
Jessica Mainprize-Hajek, Attorney at Law
Law Office of Tabitha Marsh, PLLC
Steady Eddy’s Café
Refinery Hair Co.
Susan Hauer, Therapeutic Massage
Case Island Glass
Youth Karate-Ka Association
Hometown Family Haircare
Oliver T’s
The Flint Institute of Arts; Michelle Dummer
7th Judicial Circuit Court-Family Division

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