Earl Greene is a Community Development Specialist with Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center in Rochester, NY; providing training and technical assistance to 19 coalitions in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, covering 12 counties. Earl’s background include over 35 years of experience in community engagement and mobilization in both Rochester, NY and Boston, MA where he worked extensively in mental health, youth violence, gangs, youth leadership development, social justice and advocacy; cultural diversity and inclusion, and is the founder and director of the Family Life Center in Newark, NY, serving Wayne County, NY.
Earl is a certified facilitator for Racial Justice Work through the Interaction Institute for Social Change in Boston, MA, President of the Wayne Action for Racial Equality (W.A.R.E.) organization, and a Nationally Certified Anger Management Specialist/Fellow through the National Anger Management Association (NAMA).
He is also a Professional Mediator & Arbitrator with the Center for Dispute Settlement in Rochester, NY and a Guest Instructor for “Renewing the Mind;” through the Office of Mental Health Promotion at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and provides training in Cultural Competence, Cultural Humility, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Stress Reduction and more/
Jerry Bennett received his B.A. degree in Sociology/Community Development at St John Fisher College, Rochester NY. His work include: the VISTA Program as a volunteer and supervisor; working with migrants and seasonal farm-workers in upstate NY, Red Cross Youth Services director, safety instructor and trainer, volunteer and consultant. He also serve at the Puerto Rican Youth Development as the Resource Development Director, Substance Abuse Prevention Educator, and now as a Community Development Specialist with the Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center in Rochester, NY; and is a Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP)
Jerry is married, has 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren. His interests/hobbies are research, reading and presentations on ‘The Slave Experience and the Underground Railroad!’