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Shreveport-based CASA director to receive statewide award for helping at-risk youth


A program that works to protect abused and neglected children will honor a Shreveport-based director this week for a statewide award.

The association for Louisiana’s Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA will recognize Kelli Todd, the executive director of Volunteers for Youth Justice.

Her organization oversees the volunteer-led CASA effort in northwest Louisiana.

The Chief Judge of Juvenile Court for Caddo Parish David Matlock credited her leadership in a statement saying “her management skills and prompt initiative have earn her a stalwart reputation in the legal community.”

Todd will be honored with the Louisiana CASA Director of the Year award Thursday, April 21, at an event in Baton Rouge.

According to the Volunteers for Youth Justice website, it can only support 60 percent of the children in need of crisis intervention in north Louisiana.

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