STEP UP Texas is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to bring trauma-informed and restorative practices training and implementation support to school districts, law enforcement, and the judicial system toward reducing racial and ethnic disparities in engagement with the juvenile justice system. It is a partnership between The University of Texas at Austin, Williamson County Juvenile Services, and STARRY. Initially funded in 2021, STEP UP Texas began providing training in Williamson County, Texas while also convening a Task Force of community and organizational stakeholders to better understand the local issues and possible solutions. In 2022, STEP UP Texas received additional funding to include implementation support alongside the training and to expand its reach to additional jurisdictions in Texas.
STEP UP Texas Leadership
R. Renee Cameron-Hernandez is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#73875) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#202586) who works as the Director of Training and Wellness at STARRY. Renee attended Texas State University…(Click to read full bio)
R. Renee Cameron-Hernandez, MA, LPC#73875, LMFT#202586, NCC, TBRI Educator
Matt Smith is the Assistant Executive Director for the Williamson County Juvenile Services Department in Georgetown, Texas. Matt is a certified Juvenile Probation Officer and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor…(Click to read full bio)