About Dr. Shirley


Dr. Shirley Plantin is the Chief Executive Consultant for U-Turn Youth Consulting Firm and the author of The Backstory of a New Reality. In addition, she is an At-Risk Youth Consultant who facilitates trainings and workshops for funders, partnering school administrations, governmental entities, professional organizations, churches, and the community at large around culturally sensitive topics, i.e. The Basics of Gangs, Barriers to Successful Parent-Child Relationships in Minority Communities, Youth Violence as a Public Health Issue, and Prevention 101 to list a few.


She is the former Director of Youth & Family Advocacy for Sant La, Haitian Neighborhood Center. She has been the Director of several at-risk youth prevention programs, with various specializations ranging from Substance Abuse, HIV/STI, and Gangs. Dr. Plantin is a member of the Florida Gang Investigators Association. She has provided years of intervention and advocacy for youth and families dealing with complex institutions such as the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), Department of Children & Family (DCF), and Police Departments.

Dr. Plantin has been recognized locally and nationally for her leadership, vision, commitment and dedication to issues regarding youth and the prevention of juvenile delinquency.  Most notable are the recognitions from Delta Epsilon Sigma and the National Criminal Justice Association. She has also been recognized by The State of Florida, Miami-Dade County, and Local Municipalities. Most recently, Legacy Magazine recognized Dr. Plantin as 1 of 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today & Tomorrow in South Florida. The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board has recognized her as 1 of 30 "Vessel: Woman of Substance" for 2017.  Additionally, the City Of North Miami, the Man Dodo Foundation, and Level-Up Coaching and Leadership Consulting Group awarded Dr. Plantin with their “Woman of Excellence” Leadership Awards. Additionally, the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida selected Dr. Plantin to be part of the Inaugural Class of Leaders for the prestigious award of “20 Under 40 Young Professionals,” for her passion and diligence as a youth advocate.


Dr. Plantin currently serves on multiple committees and boards throughout Miami-Dade County. She serves as a Steering Committee Member for Eckerd Youth Program.  She is a member of the Urban Drug-Free Coalition and the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council (ESSAC) for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She is also a member of the Sant La Fellows Community Leadership Advisory Board. She serves on Service Partnerships, representing North Miami and Little Haiti. She is a member of the Planning Committee for the Haitian-American Philanthropy Campaign. She has also served on the Miami-Dade Criminal Justice Council, Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS Partnership, and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Speakers’ Bureau. She was also appointed to the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board.

Dr. Plantin holds an Executive Juris Doctorate from Concord School of Law, a Master's degree in Justice Administration, and a Bachelor's degree in History with a specialization in Criminal Justice.

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