Al Estrada is the Director of the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections (DYC), which is a Division within the Colorado Department of Human Services. Al has worked in the human services and juvenile justice fields his entire career, ranging from inner city work in Philadelphia helping children who suffered medical neglect, county-level work as a child protection caseworker, and DYC where he began his career as a Client Manager in 1998. Since then, Estrada has served in a variety of leadership roles, including regional program manager/client manager supervisor and Southern Region Director. Estrada became the DYC Associate Director in 2007, and Director of DYC in June, 2014.
Al is a strong voice for the improvement of youth outcomes across both detention and commitment continuums. Most recently, he worked to move the Division forward by providing leadership to the Multi-Disciplinary Team decision-making initiative; he is supporting efforts to enhance family engagement; and is leading the Division’s efforts to improve organizational performance.