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  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    No Court Session tonight (10/28/20).  Next session will be Wednesday, November 4, 2020.  Jurors due on ZOOM at 5:30pm. See you next week!

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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:14 PM | Anonymous
    Organization plans to use a matching grant to establish on-campus operations.

    by: Samantha Chaney Staff Writer LINK TO FULL ARTICLE

    Being scrutinized when you’re in trouble is never easy, no matter how old you are. And, when you’re walking into court as a teenager, the experience can be terrifying.

    But Teen Court of Sarasota presents an alternative.

    Instead of going to a regular court, at-risk teenagers who have committed a crime have a chance to go to Teen Court, a court run by their peers. 

    In Teen Court, the defendants explain their crime to a jury of their peers, and then receive a “sentence,” usually community service hours geared toward something in which they’re interested. The biggest difference is the teens can avoid having a criminal record by completing the program.

    Teen Court Executive Director Heather Todd.

    “Students are referred to Teen Court in lieu of a charge and in lieu of a suspension or expulsion,” Teen Court Executive Director Heather Todd said. “So, instead of a criminal offense, they’re sent to Teen Court for meaningful consequences and positive redirection, as opposed to, ‘Hey, we’re going to kick you out of school for three or five days.’ It allows the young person to stay in their school.”

    And now, with a matching grant of $25,000 awarded to the organization by the Community Foundation of Sarasota, students can receive the attention they need without leaving campus.

    Lashelle Williams, a client coordinator and case manager for Teen Court, used to have to wait for the young clients to come to her office in downtown Sarasota to help them. To get there, some students would miss class or face difficulty securing reliable transportation.

    But the new grant, matched by the Sarasota County School Board, provides the Teen Court with the funding for case managers to be stationed at local high schools throughout the week so they can go to the students, not the other way around.

    “For me, it’s made my life a lot easier with being at the schools and just reaching more kids in general. Building more relationships with the schools, so that they become more aware of what we are, what we do and the services we provide for the young people,” Williams said. “This way, they utilize us a lot more to provide for [students].”

    Thanks to the grant, Teen Court is now able to serve the students of Booker, Venice, Riverview, North Port and Sarasota high schools and Triad on their own campuses.

    One client, whose identity was withheld for publication, said Teen Court can help students who might not otherwise know of their options. 

    “Coming in, I didn’t really know what to expect,” the client

    Teen Court is run by students so that defendants may be positively redirected by their peers. Photo courtesy of the Teen Court of Sarasota.

    said. “But through my experiences and the experiences of people I’ve met, I feel that — through volunteer and other services — kids, in general, can just really benefit.”

    Additionally, the grant helps the Teen Court guarantee their services, regardless of a student’s financial background.

    “The grant did help us to be able to provide more services for the kids because we’re a nonprofit and it helps us to cover fees of a school referral,” Williams said. “If a family can’t afford it, we’ll pick that up. We’ll never turn a family away because of prices or because of fees.”

    Todd said Teen Court also offers counseling services, drug prevention, anti-bullying, and anger-management classes to certain students who “demonstrate extra need.”

    “The services [students] will receive is saving lives. They are stopping this behavior and making good choices,” Todd affirmed. “This partnership with the Community Foundation and the Sarasota County School Board is saving lives.”

  • Monday, January 21, 2019 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    Teen Court of Sarasota has announced a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, in the form of a $25,000 grant to support services at Sarasota County Public Schools. With this collaboration, Teen Court of Sarasota has placed Case Managers at each local high school, one day per week, to address topics like sexting, bullying, peer pressure and more. The organization’s programs address the whole family and also include mental health counseling, parent/child risky behavior classes and substance abuse education. Those high schools served include, Booker High School, Venice High School, Riverview High School, North Port High School, Sarasota High School and Triad.


    Link to full article

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Teen Court is proud to join forces with North Port D-Fy, an initiative for local youth who share a commitment to making positive choices and living healthy, drug-free lives.

  • Tuesday, September 04, 2018 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    -Venice, Fla. (August 30, 2018) - It is with pride that Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. receives a $2,500 donation from the Suncoast Professional Firefighters & Paramedics IAFF Local 2546.

    The newest relationship to develop at Teen Court is with the Suncoast Professional Firefights & Paramedics IAFF Local 2546. Heather Todd and Lori Moran of Teen Court jointly acknowledged this new relationship as another valuable collaboration of our community caring about the needs of our most vulnerable youth and their families.

    We are truly grateful for the Suncoast Professional Firefighters & Paramedics IAFF Local 2546 investment in us. We will continue to offer our families in Sarasota the accessibility of our parent/child classes, mental health counseling and thoughtful support. Our relationships with the young people we serve and their families result in positive outcomes that benefit our whole community.

    Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. is an alternative to Juvenile Court, allowing a young person a second chance of having a bright future. Delinquent youth who come through Teen Court participate in a court program run by their peers; there are teen prosecuting and defending attorneys, teen clerks and bailiffs, and teen jurors who determine appropriate sentencing of community service hours and jury duties, all under the supervision of a volunteer adult judge. Student volunteers who participate in our Teen Court program receive a law-related education along with community service hours for their time. In complement to the Teen Court program, the organization also offers counseling services, drug prevention, anti-bullying, and anger management classes to those youth who demonstrate extra need.

  • Monday, August 27, 2018 6:37 AM | Anonymous
    Teen Court announces a new partnership with the United Way of South Sarasota County to expand our services for south county residents.

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