July 01, 2006
The Ketchikan Youth Court program helps the community by allowing District Court or Juvenile Probation first-time youth offenders' cases to be heard by a panel of youth said Klein. In the past seven years, "We are proud to have trained 180 students to handle first-time offenders, and have handled 260 cases since starting to handle cases in 2000," said Klein.
received a special award for his six years of KYC service.
Photo by Gretchen Klein
And on June 29th, the 12th graduating class was inducted. Klein said, "Judge Stephens once again produced an awesome class." Klein encourages those 12-18 years of age to sign up for the next class which will begin in September. The classes are fee and taught by Judge Trevor Stephens. When completed successfully, graduates become members of the Ketchikan Youth Court.
"We are constantly trying to improve our program, and proudly encourage youth members to have say in what we do. It truly is a youth drive organization," said Klein.
Klein said, "We are looking at sustaining the program with a possible Foundation Endowment Fund to help us strengthen our program." She said, "Anyone wanting to help us can contact the KYC office. We are truly continuing to think out of the box, to make our program strong and sustainable."
Jon Makua, and Alex Chavarria at senior awards.
Photo By Gretchen Klein
Service work has been performed at Safe Haven-KFYF, Rendezvous Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween at Plaza, Pioneers Home, Rotary 2000 Roadside Clean-up, Saxman Community, Boys and Girls Club, PatchWORKS, Ketchikan High School, City of Ketchikan, and Running Club events just to name a few said Klein.
Ketchikan Youth Court is currently
in need of two adult board members to join the KYC Board this
month said Klein. Interested adults can contact the Ketchikan
Youth Court Office at 2417 Tongass Suite 221.
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