Teen Court Newsletter

EHS Partnership
Jury Councils are a new addition

Teen Court continues to partner with Eureka High School to handle the diversion of suspension and expulsion level cases. This arrangement deepens the work of restorative practices and directly disrupts the school-to-prison pipeline. Rob Standish, Assistant Principal at EHS, says, "I am very thankful we have finally been able to tap into your fantastic program.  It is already making a significant difference in our student behavior program at EHS."
Teen Court has developed a Jury Council process that takes place at EHS and involves a handful of teens who sit and listen to the case and come up with an appropriate sentence with the client. There are no student attorneys or judges, just a jury of peers. We are able to set up and schedule these Jury Councils with a quick turn around. They are a bit more informal, like a restorative circle process, and a great addition to our more formal Teen Court proceeding that takes place at the courthouse. 
Second Chances Art Show
A Fantastic Annual Event

An incredible number of supporters turned out for the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Teen Court's Second Chances photo show, which took place at the Eureka Theater on Saturday, May 6th during Arts Alive. The Second Chances photo show was on display as part of the Directing Change Youth Film Screening, presented by DHHS & Humboldt County Transition-Age Youth Collaboration. 
This year, the Second Chances photo show featured youth speaking out about critical youth justice issues and youth empowerment.
The event was Teen Court's sole fundraising event of the year, with major underwriting provided by Jonathan & Erin Flyer and sponsored by Coast Central Credit Union, The Alibi Restaurant, Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs' Organization, Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission, Redwood Capital Bank, Janssen Malloy LLP, Gale & Nielsen, Dun & Martinek LLP, Jack Crlenjak, Christina Allbright, Abby Abinanti, Mary & Scott Jeremiah, Martin & Mack LLP, Mark W Hapgood, Attorney at Law, and Byrd Lochti. Through sponsorships and raffle sales, Boys & Girls Club Teen Court was able to raise over $12,000. 

Thank you to our Underwriters, Sponsors and Raffle donors for a wonderful fundraising event!

Jenna sworn in by Judge Wilson
News Briefs
Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commissioner:  Jenna Osenbaugh     
Teen Court youth volunteer Jenna Osenbuagh was sworn in to serve as a JJDPC commissioner in December 2016.  We are pleased that she is bringing a positive and forward thinking perspective to the work that affects youth in our county. 

CA Association of Youth Courts (CAYC) Strategy Meeting    
On April 20-21, Sacha Marini attended the statewide CAYC strategy planning meeting in Los Angeles. This was an opportunity to weigh in on a plan for youth courts in California for the coming 5-10 years. 

Tabling at the Criminal Justice Dialogue, HSU
On March 23, Teen Court Leaders tabled and attended the Criminal Justice Dialogue at HSU. Our youth leaders were highly impresseded by the speakers from Prisoners with Children and Homeboy Industries.
North Coast Youth Summit Presentation
On March 18, our Leaders facilitated a presentation on Know Your Rights Before & After 18. They also worked on our Second Chances photo project and got many youth to participate in being photographed for the show- on the theme of critical youth justice issues.

Jury Training     
On March 30 th, our Teen Court youth Leaders trained 18 new jury members. We currently have a pool of 52 youth to drawn upon. Our Leaders shared their personal experiences and knowledge to coach up their peers on the world of Teen Court.

Teen Court on KHSU     

AFS students with mentor attorneys Neal Latt, Ryan Hurley, 
and Judge Wilson
AFS Foreign Exchange Students   
After coming to our jury training on March 30, AFS foreign exchange students participated in our April 6th court session. They were eager to learn about our process and wholeheartedly enjoyed the process.

Heads Up Mentor Attorneys  
W e are communicating to families that parent/guardians are not required to be at court. Our youth Leader s are trying it out to see if they can make a better connection with the participant and get the youth to open up more without the parent in the room. Parents can still be present in the courtroom if the youth wishes or if the parent will be testifying as a victim.

Leila Moss recognized at court
Volunteers of the Month
January: Naz Dickerson
Naz has only been with Teen Court for a brief time, but has quickly taken on the attorney role, and started up with our Leaders program. She brings a passion to our program that we look forward to watching blossom. 
February: Lincoln Stone
Lincoln joined us through his sister, Mazzie Stone, who is a long-time leader of Teen Court. Lincoln has been attorney trained and joined us in the Leaders program from the start. We look forward to his continued participation.
March: Jenna Osenbaugh
Jenna has volunteered tirelessly with Teen Court for 4 years. And has been a Leader for 3 years. She always signs up for presentations in the community, and is often a student attorney or a buddy coaching new volunteers and participants. She is a champion!! We will be sad to see her go at the end of this year.
Lincoln Stone awarded in February
April: Leila Moss
Leila has steadily volunteered with Teen Court over the past year, and we hope to see more of her- she contributes a valuable presence at court.
May: Mazzie Stone
Mazzie has been a volunteer since her freshman year and is now a graduating senior. She has been invaluable in her dedication and support of Teen Court. She has been a Leader for 3 years and consistently takes on the role of judge in the courtroom. We hate to lose her, but are excited for her graduation plans!
Shout Outs!

Spanish Interpretation
A huge thank you to Maje Hoyos R.E.H.S. for assisting with spanish translation with some recent client parents.

Job Shadow Partners
Over the past few months, multiple teens were assigned job shadow opportunities. We would like to thank the following businesses that worked with Teen Court to supply a positive learning experience for youth in a career field of their choice:
  • CA Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Bay Tank & Boiler Works
  • Greenway Partners
  • Harper Motors
  • Pacific Motor Sports
  • Soulshine Arts

Restorative Assignment
Tutoring Sessions

You might consider assigning Tutoring Sessions if a youth is struggling with their grades, even though they weren't sent to Teen Court for anything related to school work. The added support at school might just be a critical piece of the puzzle to getting this youth back on track. Eureka High School has the NAVI LAB, which offers free tutoring after school several days a week for one hour.

Upcoming Schedule

Eureka Courthouse 4:15-6:15 pm 
May 4 & 18             June 1 & 15             July 20            August 17          September 7 & 21   October 5 & 19       November 2 & 16     December 7 & 21

Leaders Meetings
Teen Center 4:15-6:15 pm
 Summer Schedule TBD

Upcoming Events
Volunteer Appreciation Party at Paul's Live from NY in Eureka: TH, May 18 at 6 pm RSVP

Attorney Training: TH, May 25 at 4:15-6 pm at the Teen Court Office   RSVP

CAYC Summit Trip at University of Redlands: June 22-24

Current Mentors
Mentor Judge
Judge Christopher Wilson

Mentor Attorneys
Shelley Addison    Christina Allbright    Luke Brownfield    Bryan Daley    Randall Davis    Natalie Duke    Richard Hendry    Ryan Hurley  Neal Latt    Anne Nguyen    David Nims    Greg Rael    Erin Rowe    Casey Russo    Jeffrey Schwartz    Jeff Slack    Jessica Watson    Megan Yarnall

Humboldt County Teen Court
3015 J Street, Eureka, CA  |  707-444-0153