Winter 2019
News & Updates
We've updated our Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Teen Court website.
Please check out our new look!
Second Chances Art Show Fundraiser
Replaced with
Youth Fundraising Efforts
We wanted to keep our supporters of our Second Chances Art Show & Raffle Fundraiser in the loop about what we are doing this year around fundraising.
Instead of garnering sponsors for our annual art show, we are shifting our focus towards more youth-driven fundraising efforts. We are working closely with our Teen Court Leaders to develop their skills and leadership around fundraising efforts for the program we all love. 
You will see them in the community doing a combination of car washes, bake sales, presentations with direct asks, and more.
You may be hearing directly from our Teen Court Leaders in the near future. Or let us know if you have ideas for how to partner, and join us in these efforts. 
Perhaps partner with the Teen Court Leaders for a Saturday and sponsor a car wash or something we haven't even dreamed up yet!  
Many of you were a sponsor of the Second Chances Art Show purely because you care for and value our Teen Court program. We hope you are interested in continuing your support.
An easy way to continue your support is to visit our web page and find the donate button where you can donate today:
Teen Court's Annual Report for 2018
Click on the link to read the full report 2018 Annual Report
Recent News
Alex wins BGCR Youth of the Year Award!
In January Alex was selected as Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods' Youth of the Year. She then went on to the regional competition in San Francisco at Twitter Headquarters. Congratulations! Read More

Ashley wins Violet Richardson Award from Soroptimist International of Eureka
Ashley was one of 2 Violet Richardson Award Winners on March 14th. She gave a great acceptance speech promoting Teen Court. She obviously loves the program. She received a $1000 monetary award for her volunteer service, along with certificates from Congress, Senator, Assembly Member, Board of Supervisors and the Eureka Mayor. Congratulations!

Jacqueline becomes JJDPC Commissioner
Jacqueline was sworn in as a Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commissioner (JJPDC) at our Teen Court session on Thursday, March 14th. This is one of the few state commissions that youth can serve on. Congratulations!
ASAP presentation
In December, Teen Court Leaders presented about Teen Court to the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP). This coalition of agencies, concerned individuals, and professionals unites to address the pressing concerns around substance use in Humboldt County. Our teen did a great job representing our program and we look forward to supporting ASAP's mission.

Marin Youth Court Field Trip
Teen Court took 6 of our Teen Court Leaders on a field trip to the Marin Youth Court to see their court in action. They had a great time and are filled with inspiration and new ideas for our court, while also feeling deep satisfaction with our current proceedings. It was a wonderful opportunity to lean and share, and deepen our connections to youth justice. Thank you Marin Youth Court for sharing!

New Referral Agencies
This winter two new agencies- Humboldt County Sheriff's Department and Bayshore Mall Security - both expressed interest in diverting cases to Teen Court. Each agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding solidifying the partnership. We look forward to expanding our ability to provide restorative processes to juveniles that have committed their first offense.

Teen Court as Change the World project at Fortuna High School
Stephanie is one of our Fortuna HS student volunteers and she decided that she wanted to try to set up a direct referral process between FHS and Teen Court as her senior year Change the World Project. She has already facilitated a meeting with school administrators and Teen Court, and the next steps will be her presentation to higher up school officials and the school board. Please leet us know if you are in the Eel River Valley and want to help support her efforts.

Humboldt County has been in the News!




In the Words of the Teen Court Teens...

Ashley's Violet Richardson Award Acceptance Speech
        
Upcoming Events
Northcoast Youth Summit
Saturday, March 23rd
Teen Court Leaders will be presenting a workshop title Know Your Rights: Equity & Justice for All!
Hope you get a chance to check them out at the all-day event taking place at College of the Redwoods
Teen Court Jury Training
Thursday, March 28
4:15-6:15 pm
Teen Court Leaders will train a new crop of volunteers. If you know a youth in 8th-12th grade, please help spread the word and let them know about this opportunity
Youth Court Roundtable
Tuesday, May 7
The California Association of Youth Courts, in collaboration with the Judicial Council of California, will host a Youth Court Regional Roundtable discussion, in Redding.  The purpose is to share promising practices with interested local courts about developing effective youth courts, and also to address truancy and discipline issues in school by involving youth courts.  Details
Volunteers of the Month
December: Skye
Skye has been a Teen Court Leader for 2 years now. She is such a compassionate and caring volunteer, in addition to being a well respected leader among her peers.

January: Lily
Lily has been a Teen Court volunteer for only a short while, but has been trained as a student attorney and is our most recent Leaders addition. She has enthusiasm for Teen Court and the participants involved.


February: Emily
Emily consistently volunteers with Teen Court as a steadfast juror. She is also ever willing to coach up new volunteers as they wait to get called into court.
Highlight on a Restorative Assignment
Stanford's Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is a great resource with worksheets, reading materials, and activities for parents and educators to use in prevention of tobacco use.
Use of tobacco is on the rise for teenagers who are now using vapes, e-cigs, pod-based devices and smokeless tobacco. And this educational assignment is perfect for tobacco offenses.
Upcoming Schedule
Teen Court Sessions 
1st & 3rd Thursdays of the Month
4:15-6:15 pm
Eureka Courthouse, 825 5th St, 2nd floor
March 21
April 4 & 18
May 2 & 16
June 6 & 20
We hold court sessions throughout summer. Stay tuned!
*Cancellations may occur, so please stay in contact to make sure court will indeed be held

Jury Councils
Are scheduled as needed on Tuesdays or Wednesdays

Peer Panels
2nd & 4th Thursdays
Teen Court Office
Leaders meet with participants half-way through their sentence to see how things are coming along

Leaders Meetings   
2nd, 4th & 5th TH of the month throughout the school year
4:15-6:15 pm
Teen Court Office
Youth Leaders engage in a wide range of advance trainings and innovative programming for Teen Court.
Current Mentors
Mentor Judge  
Judge Christopher Wilson  
 
Mentor Attorneys  
Shelley Addison   Christina Allbright   
Luke Brownfield   Randall Davis   
Natalie Duke  Neal Latt     Brent Kling  
Jeff Monsell  Damara Moore  David Nims   Greg Rael   Erin Rowe   
Casey Russo   Jeff Slack   Trent Timm Jessica Watson    Heidi Holmquist-Wells Megan Yarnall Nate Zwerdling
Teen Court | Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods
707-444-0153 | hcteencourt@bgcredwoods.org | hcteencourt.org
939 Harris Street, Eureka, CA 95501