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Vilas County Youth in Governance Programs

Ten Lakeland Union High School teen court volunteers—including three who helped as part of their sanctions from the peer court session--spent a day doing hour long teen court presentations to the high school's feeder schools. They initiated the need to get the word out to 7 & 8 graders about the teen court option should they need it and to encourage them to apply to be a volunteer on the panel when they are in 9th grade. At four schools, the high school students presented to over 300 middle school students plus staff. The youth volunteers felt that they impacted the younger students based on the questions that were asked of them and the informal feedback at the end of their presentations.

Teen Court in Vilas County held 33 sessions in 2007. Four trained High School youth serve on the panel each month and create sanctions to hold their peers accountable. 17 offendors successfully completed their sanctions, including 141 hourse of community service, and none re-offended.

Three high school youth participate in the VILAS Vision program, a formerly all-adult leadership development program. They will participate in the group community service project and help with the youth issues training.

For more information: Vilas County UW-Extension Youth Development