What is Teen Court?
Teen Court offers eligible youth an alternative to Juvenile Court - they receive a sentence from their peers.
Who is Eligible?
Teen Court serves youth ages 10 to 16 who commit first-time misdemeanor crime or ordinance violation.
Why a Teen Court?
Teen Court offers eligible youth an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions. It provides positive peer pressure with community based consequences.
Who Benefits from Teen Court?
When juvenile offenders successfully complete their Teen Court sentence they will have the charge removed from their record. This is a real second chance to prove that mistakes can be turned into positive choices. Parents are no longer held totally accountable, the juvenile becomes responsible for his/her actions. The community is able to see teens being held accountable for their actions. Youth volunteers gain a sense of responsibility as they encourage peers to stop behaviors that reflect on all teens. They also get a chance to participate. Adult volunteers are given a chance to make a difference in the lives of young people.
What can I do?
Volunteer to work with our students who serve on the Tribunal.
Volunteer to work with our juveniles as they complete their community service requirements.
Commit time to becoming a mentor for one of our juveniles.
Volunteer to work in the Teen Court office.
If you can lend a helping hand or for further information call:
Josh Tilley, HS Office 715-479-4473 or
Nancy Anne Miller, Youth Development Agent - University Wisconsin Extension, Vilas County Teen Court Coordinator 715-479-3648