Tennessee Youth Courts - Friends of the Courts

Tennessee Youth Courts - Friends of the Courts This fan page is dedicated to the teens and adults who participate in and support the Tennessee Youth Courts Program. Youth Courts, also called teen courts, peer courts or student courts, provide an alternative to traditional juvenile court for young people who made mistakes that take them into the Juvenile Justice System for the first time on minor offenses.
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In Youth Courts, young people decide cases with three things in mind: accountability - increasing the youthful offender's awareness of the harmful effects of the behavior that resulted in the offense; competency development - providing the offender with skills that will enable the young person to make better choices in the future; and community safety - strengthening the connections between the youthful offender and the community at large which reduces factors that contribute to any future wrongdoing. Teenaged court members learn about the role of law in our democracy and about their role as active citizens. They learn about court procedures, sentencing options, trial techniques, structure of the justice system, the meaning of justice and relationships between rights and responsibilities. Young people who are equipped with knowledge of the law and how it works within the judicial system are inclined to have a better understanding of their connection to the American system of justice. The youth feel that they are participants, not potential victims.

Mission: The mission and goal of the Tennessee Youth Court Program is to improve communities through an effective statewide system of community-based, youth involved, youth court programs that promote responsible citizenship and provide juvenile courts with an affective alternative for first-time offenders.

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09/16/2020
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09/01/2020

This week we are mourning two losses. On the big screen we mourn the loss of Chadwick Bozeman, an actor who helped us believe in heroes again. And someone you may have never heard of, Atty. Gary Williams. Mr. Williams was the son of Mrs. Marian Williams, who started the teen court program in Sumner County. The Summer County program will celebrate 20 years of continuous operation next year. And, Atty. Williams, with the support of family and friends has supported with time and scholarships in Marian Williams name.
Thank you and Rest In Peace to our heroes.

OBSERVING JUNETEENTH: In our latest email newsletter, Executive Director Denise Bentley shares the story of Ronald Joyce...
06/19/2020
Juneteenth: The Day To Make A Difference

OBSERVING JUNETEENTH: In our latest email newsletter, Executive Director Denise Bentley shares the story of Ronald Joyce. https://mailchi.mp/tnyouthcourts/juneteenth

Maybe you've marched. Maybe you've offered pro-bono protester defense. Perhaps you signed that petition, supported that bill, or you've found that your social media screen time has doubled these recent weeks. But what is the next step in support to make a real difference in young black lives as we k...

Tennessee Youth Courts - Friends of the Courts
06/18/2020

Tennessee Youth Courts - Friends of the Courts

Tennessee Youth Courts - Friends of the Courts
06/18/2020

Tennessee Youth Courts - Friends of the Courts

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06/18/2020

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A landmark ruling today for youth in the Supreme Court's stance on DACA.
06/18/2020
Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Administration In DACA Case

A landmark ruling today for youth in the Supreme Court's stance on DACA.

The decision is a dramatic victory for immigration advocates and gives a new lease on life for the so-called DREAMers, immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Tennessee Youth Courts - Friends of the Courts
06/18/2020

Tennessee Youth Courts - Friends of the Courts

06/04/2020

In Tennessee, black children are over-represented at every stage of juvenile justice. Every day, youth court programs work to change this sad statistic. Won't you help us? Spread the word about us. There are organizations that quietly work to end such injustices. We are one.

05/15/2020

This weekend, Metro Nashville Public Schools will hold a virtual graduation ceremony for Seniors.
CONGRATULATIONS 2020 Seniors of Metro Schools and all Seniors in Tennessee. We are going to start giving shout outs to seniors across Tennessee who are involved with Youth Court Programs. Please hit us on Facebook so we can be sure to "shout out" your school!

05/14/2020
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There are so many questions we have unanswered about CORVID-19. One of those questions is will there be summer jobs for teens this year of the COVID? And if so, what jobs? Since youth have been out of school, how do kids get prepared for jobs?
One option is a new online work force development course offered by Ed DeJesus - Stay tuned for the introduction.
https://mailchi.mp/ededucates.com/workforcesuccess

05/04/2020

A sudden realization that we are not in control is unsettling. Sometimes we need a little help dealing with the unknown. Guide To Living With Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty it is available and may help. It's available in 20 languages including Africaans, Albanian, Turkish, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese and more. If you would like, we will send an e-copy to you. Just message us your request.

04/29/2020

Hey everyone, just received an announcement from Legal Aid Society: Today, April 29th at 11 am, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN is going live on Facebook with LAS Attorney, Zachary Oswald! Tune in to get the latest information on evictions and housing issues during COVID-19! If you're looking for help with unemployment, housing, health care, or SNAP during this challenging time, call our office at 1-800-238-1443 or visit las.org.

Schools are out so the business of learning has relocated to your homes.  Parents, how long has it been since you have d...
04/20/2020
Contact and Sign Up — Homework Hotline TN

Schools are out so the business of learning has relocated to your homes. Parents, how long has it been since you have done Algebra? Did you even take Geometry or Trig? No worries. Homework hotline has teachers available on the phone who can help with those math problems. Hey let's not forget that book report.
Homework Hotline to the rescue - https://www.homeworkhotline.info/contact

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04/20/2020

Hey everybody! How are you doing? School is out and juvenile courts are closed to the extent that they can be closed. And, I'm working from home. Got to admit that I have not been attentive to you all and I humbly apologize. So today, I'm back on it. Because we are still here!

03/24/2020

Believe or not, children and teens thrive on structure. While you and your children are home from work and school, develop a schedule of daily activities. And, if these activities help maintain the school schedule, even better. So, when school starts up getting them back on schedule won't be such a struggle.

Schools all over the state of Tennessee are out as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Here is the statement ...
03/23/2020
Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Southern Education Foundation

Schools all over the state of Tennessee are out as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here is the statement of the Southern Education Foundation
https://www.southerneducation.org/covid-19/

Government officials are taking swift public health actions to slow the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic. As of March 23, 2020, statewide school closures stretched across 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, affecting 54.5 million K-12 public school students in our country. Ov...

03/20/2020

I owe you some pictures. Watch for them on Monday. Be safe. Remember that our actions may not create exposure to illness for us - it may result in exposure to COVID19 for those we love.

03/11/2020

Research shows that a relationship with a safe, stable, and nurturing adult can help buffer #toxicstress and significantly reduce the negative health outcomes related to ACEs - Adverse Childhood Experiences. Youth Court programs provide the safe nurturing relationships.

It was one week ago today.  Just one week.  We woke up and trees were down, houses blow, literally, away - and people, t...
03/10/2020
Nashville's devastating tornado may be the start of a brutal month for twisters in US

It was one week ago today. Just one week. We woke up and trees were down, houses blow, literally, away - and people, too. Just west of Nashville - east all the way to Cookeville. Our hearts go out to all in those communities ans across Tennessee because we are none of us untouched by this storm.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/03/03/nashville-tornado-march-weather-bring-severe-storms-twisters/4941026002/

The tornado outbreak that hit Nashville could be a start to a busy month for twisters in the US, forecasters warn.

03/05/2020

In December, we started planning a trip. We want our youth court volunteers to have experiences that move beyond the courtroom. What did we do? You will see.

"Without buffering safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, adverse childhood experiences can cause toxic...
02/04/2020
Adverse Childhood Experiences Cause Lingering Harm

"Without buffering safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, adverse childhood experiences can cause toxic levels of stress in children —
http://bit.ly/acesbsb"

One of your neighbors posted in Politics & Government. Click through to read what they have to say. (The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.)

01/22/2020
Law Camp | Lipscomb University

Are you thinking about summer already? Why not ? 'Cause with summer comes LAW CAMP at David Lipscomb University. They just opened registration!
https://www.lipscomb.edu/ljs/law-camp

Each summer, Lipscomb University hosts high school students from across the country to participate in a weeklong camp that exposes students to various aspects of the legal profession. Law Camp will offer:

Happy New Year! Everyone is back in school and starting to hear cases.  This is the 20th Anniversary of Youth Courts in ...
01/14/2020

Happy New Year! Everyone is back in school and starting to hear cases. This is the 20th Anniversary of Youth Courts in Tennessee. This year is about how we started and our vision for the future. Please follow throughout the year.

Have you ever needed a second chance? Our program offers a second chance to teens who have gotten in trouble with the ju...
12/10/2019
About Us – Tennessee Youth Courts

Have you ever needed a second chance? Our program offers a second chance to teens who have gotten in trouble with the juvenile justice system. Help us help them. We work with good kids who made a bad decision. Check out the video at this site -
http://tnyouthcourts.org/about/

About Us Accountability, Competency, Community Teenagers who volunteer to sit on the Youth Court decide the sentence for other teens who admitted to committing an offense. These teen volunteers base their sentence on the principles of Restorative Justice: The teenager learns that bad decisions affec...

12/02/2019

Cyber Monday!!! Remember to choose Tennessee Youth Courts as your charity while shopping on Amazon with Smile.

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-2839696, AmazonSmile donates to Tennessee You...
11/27/2019

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-2839696, AmazonSmile donates to Tennessee Youth Courts, Inc.? Please use this ink and keep us in mind for your holiday shopping.

The Executive Director of Tennessee Youth Courts, Denise Bentley, has a birthday this month.  To celebrate, she is reach...
10/01/2019

The Executive Director of Tennessee Youth Courts, Denise Bentley, has a birthday this month. To celebrate, she is reaching out to you for support.
"Youth can walk around trouble, if there is some place to walk to and someone to walk with."
Just go to our website - www.tnyouthcourts.org

We have been working for quite a while to get a school-based youth/teen court program going at Kenwood High School. The ...
09/16/2019

We have been working for quite a while to get a school-based youth/teen court program going at Kenwood High School. The program will be an early intervention - part of the schools rubric of graduated sanctions. Special thanks to Ms. Amy Shoopman for her tenacity in getting this program at her school.

09/13/2019

Get your friends to like our page. Youth across Tennessee are doing amazing things.

Over 230 students from 7 high schools participated in youth court training in Nashville Davidson County.  Check out the ...
09/11/2019

Over 230 students from 7 high schools participated in youth court training in Nashville Davidson County. Check out the pictures

Parents are an important part of the success of youth court programs. Recently, we participated in the Parent Expo spons...
09/07/2019

Parents are an important part of the success of youth court programs. Recently, we participated in the Parent Expo sponsored by Metro Nashville Juvenile Courts at East Magnet.

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Youth Courts, also called teen courts, peer courts or student courts, provide an alternative to traditional juvenile court for young people who made mistakes that take them into the Juvenile Justice System for the first time on minor offenses.

In Youth Courts, young people decide cases with three things in mind: accountability - increasing the youthful offender's awareness of the harmful effects of the behavior that resulted in the offense; competency development - providing the offender with skills that will enable the young person to make better choices in the future; and community safety - strengthening the connections between the youthful offender and the community at large which reduces factors that contribute to any future wrongdoing. Teenaged court members learn about the role of law in our democracy and about their role as active citizens. They learn about court procedures, sentencing options, trial techniques, structure of the justice system, the meaning of justice and relationships between rights and responsibilities. Young people who are equipped with knowledge of the law and how it works within the judicial system are inclined to have a better understanding of their connection to the American system of justice. The youth feel that they are participants, not potential victims.

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Tennessee Youth Courts volunteers practice a holistic approach to discovering the events that lead to a young person being in juvenile court. We are as interested in what happened to you as what happened. Today, the Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville declared today an ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Day of Action.
As the holidays continue, you have a most sincerely wishes for peace and joy and prosperity, now and in the new year.
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