EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Vanderburgh County Teen Court received a big donation.
AT&T Aspire announced on Wednesday a $10,000 contribution for Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana benefitting Teen Court.
Teen Court is a restorative justice-based diversion program. The money will benefit at-risk first-time juvenile offenders [CLICK HERE to learn how to volunteer].
Teen Court involves youth volunteers in the justice process for their peers and provides respondents and youth volunteers with mentors, education, tools, and resources to make positive and healthy choices.
The court works to interrupt developing patterns of criminal behavior among youth, introduce new peers demonstrating positive behaviors, structured study time, mentoring and tutoring as positive role models, and reduce recidivism of juvenile offenders.
Referrals to Teen Court are made by the Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Juvenile Probation, and Indiana State Excise Police.