AGENTS OF CHANGE: TEEN COURT OF SARASOTA INC.

Posted by David Crawford on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 9:14am.

AGENTS OF CHANGE

“I WANT SOMEONE TO LOOK AT ME AND SAY 'BECAUSE OF YOU, I DIDN'T GIVE UP" - UNKNOWN

Teen Court of Sarasota Inc. (TC) is Sarasota County’s dedicated juvenile justice diversion program. Their mission focuses on creating partnerships with local municipalities, law enforcement agencies, and the Sarasota County school system to:

  1. Give At-Risk Teen Offenders A Second Chance without Affecting their Permanent Record

  2. Promote Law-Related Education to Teen Volunteers

  3. Create a Community of Teens with a healthy respect for Law-Abiding Citizenship and Civic Engagement

On June 12th, 2018 - The Hayes family closed on the sale of their first home and dedicated half of their Catalist Commission Donation to Teen Court of Sarasota. The donation was originally marked at $1,105.00. Prior to closing on the house, Catalist Realty proposed a more strategic donation strategy that included utilizing the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Challenge to achieve additional matched funds from their partner, the Patterson Foundation. This resulted in a final donation amount of $1,905.00.

 

At the end of the day, the money doesn’t matter nearly as much as the cause. The true value is what this can do for the young volunteers and teen offenders who participate in the program weekly. Teen Court Executive Director, Heather Todd, shared some potential scenarios for where this money could go, and what kind of impact it will have: 

  1. Comprehensive Mental Health Counseling for 2 Teen Court Clients and their Families

  2. Drug Testing and Prevention Services for 75 Teen Offenders

  3. 10 Substance Abuse Group Facilitated Family Sessions for 12-15 Families.

  4. Transportation for a year for all substance abuse participants.

  5. 1 College Scholarship for a Senior who Graduates as a Teen Attorney

At the Teen Court Volunteer Recognition Dinner held on August 1st, 2018, Eight Graduating Seniors were honored with Scholarships, and participated in a live demonstration of a real court case that touched on bullying, racism, and the desired result of the diversion program. The example highlighted a young student whose life has been forever changed, and who has now become a teen volunteer.

 

Every Year, Lives are changed, even saved, through this Non-Profit and Catalist Realty is proud to be an active Teen Court of Sarasota Inc. supporter, donor and volunteer.

The most important thing is that this money is donated as  “Unrestricted Funds” allowing them to spend it in the most critical area of need at the time. Unrestricted donations are the largest need for non-profits, and typically the hardest donations to find. Catalist Realty is proud to be a local partner and supporter of unrestricted donations for any and all non-profits.

Give us a call today at 941.777.2968 or reach us at INFO@CATALISTREALTY.COM 

 

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