WHAT: Program Recognition and Check Presentation Pima Prevention Partnership
WHEN: Thursday, December 6th at 11 am
WHERE: 97 E. Congress (Congress & Scott in the basement), Tucson, AZ
WHO: Adelita Grijalva, Teen Court Director, Local State Farm Agent Tom Tatro, Cheryl Willis-Blakes, SF Public Affairs Specialist, and Program Volunteers
Tucson, AZ, December 6,2012 The nationally-recognized Pima Prevention Partnerships Pima County Teen Court peer-led diversion program will receive a $43,336 service-learning grant to address newly emerging community safety issues.
The partnership provides meaningful service learning for youth who will develop and implement anti-bullying and domestic violence prevention curricula for use with Teen Court participants. Adelita Grijalva, the Pima County Teen Court Associate Director, said this will significantly enhance the Teen Court package of sentencing options and provide a hands-on service learning experience for youth.
State Farm supports service-learning because it integrates service to the community into classroom curriculum using a hands-on approach to mastering material and fostering civic responsibility, said local State Farm agent Tom Tatro. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a prime example of State Farms commitment to education, our community and our youth. I could not be happier to see this local effort recognized and supported.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted over $24 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning in 397 communities. More information can be found at www.statefarmyab.com.
The Pima County Teen Court is a diversion program for minors who have been arrested and have admitted guilt to their crime. These teens choose to be sentenced by a jury of their peers instead of going through the Pima County Juvenile Justice Court system. All participants in the courtroom are teens, except for the judge. Teen Court works because the teens are judged by their peers. While the negative influences of peer pressure often lead teens to make poor choices, Teen Court depends on positive peer pressure and parental involvement for the success of its program. http://www.pcteencourt.com/index.php.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million/year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to site grantees. http://www.statefarmyab.com.
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