BENEFITING: Nicasa, NFP
Nicasa is seeking support for its Teen Court program.
Nicasa’s Teen Court is an alternative to the traditional justice system for first time youth offenders. Based on the concept of balanced and restorative justice, Teen Court seeks to help youth learn to take responsibility for their actions, repair harm that was done in the community, and learn the skills to help them make better choices in the future. Youth who successfully complete the program avoid having a court record.
Teen Court has an amazing success rate! Youth who complete the program are twice as likely to make better choices and keep a clear record. Just 20% of youth who completed the program reoffended within a 3-year period, as opposed to 42% of those who did not complete the program successfully.
Nicasa operates Teen Courts in the Round Lake Area/Grayslake, Lake Villa/Lindenhurst/Antioch, Wauconda/Island Lake, Gurnee/Warren Township, Waukegan, Zion/Beach Park/Winthrop Harbor, and Lake Forest/Lake Bluff.