Education Outreach Program
The Education Outreach Program is a public information dissemination and Juvenile Court outreach program. The purpose of the program is to provide information to school-aged youth, college students, child-serving professionals, and interested community members regarding juvenile law, juvenile court processes, and probation services in Washtenaw County.
Presentations last 60-90 minutes and may focus on the court as a whole, or specific areas of interest identified by the requesting group. Presentations are generally held in the classroom, workplace, or regular meeting place of the requesting group. Tours of the court, and opportunities to observe court hearings, are available upon request.
A specific program for elementary and middle school students has been developed and includes a Power Point presentation and use of props such as handcuffs and clothes worn in detention.
Summer Sports Camp
The “Summer Sports Camp” is a free prevention / early intervention program for youth and families in Washtenaw County. The Summer Sports Camp relies heavily on volunteers and public donations to run multiple sports camps for youth during the summer months. The program is a collaborative effort, led by staff at the Washtenaw County Trial Court. The following organizations contribute to the partnership by providing volunteer coaches, athletic equipment, athletic facilities, food/drink, and funding: local law enforcement agencies; public school districts and staff; Eastern Michigan University; University of Michigan; City of Ypsilanti; The Ann Arbor News; local businesses; and community volunteers.
The Summer Sports Camp provides instruction, coaching, and competition in a series of four-day sessions focusing on football, basketball, wrestling, swimming, tennis, and golf. The program is designed to provide positive activities for youth during the summer months while enhancing adult / youth relationships, providing substance abuse prevention information, and instilling positive values, including sportsmanship, cooperation, and a sense of achievement.
Status Offender Diversion Program
The Juvenile Diversion Act is “An Act to permit certain minors to be diverted from the court system having jurisdiction over minors; to establish diversion criteria and procedures; to require certain records to be made and kept; to prescribe certain powers and duties of courts having jurisdiction over minors and of law enforcement agencies; and to prescribe certain penalties”.
The purpose of the Expanded Diversion Program is to provide effective non-court interventions for status offenders and first-offender misdemeanants to resolve presenting problems and prevent further delinquent behavior.
Program goals include increased school attendance, increased parental involvement with youth’s educational program, and enhanced psychosocial and family functioning. The diversion program seeks to: 1) reduce the stigma of court involvement; 2) actively involve the community to correct family and social problems; 3) reduce the burden on the court; and 4) reduce recidivism.
In response to a petition, the court caseworker will provide supervision for juvenile status offenders and first-offender misdemeanants for a limited duration (typically three to six month). Diversion is a voluntary contract between the juvenile, his parent or legal guardian and the court, without authorization of the petition. Conditions of diversion will focus on regular school attendance, community reparation, parents’ or guardian’s attendance and participation in educational planning or progress meetings, payment of restitution where applicable, and referrals to community-based or court-sponsored treatment programs.