Reach for Youth (RFY), a United Way not-for-profit, provides counseling and other intervention services for at-risk youth that are just starting to get into minor trouble with the hope that, with appropriate services, we can get them straightened out before they start getting into more serious trouble. RFY provides services mostly in Marion and Johnson Counties, but is also active in Hamilton and Morgan Counties. RFY gets referrals from area high school guidance departments, Juvenile Court, and other sources.
One of RFY’s signature programs is Teen Court for low-level offenders (shoplifting, truancy, etc.). Local attorneys volunteer as judges, and peer teens serve as jurors, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Teen Court’s track record on recidivism is about half of the traditional criminal justice system as cases and consequences are decided by an offender’s peers. Typical consequences are restitution, a written apology to the victim, service on a future RFY Teen Court, etc.
Reach for Youth has recently had some renovations at its main office at 3505 N. Washington Blvd as a result of some water damage and is interested in getting the railings and judge’s bench refinished in its Teen Courtroom. The contact at RFY for more information is Kendee Kolp (attached). This is a potential Eagle project for a Scout.
Anybody interested in this should contact Ms. Kolp directly for more information.