Wonderful picture of Alexandria Twigg pictured with her family members and her “Teen Court Family”. Alex was the selected as the inaugural youth to be highlighted by the City of Sarasota’s subject of a wonderful new program called Exceptional City Kids. This type of story about a beautiful and spirited young woman who is doing amazing things in our community is just what we need more of to be inspired and hopeful. Special appreciation goes to Miles Larsen for doing such an amazing job capturing Alexandria’s lust for life.
Stefan Campagna – Law Student, Hofstra University
Stefan Campagna, now 24, told an audience yesterday at the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Atlanta about his teenage turnaround after he was sentenced by peers at a [Teen Court] trial. He was 16 at the time, had been accused of 27 felonies and had initially been turned down as a candidate for going to youth court for resolution.
“I was sentenced to 150 hours of community service and 18 [Teen Court] jury duties,” said Campagna. “Half way through my jury duty service, I realized I’m either going to be back here as a defendant again, or on the other side.”
Campagna chose the other side. He finished high school, graduated from college and is now a second year student at Hofstra University School of Law in New York.
Luke Wareham - Former Teen Attorney; Auburn University
“Teen Court is not designed to be sentencing, but rehabilitation, so people don’t make the same choice. I can definitely say that it works. You can see a considerable change in all the people by the time they’ve gone through sentencing. I come because I love it.”
“I learned many things as a parent going through this process. All the staff were wonderful. It’s a great way for kids to learn consequences of wrong behavior; but yet give them a chance to make better choices for their future. Thank you!”
“P.S. – I truly appreciate the staff at Teen Court, and the staff at Camp X-RAYD. You are truly professional and obviously there because you care. Thank you!”
“We were given many different options and always lots of advice. I appreciated the patience and experiences.
“Great Program!! You are awesome and I am very grateful for my son to be able to have this option.”
“Not having ever seen or heard about the program, but having gone through this, I found it to be a very cost-effective way of handling certain juvenile matters. I wish the program many years of continued success. The staff was extremely helpful and courteous throughout the process. THANK YOU”
“The staff at Teen Court & Camp X-RAYD should be commended for their work. My son wouldn’t be where his is without you. Thank you!”