On June 16th, 2015 the Red Hook Youth Court opened its doors to family, friends, guest and staff for our Spring Recognition and Induction Ceremony where we acknowledged our members for their hard work and dedication. Honorable Judge, Alex Calabrese was the Key Note speaker of the ceremony. He is a huge supporter of the Red Hook Youth Court and truly believes in the mission of the program. We had a full house, with laughs, smiles and hugs!
10 members are moving on to other endeavors, in which 4 of those 10 are graduating seniors from High School who will be starting college this Fall. 10 Members will be staying on to serve as mentors and 10 newly inducted youth court members who were sworn in by Sergeant William Bauman, of the Unified Court System will all be sitting on the Youth Court and beginning their journey this Summer.
Additionally, Jamilah Daniels and Ann Doc, graduating members from Youth Court and High School wrote speeches on their experiences within the program, the gratitude for the staff leadership and mentorship and appreciation for their fellow members throughout their term of service. Jamilah and Ann also gave advice to the newly inducted members on how the work they will be doing is extremely important but to remember to also have fun while doing it. As a final surprise staff presented the 4 of our college bound members each with a $100 gift card to Target to help them with school supplies and prepare for their first semester in college! It was a fun and inspiring time, we look forward to continuing the hard work in and out of the courtroom.
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