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(Placerville, CA) - The El Dorado County Peer Council in Placerville is currently inviting new student volunteers to participate in the program. Students in grades 8 to 12 who attend public or private schools in El Dorado County can take an active role in the local juvenile justice system through the youth Peer Council program. Peer Council is a collaborative program of the Probation Department and the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) of El Dorado County.
Through the Peer Council, trained youth meet as a team twice per month on Wednesdays in Shingle Springs with youth who have engaged in delinquent activity. The Peer Council makes recommendations about services and efforts that can assist each youthful offender in making positive changes. Peer Council members receive leadership training, guidance and support prior to becoming members.
Students interested in participating in the Peer Council program in Placerville are asked to please sign up and apply online by September 30, 2019, at https://sites.google.com/edcgov.us/peercouncil-pv/. Students accepted into the program will be notified about next steps and training. Once training is completed, students may serve as peer reviewers on the Council.
According to Stephanie Carlson, Peer Council Coordinator in Placerville, the program has had very positive feedback from both the student peer reviewers and the youth who have been cited. "The students tell us it's important to give teens a safe place to make and learn from mistakes," said Carlson. "The program allows for deep conversation and sincere connections between teens, leaving a lasting impression on those who have been cited. Peer Council is a great alternative to court, as it is less traumatic and allows teens to truly understand why they did what they did, and to take steps to make changes."
For more information about the Peer Council in Placerville, please contact Stephanie Carlson at (530) 621-6130 or Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org. The Peer Council is also offered in South Lake Tahoe. For questions about the Peer Council in South Lake Tahoe, please contact Hector Reyes at (530) 573-7959.
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