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Huntington's Youth Court gets
$2,000 bar association grant
On Thursday, Sept. 17, the New York Bar Foundation presented a $2,000 grant to the Town of Huntington’s Youth Court Program to show its continued support for this local youth orientated alternative to the standard criminal justice system.Gregory Guercio, chair of the New York Bar Foundation’s Tenth District, presented the grant to Maria Danisi, the Youth Court Program coordinator and Town Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen.
Now celebrating its ninth year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court has more than 100 members from every high school in the town and has inducted 375 Youth Court members to date.
The Youth Court Program, initiated by Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding first time youth offenders between the ages of 7 and 15 accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. Youth Court participants will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism.
“It is vital to instill the legal ramifications to first time youth offenders in such a unique criminal justice arena,” Cuthbertson said. “I would like to personally thank and commend the New York Bar Foundation for their continued support, which will help to pay future dividends to both local youth offenders and community,” Cuthbertson said.
“The Youth Court program could not be such a success without the overwhelming community support received since its inception,” Besen said. “This program continues to grow steadily and we are fortunate for the New York Bar Foundation's continued generosity and support,” Besen.
Gregory C. Guercio, chairman of the New York Bar Foundation, is shown above presenting the grant to Maria Danisi, Youth Court Coordinator, along with Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen and inducted members of the Youth Court program. Stephen Jimenez works for the Town of Huntington