Juvenile Community Service and Restitution
A major focus for The Juvenile Community Service and Restitution Program is to give juveniles who have committed a crime in Chatham County a way to pay back their Chatham community and/or pay restitution to the victim. Chatham County Together!'s numerous community connections provide us with creative ways to match juveniles with work service supervisors and work sites that will widen a youth's education/social horizons and could possibly increase their options for entry into the adult working world later. This program is funded by NC Department of Juvenile Justice and private contributions. Learn more»
CCT has two mentoring components. Youth ages 6-17 are eligible. One program specifically targets youth who have a parent in prison. The purpose of both programs is to develop friendship based relationships between mentors and young people. Volunteers are carefully screened and must complete a three-hour training session before being matched. Volunteers are trained to use activities as tools for building trust, teaching life skills and providing experiences that will lead to increased self-esteem in the young person. These relationships are built on activities of shared interest such as hiking, basketball, cooking or reading. Program staff provide consistent monitoring and supervision of the “matches”, training and activities and provide on-going support throughout the life of the match.
These mentoring components are supported through United Way, Chatham County, Women of Fearrington, the Rolander Foundation and contributions. Learn more»
Chatham County Together! Teen Court is a program that gives first-time offenders, between the ages of 11 and 17, a second chance; yet holds them fully accountable for their actions. The program is based on the philosophy that a youthful law violator is less likely to continue to be a repeat offender when a jury of their peers decides the appropriate punishment. Teen volunteers act as Attorneys, Baliffs, Clerks and Jurors during the trial. The only participating adult is the judge, who is a licensed Attorney or actual presiding Judge. The program is for youth that have admitted guilt to misdemeanor offenses.
Teen Court is funded through NC Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Chatham County matching funds and the Rolander Foundation. Learn More
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Services
WIA Youth Services connect young people ages 14-21 with quality educational and employment opportunities. The program brings together local workforce training providers, schools, community organizations and offers traditional employment, mentoring ,training activities, community service and leadership opportunities for eligible youth.
WIA is federally funded through the Workforce Investment Act. Learn More
Hablando Claro/ Plain Talk
In 2005 Chatham County Together! embarked on this project to address the rising number of teen pregnancies among Latino youth. This project was based on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which showed that the risks of teens engaging in risky behaviors could be decreased by: 1) educating adults with information through Home Health Parties by trained residents in their community on topics of human sexuality, HIV and pregnancy prevention and birth control; and 2) by giving them the tools to increase communication with their adolescents.
This project is funded in part by the NC Department of Health and Human Services and other contributions. Learn more»
Children and their parents involved with the Office of Juvenile Justice can receive support from CCT! staff as they learn valuable communication skills and accountability to help them have success at a school, at home, and in the community. Youth are offered on-going community service, recreation and education activities throughout the year.
This program is funded by NC Department of Juvenile Justice, Chatham County and Children’s Mental Health.