PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Law Day was celebrated last week by Central SD Teen Court youth and adult volunteers, parents and staff. The day was noted May 1st and at the event, Assistant Attorney General Steven Blair, who is a Teen Court Volunteer Judge, talked about the significance of Law Day and the important role the volunteers play in the program. Special recognition was also given to Pierre Police Officer and School Resource Officer Samson Boutchee for his service and dedication to the program. Graduating senior volunteers from Hughes and Sully counties were awarded over $4,000 in scholarships during the gathering. The volunteers shared how teen court has made an impact on their lives in many ways. Central SD Teen Court is a program of Capital Area Counseling Service and a Capital Area United Way participating agency. Central SD Teen Court is a voluntary diversion program in the 6th Judicial Circuit for youth ages 10-18. It provides an alternative to the juvenile court process for youngsters who are first-and sometimes second time offenders. Program Coordinator Kellie Shuman says the program holds kids accountable for their actions; helps teach them ways to make better choices in the future and allows them to give back to the community.
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