Kiwanians Learn About Teen Court


Monday Morning

We had 18 members at Monday’s meeting along with our guest speaker, Dakota Vaughan along with his grandmother, Lois Towne. Gary Ring had a “Happy Buck” in appreciation for being nominated and awarded a “Volunteer of the Year” award from the FDL Volunteer Center, Steve Millin for the Badgers playing in the NCAA Tournament in Milwaukee on Thursday, Harry Schneider for St. Patty’s Day and his wife’s birthday, and Del Waldschmidt for getting back from Mexico without seeing the inside of one of their jails, but he was disappointed with the weather here when he got back. Several members had some funny Irish humor. Dakota drew his grandfather’s (Marlin) ticket in the 50/50 Raffle and Marlin drew the Two of Clubs, not a winner. Next week’s drawing will have 28 cards with five pay cards and a pot of at least $316.

Dakota Vaughn, Fond du Lac County Teen Court facebook-logo

Fond du Lac County Teen Court is a diversionary program for first time juvenile offenders between the ages of 12-16. Juveniles that enroll into the Teen Court program must admit guilt to the offense they were involved with and must be prepared to accept a sentence decided on by a jury of their peers. Teens who successfully complete the Teen Court Program will face no further court action regarding their offense. The jury and attorneys are made up of youth volunteers from 7-12 grade. Volunteers are expected to be positive role models to their peers at all times.

Teen Court hearings are held on Wednesday evenings. All hearings are closed hearings to the general public as confidentially is one of the most important elements of the Fond du Lac County Teen Court Program. Cost to enroll is $10. All sentences include a minimum of 12 hours community service and participation in future teen court hearings.  Other possible sentences include but are not limited to:

  • Face to face or written apologies to the victim(s)
  • An educational video or workshop
  • An essay related to the offense
  • Counseling
  • Alcohol or Drug Assessment
  • Any other creative sanction