Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute

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Clerk of Court and The Spartanburg County Foundation Launch Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute

November 4, 2016

The Spartanburg County Clerk of Court and The Spartanburg County Foundation is pleased to announce a new collaborative initiative offered to Spartanburg County youth in the coming year. The Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute, a partnership of the Clerk of Court and The Spartanburg County Foundation, is a four-month leadership training program designed to introduce Spartanburg County 11th- and 12th- grade students to the criminal justice system.

In response to several recent tragedies across the country, the Institute will help strengthen understanding and eliminate any misconceptions between youth and criminal justice officials in Spartanburg County. This innovative program, modeled after the Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Development Institute, will empower Spartanburg County youth to become positive contributors and leaders in the community.

“I’m delighted to partner with the Spartanburg County Foundation to make the Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute a reality,” said Hope Blackley, Spartanburg County Clerk of Court. “The first-hand exposure to the criminal justice system will strengthen communication and understanding amongst Spartanburg County youth and criminal justice officials. It is our hope that the Institute will create a network of young leaders who will positively impact our community.”

Participation in the program is open to any 11th- and 12th- grade student attending a Spartanburg County public, private, or home school. Interested students may click on the link below to download an application or visit the Clerk of Court’s website at www.spartanburgcounty.org. All applications must be received at The Spartanburg County Foundation (424 E. Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302) by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Selections for the pilot program will begin early December. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to The Spartanburg County Foundation, (864) 582.0138.

The Clerk of Court has established an Advisory Committee for the Institute comprised of Barry Barnette, Victor Durrah, Vicky Free, Kevin Harrison, Susu Johnson, Tim Metz, Dr. Ifekan-Shango Simon, and Mary Thomas. This committee will guide and promote the Institute through the pilot year and will help grow the program for the future.

“We are excited to partner with the Spartanburg County Clerk of Court on this unique program. The Institute is a testament to the power of partnership and is a proactive approach to help prevent Spartanburg County from becoming a negative national headline,” said Mary Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at The Spartanburg County Foundation. “We look forward to seeing the positive outcome and growth of this innovative initiative.”

A fund has been established at The Spartanburg County Foundation entitled The Clerk of Court Community Fund. This fund is devoted to the education and promotion of the criminal justice field and supports the Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute. The Spartanburg County Foundation has awarded a $15,000 lead match grant to the Clerk of Court Community Fund and will match donations to this fund dollar for dollar until December 31, 2016. Anyone interested in supporting the Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute may donate to The Clerk of Court Community Fund.

 

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