• Preparing To Soar supports families and empowers youth

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    November 22, 2011

    SMITHFIELD - The Chamber held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, November 22 for Preparing To Soar, a new non-profit organization that supports at-risk youth and families. Tedra Fair and Marlyn Lewis are the co-founders of Preparing To Soar, whose office is located in Suite B3, Smithdale Plaza, 1329 N. Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.

    One noteworthy program of Preparing To Soar is Teen Court, a sentencing/diversion option program for first-time misdemeanor offenders, age 11 to 17. Teens must admit their guilt and be enrolled in the Johnston County school system. Instead of the youth being charged and appearing in court, he or shee is "diverted" to the Preparing To Soar Teen Court. The courtoom is overseen by an adult judge, but all of the lawyers, baliffs, jurors and defendants are youth. Preparing To Soar Teen Court offers youth an opportunity for constructive sentencing by their peers. The jury hears evidence and arguments as presented by the lawyers and prosecutors and then chooses from a menu of sanctions designed to teach consequences and responsibility that can "redirect" youth from committing another crime.

    For more information about Preparing To Soar, contact the office at 919.938.2121 or email preparingtosoar@aol.com.

    Rick Childrey, President
    (919) 934-9166

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