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Tallahassee receives $180,000 grant to help at-risk teens stay out of trouble

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 19:00:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Additional funds are now in the City of Tallahassee's hands to help at-risk teenagers stay on the right path.

The Department of Juvenile Justice Restorative Justice grant will go towards the Community Connections Restorative Justice program.

The 12 week program held at the Palmer Munroe Teen Center helps with case management, community service, restorative justice panels and circles, and nonviolent communication training.

Teens in the program usually are recommended by the state attorney or school as an alternative to stricter punishment.

"It provides an opportunity for young folks in our community who maybe have gotten into a little trouble," said Bobby Sparks, the superintendent of City of Tallahassee Recreation. "It's an opportunity to correct those things in a different way rather than the justice system."

The center will have $61,500 to spend each year for the next three years.