A Durand student and a member of the Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court, will receive a scholarship for his role in juvenile restorative justice. Ian Schneider is the annual recipient of the Buffalo / Pepin County Teen Court Scholarship. To apply, applicants were asked to describe their role in their local Teen Court as what impact they felt Teen Court has on their community.
Ian Schneider, son of Frank and Lori Schneider, is a senior at Durand High School. Ian has served as a Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court panelist since April 2018. One of Schneider’s most significant contributions to the program includes serving as one of the inaugural youth members of the Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court Advisory Board. As a board member, Ian shared his perspective on teen court policy as an equal partner alongside law enforcement, social workers, school administration and Judge Clark. In his time in Teen Court Schneider has also coached incoming panelists and served as a lead spokesperson during many hearings. Schneider wrote of his experience, “Restorative justice is about helping the offender; not punishing them, so that they can re-enter the community fresh and better than before. Every single time that I get to participate in a case I’m fired up because I know that today I get to help someone who’s struggling in life and that through the panel’s actions that we’re helping them get back on track. When I joined this exemplary program, I knew from that day on that this was where I belonged because I was doing something meaningful and purposeful with my life. Teen Court has not only given me a new perspective on life, but also all the people that it’s touched over the years.” Annie Lisowski, Teen Court Co-Coordinator, said of Schneider’s leadership in the program, “Ian has demonstrated equity, integrity and innovation as a part of teen court the last two years. He’s often been a go-to to serve as the lead judge, or spokesperson, because of his deep understanding of restorative justice and his dedication to meeting the authentic, individual needs of each offender.”
The scholarship will be awarded at the Durand High School virtual awards ceremony by Marie Ritscher, Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court Co-Coordinator. The scholarship is accompanied by a $500 cash award from the Buffalo / Pepin County Teen Court Advisory Board to be utilized for secondary education in the fall of 2020. Schneider plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls pursuing a degree in Horticulture in the fall.
To learn more about Buffalo/Pepin Teen Court or the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, visit our webpage at https://buffalo.extension.wisc.edu/teencourt.