Restorative practices lead hearings for youth with violations

Some youth who are habitual truants, or miss more than ten unexcused days from school, participate in a teen court hearing with peers trained to use restorative practices to lead the discussion. The ultimate goal is for students to change their behavior and return to school, but teen court panel members help youth and families discuss barriers and find ways to build their skills for improved reentry and lessened shame. Buffalo/Pepin County teen court panel members are trained high school students from Durand, Pepin, Mondovi, Gilmanton, Alma, and Cochrane-Fountain City school districts.