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2016-036-2935 - Teen Court ProgramRESOLUTION NO. 2016 -36 -2935 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO PARTNER WITH THE MIAMI -DADE ECONOMIC ADVOCACY TRUST YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DIVISION TO EXPAND ITS TEEN COURT PROGRAM IN THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, the Miami -Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Youth Development Division proposes a partnership with the City of Miami Gardens to expand its Teen Court Program in the City, and WHEREAS, Teen Court was created more than 18 years ago to help decrease the arrest disparities among youth misdemeanor offenders in the county's Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs), and WHEREAS, through the peer jury, youth sanction their peers who then receive rehabilitative support including life skills programming, community services hours, a jail tour, mentors and a pathway to a clean record, and WHEREAS, youth prosecute cases and defend youth offenders, the only adult is the judge, and WHEREAS, this partnership increases the City of Miami Gardens' diversion offerings by 23 percent and offers youth a second chance and a head start on legal professions, and WHEREAS, the Teen Court Program requests to use the Council Chambers twice per month as well as access to a meeting room to host life skills workshops, and WHEREAS, Mayor Oliver Gilbert is recommending that the City Council approve the Teen Court Program's expansion in the City of Miami Gardens, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA AS FOLLOWS: Section 1: ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS: The foregoing Whereas paragraphs are hereby ratified and confirmed as being true, and the same are hereby made a specific part of this Resolution. Section 2: AUTHORIZATION: The City Council of the City of Miami Gardens hereby authorizes the City to partner with the Miami -Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Youth Development Division to expand its Teen Court Program in the City of Miami Gardens and authorizies usage of Council Chambers twice a month for court hearings and to access a meeting room to host life skills workshops. Section 3: EFFECTIVE DATE: This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon its final passage. PASSED AND ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS AT ITS REGULAR MEETING HE FEBRUARY 24, 2016. OLI E ILBERT, III, MAYOR ATTEST: RO ETTA TAYLO r MC, CITY CLERK PREPARED BY: SONJA KNIGHTON DICKENS, CITY ATTORNEY SPONSORED BY: MAYOR OLIVER GILBERT Moved by: Councilman Davis Seconded by: Vive Mayor Robinson Resolution No. 2016 -36 -2935 Page 2 VOTE: 6 -0 Mayor Oliver Gilbert, III _x (Yes) (No) Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson _x (Yes) (No) Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom _x (Yes) (No) Councilman David Williams Jr _x (Yes) (No) Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis _x (Yes) (No) Councilman Rodney Harris (Yes) (No) Not Present Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro, Ph.D. _x (Yes) (No) Resolution No. 2016 -36 -2935 Page 3 ADD -ON ITEM: 18605 NW 27th Avenue Miami Gardens, FL 33056 Teen Court Program City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: February 24, 2016 Item Type: EnterX in box Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X Public Hearing: (EnterX in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract /P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP /RFQ /Bid #: N/A X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational E-1 Bus. & Economic Dev 0 Public Safety 0 Quality of Education E:J Qual. of Life & City Image F-1 Communcation 0 Strategic Plan Obj. /Strategy: (list the specific objective /strategy this item will address) X Sponsor Name Oliver Gilbert, Mayor Department: Office of the Mayor & Council Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO PARTNER WITH THE MIAMI -DADE ECONOMIC ADVOCACY TRUST YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DIVISION TO EXPAND ITS TEEN COURT PROGRAM IN THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary: The Miami -Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Youth Development Division proposes a partnership with the City of Miami Gardens to expand its Teen Court Program in the City. Teen Court was created more than 18 years ago to help decrease the arrest disparities among youth misdemeanor offenders in the county's Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs). Through the peer jury -adult judge approach, youth sanction their peers who then receive rehabilitative support including life skills programming, community services hours, a jail tour, mentors, and a path to a clean record. Youth prosecute cases and defend youth offenders. The only adult is the judge. This partnership increases the City of Miami Gardens' diversion offerings by 23- percent and offers youth a second chance and a head start on legal professions. 18605 NW 27th Avenue Miami Gardens, FL 33056 The Teen Court Program requests to use the Council Chambers twice per month as well as access to a meeting room to host life skills workshops. Proposed Action: That the City Council approve the Teen Court Program's expansion in the City of Miami Gardens. Attachment: None.