YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Twenty-eight students were honored recently as graduates of the Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) Youth Court Class of 2016 in Yorktown.
“The Youth Court program enables students to experience first-hand what it is like to be an attorney, detective, judge, bailiff, and court officer,” said Youth Court Director Nancy Levin. “This incredible program is a careful collaboration of so many vital members of our community. The social workers at the local high schools, local attorneys, police, and even our esteemed town justices all work together to teach the incoming Youth Court class everything there is to know about the criminal justice system.”
The ceremony was attended by many local dignitaries including Yorktown Town Justice Gary Raniolo; State Sen. Terrence Murphy; County Legislators Michael Kaplowitz and John Testa; Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace; and Yorktown Councilmen Tom Diana; Greg Bernard; and Vishnu Patel.
“As a Yorktown justice, I have had the pleasure to work together with Yorktown Justice Sal Lagonia in support of the ASK Youth Court program and many of ASK’s mentors who are dedicated, conscientious and hard-working individuals,” said Raniolo. “I am energized by the interest and enthusiasm shown by ASK and the students who participate in the Youth Court program. It is an honor for me to share my legal experience, and help shape their understanding and attitude about the criminal justice systems, the judicial process and the rule of law.”
Leaders from the local school districts in attendance included Yorktown Superintendent of Schools Ralph Napolitano; Yorktown High School Assistant Principal Deborah Brand; Yorktown High School Assistant Principal John Gollisz; Lakeland High School Principal Lorrie Yurish; ASK Board Member and Lakeland Board of Education Trustee Denise Kness; ASK Board Member and Yorktown High School Social Worker Karen Profita, and Yorktown High School Student Assistance Counselor, Lydia Whitney. Also in attendance were members from the ASK Youth Court Advisory Board, Liz Greene and Ellen Pinto
The ceremony was hosted by the Alliance for Safe Kids and held at Yorktown Justice Court. For more information, visit www.allianceforsafekids.org.
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