CAYA volunteers sworn in

Submitted photoThe newest group of Court Appointed Youth Advocate (CAYA) volunteers were recently sworn in. Pictured, from left, are Magistrate Jonathan Forker, Triston Rouse, Joe Drantz, Keiren O’Kelly, Judith Hundt, Mary Jane O’Brien, Kayla Glassman, Dennis Carroll, Michael Hess and the Honorable Thomas Alevizos (Not pictured: Jennifer McCracken).

La PORTE — La Porte County Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos, accompanied by Juvenile Magistrate Jonathan Forker, swore in the newest group of Court Appointed Youth Advocate (CAYA) volunteers recently.

The advocates will support struggling youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system by promoting educational, employment, positive peer relationships, life skills and other short-term goals. So far this year, CAYA advocates have assisted 50 youth involved in the program this year.

Seven more volunteers received comprehensive training of the system as well as engage in the process by observing court. Ongoing workshops and resource collaboration will provide additional tools to assist volunteers in making a difference in the life of a child or youth.

What we do matters so please consider becoming a hero to help children and youth who are appointed to both CASA and CAYA programs. For more information, visit www.lpfamilyadvocates.com or call 324-3385 to help a youth who needs you.

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