About Blount County youth court

BCYC History and Mission

The Blount County Youth Court was established as a Legacy project for the Leadership Blount class of 2013, and is established with the approval and under the guidance of Blount County Juvenile Court and Judge Kenlyn Foster. With the belief that all kids deserve a second chance, the Youth Court uses the principles of restorative justice, accountability, competency and community, to change lives in our community. The Youth Court is a teen-driven juvenile delinquency prevention/intervention diversion program with proven success.

Board Members

Lynn Peterson

"I have been an attorney for over 30 years, and I can say that this powerful program really works. We get involved before poor decisions and the consequences of those decisions become irreparable. Using the power of positive peer pressure we help kids get back on track. I have seen this program work, and am honored to be part of it."

Alex Willard

“The Youth Court is powerful in many ways, but my favorite is peers giving peers the opportunity to right their wrongs. I serve with the Youth Court because I believe the process of peer-driven juvenile justice will enhance accountability and the education of individuals, families and communities for generations to come.”

Joel Reeves

“Sometimes the greatest gift that can be given to a young person is the realization that their actions have consequences beyond themselves. The BCYC gives both respondents and peer jurors the opportunity to understand early on in their lives that they are a part of a larger community and that their actions have a direct impact on those around them. As an attorney who sees the effects of our judicial system on a daily basis, the BCYC model of restorative justice not only lessens the burden on our courts by keeping kids from re-entering the system, it really does help strengthen the bonds of the already strong community we have here in Blount County.”

Pat Mcgill

“I understand young adults are constantly being bombarded with a lot of different choices and just like Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference” - I want to try and give every child who starts down the wrong road, the opportunity to go down a better road. Because truly, it will make ‘all the difference’ to their future. My prayer is that they will become a better member of our community which in turn, gives us all a stronger and better community.”

Rosemary Garland

“Blount County Youth Court offers first-time juvenile offenders an opportunity to opt for restorative justice through a peer jury vs. the standard juvenile court system. This model has a proven success record and our community benefits from participating in it. Not only do our respondents benefit from the program, our peer jurors learn about the judicial process hands-on and have the opportunity to grow to leadership positions within the jury. It’s an honor for me to be part of the positive impact that Youth Court has made in our community.”

Rebecca Treadway

"Blount County Youth Court dynamically changes lives and communities. As a professor and a parent of a child who served as a juror on the BCYC, I am honored to serve on the Board; it is inspiring to work with the Board members. I want to help our youth. BCYC provides an exceptional opportunity of restorative justice for at-risk youth. Likewise, peer jurors gain compassion, understanding, and training in an unprecedented experience. I believe BCYC is an organization committed to doing good by doing right for our youth."

Lilli Brown

“I am a true advocate for our community and this will be a great asset for me and all involved”

Rick Hudolin

“I am proud to serve with Blount County Youth Court because it gives an opportunity for young offenders to redeem themselves through restorative justice as opposed to the juvenile court system. Kids are faced with many choices these days. Some good and some not so good. I believe this program gives them a chance to turn things around and get on the right track in life and not get caught up in the system.”

Grant Carringer

“The Youth Court program operates to proactively prevent irreversible effects of juvenile misconduct by assisting respondents in correcting their course and amending their mistakes through peer support. I am privileged and grateful to be part of a program that provides juvenile offenders with a second opportunity, while also giving juvenile jurors an early and significant chance to make a meaningful contribution to their community.”

The Blount County Youth Court, a program that operates as part of Tennessee Youth Courts, Inc., strives to have an open and affirming culture. We advocate for all youth. In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, the Blount county Youth Court provides services to youth and their families who participate in a youth court program regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious preference, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability. No one will be subjected to segregation or separate treatment in any manner related to receipt of services; restricted in any way in the enjoyment of services, facilities/venues, or any other advantage, privilege or benefit provided to others under the program; or addressed in a manner that is disrespectful because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religious preference, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability.