The Blount County Youth Court will hold its lone annual fundraiser — the fourth annual “Garden to Gavel” — on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Harmony Family Center (formerly Camp Montvale) at 4901 Montvale Road in Maryville.

Tickets are $100 each and are available at Realty Executives Associates, 1213 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, or by sending a message via www.face

CountyYouth Court.

The event will include a four-course dinner of seasonal and local ingredients prepared by Miss Lily’s Catering of Townsend, the Youth Court said in a news release.

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will serenade diners during appetizers beginning at 5:30 p.m. The speaker will be Caty Davis, former Miss Tennessee. The Blount County Youth Court (BCYC) is a legacy project started by Leadership Blount’s Class of 2013.

It is made up of students who volunteer to hear cases of first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders.

The BCYC employs a restorative justice model to connect juvenile respondents with the community and to prevent re-offense.

Students go through various training with subjects taught by Juvenile Court Judge Kenlyn Foster and Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Kelly Thomas, and others.

Foster refers non-violent offenders to the court and they must appear in front of a jury of their peers. The jurors develop individualized consequences to help guide each youth to make better decisions through accountability.

Once the offender has completed the disposition, the charges are dismissed.

{p class=”p2”}Any high schooler that is interested in learning more about the program or becoming a peer juror should visit the Blount County Youth Court Facebook page for an application. Organizations and businesses are needed to use offenders when they must do public service. The court is looking for anything from car detailing, musical or artist opportunities, or nonprofit work.

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