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The purpose of this grant is to support Resolutions, a juvenile intervention and prevention program where Bertie youth offenders ages 12-18 are sentenced for offenses by their peers in collaboration with adults in an attempt to keep them out of the court system. This program is a partnership with Juvenile Services, the District Attorney’s Office, parents, the Bertie County School System and other service agencies. Offenders must complete the sentence given by the youth court, which may include community service and restitution, maintaining satisfactory grades in school, writing essays and letters of apology, participating in counseling or mentoring programs, and attending educational workshops. This projects reduces recidivism among offenders, improves the debate skills of youth serving as attorneys, baliffs and prosecutors and increases social responsibility.