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To improve lifestyle choices and options in Marquette County through positive cultural and environmental changes.
Marquette County is a place where the community members are increasingly involved, healthy and successful.
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Beverage Server Training Class to Be Offered
There will be a TIPS (Training and Intervention Procedures for Servers of Alcohol) class held on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Human Services Building Room 106 in Montello.
In Wisconsin, the law mandates server and seller training for both on and off premise, licensed establishments. TIPS is a skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving. TIPS is an approved beverage server training class in the state of Wisconsin.
The cost is free for residents of Columbia and Marquette counties. For all other counties it is $25. The fee includes a manual and three-year State of Wisconsin approved certification.
Teen Court begins in Marquette County
Marquette County has a new option for putting teens who are accused of breaking a law through the justice system with Teen Court. The process begins when a teen is arrested or cited. An officer may decide that the teen and the situation are a good fit. After the facts are reviewed by Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Mobilizer Heather Kierzek and the District Attorney, if approved, the juvenile is entered into the teen court system rather than the regular court route. To go through teen court, the teen must admit guilt.
The teen will then go before a jury made up of peers, who will ask questions about the incident, review police reports and school information before determining a sentence. The jurors are student volunteers from youth groups that are led by Healthy Communities Healthy Youth. Training is given to the jurors prior to serving.
The sentence is then reviewed by Kierzek and the D.A. If approved, the sentence is monitored by Kierzek and once completed, the offense is removed from the record of the teen. A juvenile may only go through teen court once. If they offend again, they must go through regular court.
The whole process was recently put into motion when a juvenile Marquette County female was pulled over by an officer after she was observed driving erratically by continuously slowing down and speeding up. The teen had been trying to get the cruise control to work properly on her vehicle and received a ticket for speeding. The case was turned over to the teen court.
According to the offending teen, she was nervous going to teen court because she was not sure what to expect. Once everything was underway, she was more at ease and explained what happened the night she received her ticket to the jury.
After hearing her side of the story, the jury went into deliberation. While the younger teens, who don’t drive yet, had a harder time relating to the incident, the older teens felt they could relate to the situation. In the end, she was sentenced to seven hours of community service and jury duty on a future case.
It was a learning experience for all involved. Those serving on the jury mentioned how they had to negotiate with the rest of the jury for what they felt was a fair sentence. The offender, who had been extremely embarrassed by her ticket, had to come face-to-face with other teens and talk about her offence.
The mother of the teen also liked the system because she felt it makes teens acknowledge what they did wrong and repay their debt to society on their own. In this situation a parent can’t just bail their child out.
The teen in this case has already finished part of her community service. Teen Court is anticipating their next case in April.
Schools take part in Social Norms Campaigns
Both Montello and Westfield Jr./Senior High Schools have been busy promoting a Social Norms campaign focusing on the dangers of taking prescription drugs belonging to someone else. Instead of solely focusing on the negative aspects that are associated with this behavior, the campaign relies on information from the Youth Behaviors Risk Study (YBRS) taken by students in Marquette County.
When students hear about others taking prescription drugs that do not belong to them, they may start to feel as if they are the only ones not taking them. The YBRS shows that most kids are not taking part in this behavior, and uses this data to educate the student body. This is done through staff, posters, and peer group activities during the lunch hour.
Hope House is resource for teens in violent relationships
Teen dating violence is similar to domestic violence. It is a pattern of abusive tactics that are used to gain and maintain power and control in a dating relationship. Abuse can be emotional, verbal, digital, physical, sexual and/or financial. One of the unique aspects to teen dating violence include more use and abuse of technology, abusive partners going to the same school, and teens resisti...ng help as they struggle to find independence. Warning signs of and abusive relationship includes a partner that constantly checks up on a teen through calls and texts, acts extremely jealous or controlling, controls who they hang out with and blames the teen for things they didn’t do. If a teen reaches out to you, it is important to listen, believe and support them. Be non-judgmental and make it clear you don’t blame them and that you respect their choices. If you need free and confidential services to assist a teen or adult in an abusive relationship, Hope House of South Central Wisconsin provides advocacy and shelter to people affected by domestic/dating violence and sexual assault. All services are free, including a 24/7 helpline, individual counseling, legal assistance, support groups, children’s programming, safety planning, 24/7 on-call emergency response, shelter and community education. The 24-hour helpline is 1-800-584-6790.
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