El Dorado County Peer Council in Placerville Invites New Student Volunteers

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 06, 2018 / comments

[PR Pond]

(Placerville, CA) - The El Dorado County Peer Council in Placerville is currently inviting new student volunteers to participate in the program. Students in grades 8 to 12 who attend public or private schools in El Dorado County can take an active role in the local juvenile justice system through the youth Peer Council program. Peer Council is a collaborative program of the Probation Department and the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) of El Dorado County. 

Through the Peer Council, trained youth meet as a team twice per month on Mondays in Placerville with youth who have engaged in low level delinquent activity. The Peer Council makes recommendations about services and efforts that can assist each youthful offender in making positive changes. Peer Council members receive leadership training, guidance and support from staff in the departments of Probation and HHSA.  

Students interested in participating in the Peer Council program in Placerville are asked to please sign up and apply online by January 4, 2019, at https://sites.google.com/edcgov.us/peercouncil-pv/. Students accepted into the program will be notified regarding next steps and training. Once training is completed, students may serve as peer reviewers on the Council.  

"Peer Council is an innovative and engaging program for local youth," said Stephanie Carlson, volunteer coordinator with the Peer Council. "The goals of this early intervention program are to empower youthful offenders to positively change their lives by recognizing the importance of making good choices and addressing harmful behaviors, in a collaborative, positive and peer-supported environment. The program also encourages local youth leadership." 

For more information about the Peer Council in Placerville, please contact Stephanie Carlson at (530) 621-6130 or Stephanie.carlson@edcgov.us. The Peer Council is also offered in South Lake Tahoe. For questions about the Peer Council in South Lake Tahoe, please contact Hector Reyes at (530) 573-7959.