Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc
PO Box 48927
Sarasota FL 34230
The mission of Teen Court of Sarasota Inc. is to introduce area youth to activities and services that promote feelings of self-esteem and self improvement when they develop a healthy attitude toward authority. All organizational activities instill and teach the benefits of law abiding behavior and civic engagement. ________________________________________
Our Vision
The vision of Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. is to instill self-esteem in children by introducing them to the positive benefits of law-abiding citizenship. We advocate for and provide an environment in which:
  • Young people can participate in activities that promote law abiding citizenship.
  • Young people develop life skills and improve self esteem through participation in activities that encourage critical thinking.
  • Young people learn to work within a diverse group of their peers.
  • Young people are introduced to positive peer and adult role models and mentors.
  • Young people can explore career choices.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. M. Kathleen "Katie" Self
Board Chair Mr. Hunter W. Carroll
Board Chair Affiliation Matthews, Eastmoore, Hardy, Crauwels & Garcia, P.A.
General Info
Organization DBA
Teen Court
Supported Organization Teen Court
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1990
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2015
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $276,400.00
Projected Expenses $298,376.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
1.  Teen Court achieved the agency's Mission to reduce juvenile crime in our community by placing 400 at-risk youth into rehabilitative services.
2.  Teen Court achieved the agency's Mission by providing law related education to more than 200 area students who chose to become active participants in the resolution of a problem, juvenile crime. Through their volunteer efforts the community was made safer with all youthful participants learning the benefits of law abiding citizenship.
3.  The organization was recognized by the Florida Bar Foundation for its' contributions to reducing crime throughout Florida and its' leadership in expanding the program throughout the State and across America.
4.   The organization secured a grant to purchase a new computer system which will greatly improve the agency's ability to operate more effectively.
5.   The organization continued, operating a a non-profit agency dependant on charitable contributions, to save Sarasota County and its' citizens
Needs Statement
1.  Develop new sources of sustaining revenues to replace the reduced income from the $3 fee collected on traffic tickets and court costs
2.  Need volunteer man-power to assist with training staff regarding new technology for improved communication with clients and potential funders.
3. Increased fund raising
Background Statement
Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. was developed as a project of the Junior League of Sarasoa, Inc. in 1988. As Florida's first Teen Court the organization promoted and directly assisted the implementation of Teen Court into other counties throughout Florida. In 2011 there are now 52 counties with active Teen Courts. In 1996 local staff authored language that resulted in legislation (FSS 938.19) adopted by the Florida Legislature to provide funding for Teen Courts through a county ordinance. In 1996 the Florida Assoc. of Teen Courts, Inc. was also formed with Sarasota County Teen Court Executive Director Katie Self serving as the first President. In 2007 the National Assoc. of Youth Courts was created with Self also serving as the first President.
In 2002, in collaboration with the Sarasota County Sheriffs Office, services for youth with more intensive problems were added when Camp X-RAYD-Examine Reality About Your Decisions was developed.
In-house classed called CO-OP was implemented in 2011 to provide a safe place where young people could learn to resolve issues such as domestic battery, fighting, harassment, bullying rather than turning to drugs or suicide.
A small but mighty staff of four full time employees work with more than 500 at-risk youth and train 200 student volunteers to serve as clerks, bailiffs, jurors and teen attorneys each year.
By keeping 88% of the at-risk youth who complete the agency's intervention services from continuing down a path of crime, it is estimated that the agency saves the community and court system an estimated $1 million annually.  There is no way to put a price on the benefit of the law related education and positive youth development experience that the student volunteers experience.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type
Preventing Delinquency Providing a Path to the Future
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Since the organization’s inception in 1988, Teen Court has been on a mission to identify needs amongst our community’s youth and evolve to serve those needs. Our core service has always been juvenile misdemeanor case diversion, a highly structured program that places importance on accountability and education above punishment. While we serve law enforcement agencies and the courts, our status as a non-profit organization allows us to develop complimentary programs and engage the community.


Remaining a non-profit brings rewards and challenges. The chief reward is the ability to respond swiftly to community needs. When our Executive Director observed an increase in cases related to cyber-bullying, she launched a new counseling program focused on anger management. Small group therapy sessions let our participants share experiences and ask questions they may be afraid to ask in any other format. When our Camp XRAY-D program needed a new obstacle course for its physical training and team building retreat, we reached out to local builders who overwhelmed us with support. I wish each of those volunteers could see a group of Camp XRAY-D participants figure out how to approach the obstacles as a team, for they would see how a few hours spent raising timbers and hammering nails were changing lives.


For those who know Teen Court, the value of our services is unquestionable. But for those unfamiliar with Teen Court, we face a two-fold public perception struggle. The first struggle is that potential donors may assume Teen Court is part of the court system, and therefore funded wholly through government assistance. The second struggle is that donors may be more likely to fund programs that help the “good” kids instead of who they may perceive as the “bad” kids. In reality, Teen Court is as important an opportunity for our young volunteers as it is for our defendants.


There have been many success stories over the years, students who received the kind of guidance or second chance through Teen Court who may have easily failed in the traditional juvenile court system. We have seen many adults, including members of the armed forces, return to thank Teen Court staff for the chance to pursue goals that may have been impossible had they been saddled with criminal records of guilt. And there have been many quiet volunteers who, like me, found their voices in the courtroom as teen attorneys.


As a high school volunteer in 1995, I became passionate about Teen Court. Then it may have been about playing a lawyer in the courtroom or becoming a better speaker. Now, as the Board President looking at the serious needs of Sarasota County youths, my passion is as strong as ever. It is always rewarding to learn about our participants’ success stories, but I am also mindful of the children we sometimes cannot reach. For those children we need to remain responsive and innovative, funding programs they can rely on and staffing those programs with dedicated professionals.


Jesse R. Balaity, President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
When Teen Court was implemented by the Junior League of Sarsota, Inc. in 1988 as Florida's first Teen Court there were many skeptics among the legal community as to whether young people could actually participate in a serious courtroom process that would reduce crime! Taking over the reigns of the floundering program, my committment to the Jr. League was a six month trial period that has lasted almost 22 years. The catalyst for my commitment, as well as that of others in the community who are involved as Board members or adult volunteers, is that, as taxpayers,  the potential savings the services  provide are "priceless".  Keeping at-risk youth from entering into the traditional court system, with adult judges and attorneys volunteering their extensive legal training, it has been proven that substantial monies are saved through the services the agency offers. What I did not realize, but learned quickly, were the benefits to the students who would volunteer during the sentencing hearings which  are supervised by those adult volunteers in a courtroom that commands discipline and respectful demeanor at all times. The value of providing young people the opportunity to become actively engaged in the resolution of a problem in their community while also introduing them to esteem developing activities and law related education is "priceless". Today we have several adult attorneys who we first met when they were minor offenders and one in particular who started a Teen Court in Nassau County, NY while attending law school at Hofsta Law School. Teen Court provides delinquent children the chance to have their charge dismissed which meant they can go on to law school, medical school, the armed forces, or other careers that would otherwise disqualify them due to a criminal charge. Today our services have expanded to include education classes that reduces substance abuse, bullying, and fighting. We are told routinely by parents and, most importantly, the youth themselves, that Teen Court's services saved their life and brought their family back together. With an estimated savings to the court system and county of more than $1 million annually the organization takes tremendous pride in the young people who seize the opportunity to complete the services and go on to become law abiding citizens. Sarasota's Teen Court, replicated into 51 other Florida counties, cited by the U.S. Dept. of Justice as a model intervention and prevention program, is truly a feather in the cap of the community and all the people and funders like Community Foundation of Sarasota and are the reason the organization can continue operating as a non-profit organization.
Camp X-RAYD was developed in 2002 to provide more intensive intervention services for the most at-risk population of juvenile clients served by Teen Court. After implementing in-house drug screens on all clients the staff was astounded by the number of youth referred for simple shoplifting who were also testing positive for drug use. attempting to reduce that situation we talked with the Sarasota Sheriffs office and began meeting with Maj. Kevin Gooding, now retired, who had suffered the loss of his own teenage daughter to a drug overdose. With his input and collaborating with his agency we implemented the new services. While the focus group is primarily youth involved in illegal substance abuse, youth exhibiting other out of control behaviors like domestic battery are also required to complete these additional sanctions
Budget $50,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
Families will be provided tools to improve communication about substance abuse and other challenges facing teenagers
90% of at-risk youth will test drug-free while enrolled in the program
85% of at-risk youth will not re-offend while enrolled in the program
Long Term Success
Substance abuse among teenagers will be reduced below 33%
Substance abuse in families will be impacted
Recidivism (reoffense)/crime rate among at-risk youth will be reduced
Families will improve communication within the family unit
Program Success Monitoring
1. A recidivism study is conducted at the end of three years & five years.
This is accomplished by checking the in-take records on file at the Dept. of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
2. In 2010, at the request of participating families, the services were expanded from four weeks of educational classes to six weeks. Parents and juveniles said they "needed" more and liked the group discussions.
3. Surveys are provided to all successful participants at the end of the 7 months of programs services. The results are overwhelmingly in support of the services.
Program Success Examples
The recidivism studies have presented the fact that the re-offense rate has been reduced from 33% to 20%. Unlike most drug reduction services we review the offenders criminal history five years out after completion of the program services.
These services were implemented in March, 2011 as a pilot project out of growing concerns about bullying, suicide, cyber-bullying and domestic battery. At the time staff was hearing more stories of attempted suicides among our clients we learned that a counselor who we had worked with many years ago was available to facilitate a new group. Armed with a small start-up grant we launched the small group. After one year we are hoping to expand the group from four weeks to six weeks and to include parents and sibling. 
These problems are all impacting the entire family and if we work just with the child we send them back into the same situation.
resources are needed to continue the classes. In 2013 CO-OP was expanded to include a Parenting Group. 
Budget $15,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Victims
Short Term Success
To assist delinquent youth in developing communication skills so they can avoid risky situations that might result in harm to others and/or themselves.
To demonstrate to at-risk youth, through teaching them new ways to communicate, that they can resolve the challenges they face without hitting, using drugs, or thinking that the only solution is suicide. 
Long Term Success
Provide tools for clients referred to Teen Court to deal with challenges rather than turning to fighting, bullying or other anti social tendencies.
In turn, the re-offense rate among this population will be reduced. 
Program Success Monitoring Recidivism studies will show if the juvenile was charged with subsequent crimes
Program Success Examples Still operating as a "pilot" project we are seeing positive results based on the number of youth who choose to continue the classes once their mandatory attendance is satisfied
Program Comments by Organization
The addition of Camp X-RAYD-Examine Reality About Your Decisions has greatly improved our critical intervention services. That said, providing these services "in-house" has increased the case management considerably because the problems that are uncovered in the family dealing with these most at-risk youthful clients are exposed more in depth. One goal of our staff would be to add a part-time "in-house" counselor who could be available immediately when these issues are discovered. The majority of our families are low-income and have no resources for quality care and often do not have transportation to services lie AA or NA . As we see the age dropping for youth who are alcohol or drug involved, we make every attempt to provide services that the families can afford, trust and are easilyaccessible to families
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. M. Kathleen "Katie" Self
CEO Term Start May 1989
CEO/Executive Director Email fatc@verizon.net
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 200
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

12th Judicial Circuit Court Administration:  provide courtrooms for sessions;
Sarasota County:  provides office space
Sarasota County Sheriffs Office: provide deputies for Camp X-RAYD
Sarasota Memorial Hospital:  provide volunteer tours of the ER
Sarasota County Medical Examiners Office: provide tour of morgue

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization
Our By-Laws have been our guiding document for the 23 years the agency has been incorporated and are regularly reviewed. The Board performed an extensive revision in 2010. A Strategic Plan, Communication Plan,  and Policy and Procedure Manual have been prepared and are waiting final Board approval within the next 2-4 months. Because the "team" (staff" and Board have worked so collaboratively and closely for two decades there have been relatively minor policy procedures necessary. That said, part of the Succession Plan to replace the long serving Executive Director is having all of these formal procedures in place. 
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Hunter W. Carroll
Company Affiliation Matthews, Eastmoore, Hardy, Crauwels & Garcia, P.A.
Board Term Oct 2013 to Sept 2014
Board Chair Email hcarroll@matthewseastmoore.com
Board Members
Board Members
Jesse R. Balaity Balaity Property Enhancement, Owner
Lee Byron Michael Saunders & Company-Agent/Broker
Hunter W. Carroll Attorney At Law-Matthews Eastmoore, Hardy, Crauwels & Garcia, P.A.
Evan Duke Classic Creations in Diamonds & Gold, Owner/CEO
Emma J. Joels Attorney At Law
Thomas A. Menchinger Thomas A. Menchinger, CPA, P.A.
Nora Patterson Sarasota County Commissioner
Mary D. Slapp Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
Sean Squires Mary King, P.L
Janey Swift School Teacher-Retired
Kimberly P. Walker Attorney At Law-Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz, & Getzen
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 68
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 95
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization
The Board of Directors of Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. have primarily been an advisory body for the Executive Director throughout her 24 year leadership. As a new agency the entity required legal knowledge to assure the services were following specific needs of youth charged with criminal acts and focused on developing relationships with the judiciary. The first decade was spent establishing credibility among the legal community and working on legislation to provide sustaining funding. Now, as the agency approaches the 25 year mark, the Board is transitioning into more of a fundraising group so that the assurances are in place the organization will thrive for years to come.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2013
Fiscal Year Ends 2014
Projected Revenue $276,400.00
Projected Expenses $298,376.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$136,242$137,405$130,870
Individual Contributions$188,474$102,298$91,609
Investment Income, Net of Losses$32$101$158
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$38,865$15,610$15,297
Revenue In-Kind$269,437$73,400$73,400
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$279,244$224,035$254,262
Administration Expense$26,882$23,663$20,939
Fundraising Expense$23,128$19,326$21,819
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.251.191.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%84%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%8%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$455,393$157,888$117,607
Current Assets$202,837$137,104$112,942
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,668$8,748$18,374
Total Net Assets$442,725$149,140$99,233
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $188,474Government Grants - Unspecified $137,405Government Grants - Local $130,870
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovertnment Grants - Unspecified $136,242Contributions, gifts, grants $102,298Contributions, gifts, grants $91,609
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $38,865Client Fees $43,735Client Fees $49,199
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.0115.676.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our Board is encountering serious concerns that stem from the fact that our primary sustaining revenues generated through the local ordinance fee collection continue to decease. These revenues, prior to the economic downturn, were covering the primary monthly operating expenses and administrative overhead with miscellaneous grants and donations covering other services like our scholarship awards for exemplary student volunteers, refreshments for families and students at the evening session which take place over the dinner hour with some children and parents not being able to eat until 7:30 pm. Tightening our belts has eliminated many of the fringe things that are needed to retain good volunteers. One full time case manager position was eliminated in May, 2012 due to budget constraints. This leaves our office staff of 3 full time employees responsible for managing 450 at-risk youth referrals, organizing fund raising events, writing grants, coordinating substance abuse reduction (Camp X-RAYD) and anti-bullying classes (CO-OP), recruiting and training of 200 student volunteers.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from annual audits. Federal tax returns reconcile with audited financial statements. Audited financial statements for 2013 and 2014 were not available at time of review.  Accordingly, financial information for 2013 and 2014 was taken solely from the Federal tax returns.
Nonprofit Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc
Address PO Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Primary Phone 941 861-8460 8467