ADVOCATING FOR THE TRUANT CHILD
3.75 CLE hours, including 1 Hour of Professionalism
About the Program:
The Truancy Intervention Project was developed and organized in late 1991 by co-founders Judge Glenda Hatchett and Alston & Bird LLP partner Terry Walsh in response to the recurring factor of truancy among children who appeared in Juvenile Court. The Juvenile Court observed that truancy was an early warning sign for these children.
As a partnership between the Fulton County Juvenile Court, Fulton County School System, Atlanta Public Schools, TIP, and the Atlanta Bar Foundation, the Project provides volunteer attorney and non-attorney partners to children who are involved with the juvenile court system due to excessive absences from school. The Truancy Intervention Project also has an early intervention initiative, which partners volunteers with children and families to intervene at the school level, before a juvenile court referral becomes necessary.
The main objective of the Project is to provide early, positive intervention when children are noted for excessive school absences. The Project's real hope is that once the reasons for the absences can be determined and resolved, and the child returns to school, then perhaps the child's life can be redirected to a more positive and constructive future.
Why You Need to Attend:
Did you know that missing just 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year? Chronic absenteeism is strongly linked to academic course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school? (attendanceworks.org).
The Truancy Intervention Project or “TIP” strives to decrease chronic absenteeism by pairing trained volunteers with children and their families to provide them with the advocacy necessary to ensure good attendance and success in school.
TIP provides resources and intervention services to children who are chronically absent from school and, as a result, either become involved with the local juvenile court or are referred for early intervention at the school level.
Since its inception in 1991, TIP has served roughly 400 at-risk children each year and touts an impressive 85% success rate. More than 2,000 trained volunteers throughout the state, both attorneys and non-attorneys have given their time and talent to help these children. Every school day counts, and everyone can make a difference. Join us!
• Truancy’s impact of Atlanta’s Community
• Cultural Implication of Truancy
• TIP Process
• Role of the TIP Volunteer
• Opportunities for Advocating with the Juvenile Child
• Mock Hearing
Moderator: Jessica Pennington, TIP GA, Executive Director
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM - Welcome
Jessica Pennington, TIP GA, Executive Director
8:10 AM - 8:40 AM - Truancy’s Impact on Atlanta’s Community
Shadonna Davis, TIP GA, Early Intervention Coordinator
8:40 AM - 9:30 AM - TIP Process
Caren Cloud, TIP GA, Legal Director
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM - Role of the TIP Volunteer
Mary Alexander Myers, TIP GA, Volunteer
Josh Swiger, TIP GA, Volunteer
Tonya Malone, Atlanta Public Schools, Homeless Liaison
Adrian Wright, TIP GA, Volunteer Coordinator
10:15 AM -10:30 BREAK
10:30 AM -11:00 AM - Opportunities for Advocating with Juvenile Court Worker
Rachel Johnson, Atlanta Public Schools, Social
11:00 AM -12:00 PM - Mock Hearing: “Almost the Real Thing”
TIP Staff and Volunteers
Atlanta Bar Member: $50
Law students: Members $25/Non-Members $35
Non-Members must register via the registration form.
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