New CAYA volunteers ready to help local youths involved in court system

From left: Judge Thomas Alevizos, Maggie Fritzen, Mike Bohacek, Magistrate Jon Forker, Dave Pawson, Jeannie Martin. (Not pictured:  Keiren O’Kelly)

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LaPorte County Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos, accompanied by Juvenile Magistrate Jonathan Forker, swore in the newest group of Court Appointed Youth Advocate (CAYA) volunteers recently.

The advocates will support struggling youths who are involved in the juvenile justice system by promoting education, employment, positive peer relationships, life skills, and other short-term goals. So far this year, CAYA advocates have invested over 700 hours impacting 30 youths involved in the program.

Five volunteers received comprehensive training of the system as well as engaged in the process by observing court. Ongoing workshops and resource collaboration will provide additional tools to assist volunteers in making a difference in the life of a child or youth.

Please consider becoming a hero to help children and youths who are appointed to both CASA and CAYA programs. For more information, visit or call 219.324.3385.

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