LA MIRADA – Typically, when La Mirada High School students come together in the annual Youth in Government program, they often propose a new city program of some kind. But not this year. This group of 19 youngsters – five of whom were elected as “mock” council members and the other 14 who were staff – decided to look inward and proposed two programs dealing with their own school. They proposed expansion of teen counseling and a new teen court program. The teen court would provide another avenue for disciplinary intervention by having student offenders “sentenced” by their peers. “We wanted to have some kind of program that would target at-risk youth to bring them up to our level,” said junior Sonal Singh, who played the role of city manager. The latter would range from one-hour detention to up to 40 hours of community service. The students also recommended increasing awareness of the services of Straight Talk, a counseling organization, by having representatives on campus more often and publicizing it more. This year’s ideas of a teen court and expanded teen counseling were supported by city and school officials. “They have great possibilities,” said La Mirada High School principal Don Jones, who added that he thought both were quite possible. “These are great programs,” said Mayor Pete Dames said. “I only hope we see these programs before us and the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Singh said teen court would allow some student offenders to be questioned, judged and sentenced by a jury of their peers. She said the goal was to create links between students, teachers and parents, as well as offenders. It would be a “collaborative effort to reduce youth crime and disobedience and encourage offenders to accept responsibility for their action,” she said. Students would be referred to the teen court for minor problems, but not for drugs or weapons violations, Singh said. Student jurors would listen to a student prosecutor and student defense attorney and then, by majority vote, would recommend a sentence.
New Delhi, May 26 (PTI) Young India goalkeeper Akash Chikte is confident of doing well against worlds best sides having dished out some creditable performances since his international debut last year at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Chikte, who had travelled to Kuantan for the Asian Champions Trophy last year as a reserve goalkeeper, had to step up for an injured PR Sreejesh. He played a crucial role in Indias 2-1 win over the hosts Malaysia. India subsequently won the final 3-2 against defending champions Pakistan and Chikte stood up to the pressure of facing the arch-rivals. “It is this exposure over the past year that has helped me a lot. I look forward to good show against the worlds best teams,” said Chikte. At this years Sultan Azlan Shah Cup also Chikte faced a similar situation after Sreejesh was ruled out of the tournament due to an injury, which he sustained while playing against Australia. The team returned from Malaysia with a bronze medal. Chikte feels he is a far better goalkeeper today than a year back. “After my first tournament for India I knew there was a lot I needed to work on starting from improving my confidence level. I had never been in any junior India camp before. I got to play the senior level directly and I knew I was lacking in basics,” said Chikte after a gruelling net session at the on- going national camp in Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru. The 24-year-old from Pune is all set to take part in the forthcoming 3 Nations Tournament in Dusseldorf, Germany and Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final (Men) in London, where India are grouped with Canada, Scotland, Netherlands and Pakistan. While all the pool stage matches will to be high voltage encounters, there will be tremendous pressure when India take on Pakistan in their third pool match on June 18. “We will look at this as any other match, vying for the three points to advance in the tournament. I have played twice against Pakistan (2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Asian Champions Trophy) and we ended up winning both the matches, so I have a lot of confidence from these matches. I believe it will be a learning experience for me,” he said. A constant name in the goalkeepers list for India camp, Chikte used the chance to learn from Bharat Chetri and Indias ace goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. “I have learnt a lot under them. I used to watch Sreejesh when the national team used to train at Balewadi Stadium, Pune. His reflexes were excellent. I was inspired by him and he has helped me a lot since my first camp. “Working under Sreejesh and Bharat has been a big advantage for me. My focus at every session now is on stopping penalty corners,” Chikte said. PTI CM CMadvertisement