16-year-old girl sentenced to Youth Challenge
A 16-year-old girl on probation from two assaults is getting one more chance to straighten out.
The teen appeared handcuffed in Youth Court on Dec. 18, having been placed in a juvenile detention facility in Billings on Dec. 16 and held on a $5,000 bond for violating several probation conditions.
Those violations included being suspended from school, moving without telling her probation officer and violating her 8 p.m. curfew “by being out at the Chrome on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1:01 a.m. and was involved in a disturbance wherein law enforcement was contacted for intervention, according to court documents.
At the recommendation of Youth Probation Officer Lindsey Fox, the girl will enroll in the Montana Youth Challenge program (MYC) in Dillon in mid-January.
On the recommendation of Fox, Youth Court Judge Blair Jones allowed the girl to be released from detention and live with her aunt until leaving for MYC. Jones also offered some advice regarding her time before she leaves, saying “use it wisely.”
Jones also told the girl to get “everything you can out of” the MYC.
About the montana youth challenge academy
The Montana Youth Challenge (MYC) began in 1999 and is designed for at-risk juveniles. The goal is to help kids develop the skills and abilities needed to become responsible, productive citizens. That is done through a highly structured, quasi-military environment that focuses on physical, emotional and educational needs.
To date there have been 2,298 graduates of the program. The program is open to juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 who have no felony records, are not on probation and can pass the physical exam. It is sponsored by the National Guard and the state, which pay for the program. It is one of 35 Youth Challenge programs in 27 states. The program spans more than a year and is broken down into four phases.
Last summer the girl was put on probation for one year, ordered to undergo an anger management evaluation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after admitting to two misdemeanor counts of assault committed in 2013. Those assaults involved the girl pushing two different victims into lockers following verbal altercations.