News Release Header
For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2012
Media Contact:
Marta Martinez-Aleman


Vice Chairwoman Edmonson participates in annual teen court conference addressing violence in the community

Left to right, John E. Dixon, Executive Director of Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, Shaun Sheppard, a visitor during Bring Your Child to Work Day and guest of Reverend Dr. Walter T. Richardson, member of MDEAT. (Photo by Akeem Brutus/Miami-Dade County)

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson greeted participants of the 5th Annual Teen Court Youth Speaking Out Against Violence Conference: Developing Change held May 3, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Avenue, in Miami.  Sponsored by Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), the conference is part of the ongoing mission of Miami-Dade County Teen Court (M-DCTC), a peer sanctioning program for youth to address Face-To-Face the rise of violence in our neighborhoods, schools, and the community as a whole.  Along with speakers and workshops, the message is targeted to address the issues surrounding violence, the future of our youth, and document the voices of participants as they express their concerns. 

More than 200 students from the following Senior High Schools will attend the conference: Booker T. Washington, Dr. Michael Krop, Homestead, Miami Carol City, Miami Central, Miami Norland, Miami Southridge, North Miami, Miami Northwestern and South Dade. Additional participants included Madison, Miami Edison, and Nautilus Middle Schools. This experience helps students to improve their decision making skills and guide them to positive behavior.  For more information, please visit