Consequence Alternative Sanctions Unit
Seminole County youth violating the terms of their probation or conditional release may be ordered by the Court or a juvenile probation officer to attend the Consequence Alternative Sanctions Unit. Youth may receive up to five days for their first offense and up to 15 days for every offense thereafter. Each day, youth in the Consequence Alternative Sanctions Unit receive 7 ½ hours of traditional education and life skills training in a classroom and then perform 4 ½ hours of supervised, meaningful, labor-intensive community service within the communities of Seminole County. While it is unrealistic to expect that youth will receive a life altering experience after one visit and will never get in trouble again, the Consequence Alternative Sanctions Unit offers the Court and juvenile probation officers an avenue of intervention that has not previously been available.
Graffiti Abatement is a proactive approach to maintaining and improving the quality of life throughout Seminole County. Citizens and law enforcement may report graffiti to the Graffiti Abatement Hotline at (407) 708-7650. Juveniles from the Consequence Alternative Sanctions Unit or Project S.W.E.A.T. are dispatched to the location to remove the graffiti as soon as possible. The program helps maintain the image of neighborhoods, builds community pride, and sends a message that such defacement will not be tolerated.
Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy
The Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy provides a spectrum of services to youth on conditional release who are returning to the community from a residential commitment program, or youth on probation who have been suspended or expelled from school. The Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy seeks to ensure public safety by removing high-risk youth from schools and the streets , providing youth with a sense of accountability and developing competency skills within youth to allow them to control anger and make sound decisions. Services include traditional education in a classroom, life skills development, and on-site mental health assessments and counseling.
Youth returning from residential commitment programs complete an average of 90 days in the Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy, depending upon youth performance and goals. The staff and youth, working closely with the youth’s juvenile probation officers, develop individualized plans. The youth must demonstrate an overall positive performance at school and home before being allowed to leave. Youth may transition to an alternative school, a zone school, or a G.E.D. program depending on the youth’s circumstances. Any youth on probation or conditional release in Seminole County, who is suspended or expelled from school, is required to attend the Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy for the duration of the suspension or expulsion.
Midway Safe Harbor
The Midway Safe Harbor is a cooperative partnership between Boys and Girls Clubs, Seminole County Public Schools and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. This program provides a safe, after school location for students where they can participate in both educational and recreational programs instead of being exposed to the negative influences of the street while their parents are at work. A variety of evening and weekend programming is in place for youth between kindergarten and 12th grade. Programs for senior citizens, as well as adult enrichment/education, are also offered at the Center.
Project S.W.E.A.T. (Sheriff’s Work Ethics and Training)
Project S.W.E.A.T. ( is an initiative to provide meaningful, supervised community service opportunities to Seminole County youth on probation and conditional release. This serves to increase the level of accountability experienced by the youth and reinforces the intention of the Court. Youth Specialists from the Consequence Alternative Sanctions Unit supervise the implementation of the program. Youth are court ordered to complete a certain number of hours in Project S.W.E.A.T. Additionally, youth may be given additional hours to complete outside of Project S.W.E.A.T. If a youth fails to complete those hours, the juvenile probation officer or the Court may order the youth to complete all of their community service hours in Project S.W.E.A.T. This provides the Court alternatives and latitude in the application of restorative justice.
Prosecution Alternatives for Youth (P.A.Y.)
Prosecution Alternatives for Youth (P.A.Y.) consists of Teen Court, J.A.S.P., the Juvenile Alternative Services Program. These programs exist as alternatives to formal court proceedings for delinquent juveniles. We promote accountability to the victim and the community, through activities such as restitution and community service work. We also provide opportunities for personal improvement, such as classes, counseling, and work skills.
Seminole County Police Athletic League
Seminole County PAL is a not-for-profit 501(c3) organization that focuses on providing safe recreational activities for youth while building positive relationships between youth and law enforcement. Programs include youth basketball, youth boxing, spring and summer break camps, cadet and explorer programs, at risk youth mentorship programs.
Seminole Truancy Alternatives for Youth (STAY) Center
Our STAY Center is a place where the youth are supervised and can interact with juveniles in a non-secure environment. Our staff provides screening, intake and referral services to youth who are truant and presented to the STAY Center. As resources permit we provide the same services to you who are not presented but are connected with the Truancy Coordinator who learns have excessive school absences, or youth who have been referred by a public school within Seminole County due to truancy. We coordinate with parents and school officials on corrective action plans for each youth as well as make contact with youth, family members, school personnel and collateral community members as applicable to ensure public safety is served as well as identifying appropriate needs and resources for the student.
The Sheriff’s Office offers an exciting and interactive week-long Youth Academy designed to educate youth in our community about current safety challenges, and provide them with an inside look at the programs, training, and technology used by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. There are no physical requirements and it’s a free course taught by members of the Sheriff’s Office leadership team, deputy sheriffs, investigators, and other agency staff. The Academy is offered for educational purposes only and does not provide any certification. Youth who will be entering grade 6, 7 or 8 in the fall of 2016 and are between 11 and 13 years of age are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also reside in Seminole County or attend school (or be home schooled) in Seminole County. In order to be accepted, youth may not have a criminal record. Learn more about the Youth Academy and how to register here.
Youth Intervention Services – Community Interventions
Our Transitional Specialists provide prevention and enforcement related services for the at-risk youth population of Seminole County. They deliver one or more core services, specifically mentoring services and/or educational services, including vocational and transportation services to youth in need. Our staff helps the youth and their families obtain valuable documents like birth certificates, social security cards, ID cards and driver’s licenses. In addition, one of the Specialist is certified by the Department of Children and Families to help families that may need assistance with their Medicaid applications. We ensure referred youths receive the most appropriate services to effectively and efficiently serve them within the community.