Val Stratford is the owner and principal agent at Layton, Utah-based Stratford Insurance Group, Inc. An active member of his community, Val Stratford is also the executive director of the Layton Community Action Council, a volunteer non-profit organization aimed at improving Layton. One way the LCAC strives for improvement is through the Youth Council, an arm of the organization designed to get youth involved in bettering their community.
The Layton Youth Council teaches members how to understand government procedure, with kids taking part in an annual day and the state legislature and a statewide conference for Youth Council. The program directly benefits the community, with every member of the youth council having to complete at least 50 hours of service per year. The group’s past activities have included holding a prom for senior citizens, and raising money for the Davis County Domestic Violence Shelter, Safe Harbor.
Members are selected by the existing council after applying and interviewing. The group chooses up to 20 new members every year, consisting entirely of Layton City youth in grades eight through 12.
For more information on the Layton Community Action Council and the Layton Youth Council, visit www.laytoncac.org.
Award winning insurance professional Val Stratford is the owner and principal agent of Stratford Insurance Group in Layton, Utah. In addition to this work, Val Stratford has served on several community boards and participated in charitable organizations, including as executive director of the Layton Community Action Council, a position he has held since 1999.
The Layton Community Action Council is a volunteer based nonprofit organization that supports the Layton community. The organization especially focuses its efforts on helping youth, and one of their major projects is the Layton Youth Court.
Founded in 1998, the Layton Youth Court provides an alternative to traditional juvenile criminal justice that can help divert minor, nonviolent infractions like truancy away from the real juvenile court and help prevent individuals from getting a permanent juvenile court record. The program trains high school age people to take on the roles of judges, clerks, and bailiffs, so youth offenders can be put on trial by their peers. These courts do not determine guilt, but do hold juvenile offenders accountable for their actions by providing real consequences that are also supportive of the person on trial. Common consequences include community service, peer counseling, and classes that can help provide the young person with better life skills.
Individuals between the ages of 10 and 17 are eligible for the voluntary youth court. They are not eligible, however, if they have appeared in the youth court within the last 12 months, or if they already have a juvenile court record. To date, the court has seen 1,652 cases and has averaged an 86 percent completion rate.