Sunnyside School Court is a collaboration between Bauer Family Resources, Sunnyside Intermediate School, and Oakland High School. The program is designed to serve as an immediate sanction for youth’s school behavior while providing asset building activities. The program’s goal is to divert students from more punitive sanctions including in school and out of school suspension, and expulsion.
The program integrates components of the 40 Developmental Assets in order to strengthen youth’s relationship with the school (Asset #24) by setting clear and consistent school boundaries (Asset #12), providing youth an opportunity to take responsibility for their behavior (Asset #30), as well an opportunity to give back to their community (Asset #9) and develop resistance skills (Asset #35). The program further empowers Oakland High School students to serve as resources in their community (Asset #8), promotes a positive relationship with their school (Asset #24) and a positive self identity (Asset #38).