Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc

Sarasota, FL   |
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Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc

EIN: 65-0108304


Teen Court gives at-risk youth a second chance at a bright future through peer mentorship, meaningful consequences and civic engagement.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mrs. Heather Lee Todd

Main address

101 South Washington Blvd 3rd Floor

Sarasota, FL 34236 USA

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Subject area info

Crime prevention


Youth services

Civics for youth

Community service for youth

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need for teens to have an opportunity to right their wrong and receive a second chance is a priceless gift we, as Teen Court, provide to address the various hurdles teens face under the age of 18.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Risky Behaviors Program

A family-focused group addressing the issues of cyber safety (including sexting and bullying) and emotional response.  
Sexting: Sexting occurs when cell phone users, often teens and "tweens", create and exchange provocative and nude, sexual images of themselves using their cell phone's built-in digital camera.
Bullying: Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.
Emotional Response: The relationship between love and anger, and the behaviors and strategies that follow to get personal needs met.Vaping:  Educate participants and parents with the harmful effects/facts of electronic cigarettes, vaping and other local trends in substance abuse.
The Risky Behaviors Program will allow discussion of the relationship among each of the above concerns as families are currently experiencing one or all of them, or may confront them in the future.

Population(s) Served

This program provides at-risk youth (12-18 years of age), (referred to us from a Civil Citation or school referral) with a 9-hour experience to help them understand that poor choices with drugs or alcohol can cause long term consequences. This is an offsite program that starts and ends at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Fleet Services in Nokomis. Teens participate in team building and physical fitness with law enforcement and then we load them into vans and travel to the Venice Fire Department, the County Morgue, and the Jail Recovery Pod (with lunch). Teens hear first-hand about being incarcerated often for the same types of offenses that have landed them in Teen Court. A former Teen Court Alumni shares her story as a former drug user at Riverview High school who credits Teen Court with saving her life. The day ends back at Fleet Services for a wrap up with the youth’s guardians/parents. A four-week group mental health class is mandatory following this program.

Population(s) Served

Peer Circle is a series of group counseling sessions attended by participants where many topics are addressed that target issues pertinent to adolescence and the challenges young people face. Guest speakers are an important component of Peer Circle.  Participants are introduced to speakers from a cross section of organizations that work with young people in our community. These organizations include but are not limited to: Planned Parenthood, ALSO YOUTH, Dept. of Tobacco, Sarasota County Schools IT (Social Media responsibility), Dept. of Health, Selah Freedom. These speakers are well versed and trained to address the elements of risky behavior and temptations young people face.  Private individuals also serve as guest speakers and represent a diverse background of individual life experiences.  Some may have personally suffered from poor decisions that resulted in tragic situations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Non-Profit of the Year 2022

Sarasota County Chamber

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Youth Courts 2023

Florida Association of Teen Courts 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth programs offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to have the teens we serve stay in school, graduate from High School and begin the next chapter of their lives free of a conviction on their record. Our goal is to provide life learning lessons through mentorship, counseling services and other positive re-direction tools. Our clients/teens give back to the community via community service hours and peer to peer guidance as teen jury members to help others who have made a poor choice.

We offer various opportunities that allow teens to understand that what may have brought them to our door does not define them. We include their parents/guardians along the way with our Risky Behavior program that allows groups of families to share in a safe space. Together they learn how to cope and deal with the pressures of being a teenager today. Our Risky Behaviors class has added a vaping piece to address this local/state/national epidemic. It is not ok to think that vaping replaces cigarettes and that any type of nicotine or smoking is healthy. We think the inclusion of family helps make for a successful outcome. We understand that some of the behaviors youth project may not be handled well at home or that family issues may be causing some of the poor choices.

Our goal will always be to give a young person that chance to make a difference for bettering themselves. We offer private mental health counseling (incl. family) and one Case Manager onsite at every public high school, one day per week, to be available to all teens have someone to be their for them. This prevention model will help meet our goals with regards to guiding families for future success. Since our model takes approximately three months to complete, we have time to dig deep into why the young person made a poor choice. It may be because they are suffering from grief or a loss, or because they feel they had no other choice. This happens to teens when they feel they do not have the support or skills necessary to overcome a situation (petty theft-cannot afford clothing, or smoking marijuana-parents are also smoking).

We have provided our county with the support system needed to address teenagers in middle school and high school making poor choices. They learn from their mistakes and we arm them with the tools to understand that a job application, college application and military application will include questions like: have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? Have you ever been expelled or been suspended from school? Teens begin to make changes and parents learn how to better guide their children through these rough years. We will continue to evolve as we see the different substances and issues teens are facing. We recently added a Vaping & E-Cig course that includes both the young person and their guardian to help our community battle this epidemic. This science based, one month course (in the evenings) provides an avenue for group discussion and fact based materials that we hope ultimately will change their minds. When they understand the health risks, addiction and future problems vaping/Juuling/smoking will do and that e-cigs do not replace cigarettes, we hope they will stop using them.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
Audit Audit Audit Audit Audit Audit Audit Audit 2022 Lori Moran 2020 Lori Moran 2020
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 31.13 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $32,302 $11,041 $223,369 $107,702 $122,252
As % of expenses 7.9% 2.1% 33.2% 17.2% 16.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $28,439 $8,109 $218,877 $104,060 $117,923
As % of expenses 6.9% 1.5% 32.3% 16.5% 16.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $415,515 $721,394 $751,843 $629,537 $823,964
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.2% 73.6% 4.2% -16.3% 30.9%
Program services revenue 6.3% 1.1% 2.8% 0.7% 1.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 24.4% 24.1% 25.7% 27.3% 26.8%
All other grants and contributions 69.2% 74.6% 71.3% 71.8% 72.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $406,473 $528,961 $672,267 $627,093 $726,843
Total expenses, % change over prior year 28.0% 30.1% 27.1% -6.7% 15.9%
Personnel 67.7% 60.3% 59.9% 61.5% 66.2%
Professional fees 12.1% 20.7% 24.4% 23.2% 5.1%
Occupancy 6.2% 4.8% 3.7% 4.0% 3.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.1% 0.6% 0.4% 2.5% 2.2%
All other expenses 13.8% 13.7% 11.6% 8.8% 23.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $410,336 $531,893 $676,759 $630,735 $731,172
One month of savings $33,873 $44,080 $56,022 $52,258 $60,570
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $3,424 $9,665 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $444,209 $579,397 $742,446 $682,993 $791,742

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.0 8.9 11.4 12.4 12.8
Months of cash and investments 10.0 8.9 11.4 12.4 12.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.5 8.2 10.3 13.0 13.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $337,600 $392,990 $640,492 $647,989 $772,436
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $10,161 $5,975 $9,450 $14,675 $70,339
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $36,043 $39,467 $49,132 $20,877 $24,987
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 83.5% 83.6% 76.3% 47.2% 56.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.0% 6.3% 10.9% 4.2% 6.4%
Unrestricted net assets $360,323 $368,432 $587,309 $691,369 $809,292
Temporarily restricted net assets $116,947 $298,339 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $116,947 $298,339 $154,546 $49,288 $27,425
Total net assets $477,270 $666,771 $741,855 $740,657 $836,717

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mrs. Heather Lee Todd

Heather Todd was the Client Coordinator for the Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc for 16 years before she became the Executive Director in December of 2016. Mrs. Todd graduated from Riverview High School in 1994 and successfully acquired a Bachelors of Social Work Degree from the University of South Florida. For her final internship her senior year of college she was the case manager at Teen Court. When she graduated from USF in 1999 she continued to work at Teen Court, and in 2002 received her Master of Social Work from USF. Heather Todd has served the organization in multiple roles including the Peer Circle Counselor, Camp X-RAYD Counselor, Case Manager, Client Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Grant Writer, LEO In-Service Training Coordinator, Teen Court/ School Liason. Heather Todd has also developed relationships with area Law Enforcement Agencies, students, parents, local leaders and area schools.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Teen Court Of Sarasota Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mrs. Katy McBrayer-Lynch

McBrayer Realty Group

Term: 2021 - 2024

Thomas Menchinger

Thomas A. Menchinger, CPA, P.A.

Kent Hayes

Tandem Construction

John Colon

Financial Advisor

Stefan Campagna


Katy McBrayer-Lynch

McBrayer Realty Grp.

Megan Leaf


Alice White

North Port Rep.

Jill Luke

City Commissioner

Lee Byron

Michael Saunders

Jack Meredith


Tom Ufer

Wealth Management

Brian Woodring


Simone Fletcher


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/11/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.