St. Louis (KSDK) - A local Juvenile Court judge has been selected by People magazine as a finalist for the 2011 People Readers' Choice Hero campaign.
Judge Jimmie Edwards will be featured in the October 3 issue, which will be available on newsstands September 23.
Judge Edwards took action after a string of teen offenders came through his courtroom in 2009.
Edwards, with 45 community partners, took over an abandoned school and created the Innovative Concept Academy.
The Academy provides strict discipline, counseling, and activities such as chess, music, and creative writing. Many young lives have changed for the better because of the program, and graduated from high school.
To vote for Judge Edwards, click here.
Voting ends October 13, 2011.
The winner will receive $10,000 to use for his or her charitable cause.