How to join
Youth court members:
- Hear real-life cases for youths who have committed minor offenses
- Serve their communities by helping other teens
- Learn about the justice system, public speaking skills and how to be a leader
- Build their resumes and college applications
- Can earn community service hours for their participation
- Can earn a stipend for active participation
In addition to serving on the youth court, Harlem Youth Court members participate in a wide range of group activities, such as field trips to local courthouses, fund-raising events, community service projects and social activities like bowling. Our youth court members are youth between the ages of 14-19 who live in New York City and have a deep passion for improving their communities. This year, our members represent four boroughs, but most of them come from the Harlem area. Our latest group was chosen from over 180 applicants. Amongst our current group of members we have talented writers, singers, dancers, aspiring lawyers, judges, and future leaders.
All Harlem Youth Court members first go through a two-month training program in which they learn about the justice system, how youth court works, and how to serve as judge, advocate, bailiff and jury. Most important, they learn how to work together as a team. Every youth who successfully completes the training program can become a full member of the Harlem Youth Court.
NEXT DEADLINE TO APPLY: We accept applications on a rolling basis year-round. If you want your application to be considered for the 2015-2016 cohort, please submit your application by March 23, 2017. If you would like to explore other opportunities to get involved with the youth court, please send us an email at HYC@courtinnovation.org.
To apply, you must be 14-18 years old by September 1, 2017 and still in high school. If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent or guardians permission to join. Trainings and youth court sessions are held at 170 E 121st Street, New York, NY 10035. The next training will take place during the summer. The dates have not yet been finalized.
Click here to download the 2015-2016 Harlem Youth Court application. You can mail your completed application to the address above or fax it to (212) 828-7416; Attn: Harlem Youth Court.
Online: Click here to complete the application online
By Email: Email HYC@courtinnovation.org to request an application by email.
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