Meet the teenagers of the Newark Youth Court. These young people fill the roles of judge, bailiff, advocates, and jurors, hearing low-level cases involving their peers. The sentences are always restorative, meant to provide a positive experience for the respondent and avoid a criminal record.
The Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students (SHADES) program is a teen court focusing on bullying and bias incidents. The program is run as a partnership of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Department of Probation, and the Museum of Tolerance. In this episode of New Thinking, David S. Wesley, presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and Camilo Cruz, director of community relations for the Los Angeles Superior Court, discuss the unique features of the SHADES program.
This resource helps existing youth courts document, standardize, and maintain the high quality of their programs and helps planners of new youth courts develop all of the policies and procedures necessary for a successful program.
A complete curriculum for training young people to serve on a youth court. The curriculum includes over 23 classroom hours, broken into 50-minute lesson plans. Download includes introductory information and a sample lesson plan; contact us for the complete curriculum.
A comprehensive framework for starting a school- or community-based youth court from scratch. The guide provides an overview of the youth court model and prompts planners to consider, examine, and decide on all elements of a youth court’s operation, from staffing to referrals to sanctions.
Listen to high school staff and administrators at the Center's Youth Courts in Schools: A Peer-Based Approach to Discipline symposium discuss how introducing a school-based youth court affected their institutions. The discussion includes information about getting a youth court up and running, the challenges associated with operating a youth court, and the benefits of youth courts for participants, respondents, and the larger school community.