Project Youth Court is a unique way for high school students to get involved with real cases involving teenagers who have admitted responsibility for misdemeanor offenses. Instead of focusing on punishment, youth court volunteers are responsible for listening to the full story of what happened and coming up with a sentence that tries to repair the harm done by the incident. Every restorative contract is designed with the goal of accepting responsibility and repairing harm to the victims, the community, and the offenders themselves.
From serving on a jury to speaking as a youth attorney, there is a position that fits all everyone’s skills and interests. All high school volunteers will be trained by a professional attorney and will have access to older mentors who have gone through our program. Throughout the year, our high school volunteers are also offered extra opportunities, like free advice on resumes from college students and trips to see real cases in federal court. It’s also a great opportunity to meet students from other schools throughout the city, and looks very impressive on a resume or college application.
Once you’re ready to commit to our program, head over to the Volunteer Application tab and fill out a quick application. We’ll be in touch shortly. If you have any questions, feel free to email our Interim Executive Director Jane Michaud at email@example.com. She’ll be happy to help you get started. Hope to see you soon!