|Program type||Year Round, Summer, After School|
|Deadline||March 23, 2017|
Harlem Youth Court
The goal of the Harlem Youth Court is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses restore harm done to the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system.
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.