One of the biggest targets for Teen Court is truancy, Tracy said. Our students learn how to look at facts, ask questions and ultimately make difficult decisions, but helping their peers at the same time. Section membership is based on the bylaws of each Section. In Youth Court I teach kids not only the Youth Court process and how to hold hearings but I teacher them life lessons. Rather than ignoring the problems of its hometown, [Widener] has found a way to become a positive part of its community…. Being a first generation immigrant, Marek brings a lot of diversity and understanding to the teen court process.
Whereas the Pennsylvania Bar Association supports efforts to educate our youth about the legal system and citizen rights and responsibilities;. It is not everyday a young African American female can shadow lawyers, perform mock hearing in front of professors, Federal Judges, District Attorneys, and most importantly find their passion for law. Additional Information and Publications. I truly believe in the merit and have seen the positive impact of Teen Courts and support any and all legislation to expand their influence in our schools. Expand Navigation Section Employers. This situation is a catalyst for further bad behavior and involvement with the juvenile justice system. I testified at that time that I would ensure that philanthropy would do its part to support youth courts.
Role of Youth Courts in Juvenile Justice Policy Hearing Written Testimony - Senator Lisa Boscola
Youth Courts allow students to learn about the judicial system in a non-threatening and empowering environment, while at the same time providing students with restorative justice from their peers as opposed to punishment from the juvenile justice system. Teen Court is a diversion program operated through the City Court of Rochester for young adults who have committed first-time, non-violent crimes. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht and Duquesne Law Professor Tracey McCants Lewis observed a youth court demonstration and spoke passionately to the students and adults gathered in the Supreme Court court room about service and the pursuit of justice. Students also learned a great deal about responsibility. As a law student, you spend countless hours in the classroom and library writing papers and analyzing case law. Youth court is a youth development tool providing students with socialization, academic, and civic engagement benefits.
Teens also participate by serving on the Teen Court jury that sentences the offender. It works to reduce conflicts and violence in Pennsylvania elementary schools by teaching children how to discuss and mediate their disagreements peacefully. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. Grant Senior High school and thanks to that opportunity, she discovered her love of law and the judicial process. Over the past four years I have both supported youth courts myself, and successfully encouraged other private funders to support youth courts. Many learned the joy and benefits of real learning, to ask questions and to simply question why, to create a dialogue and to seek answers on their own. Our kids are faced every day with decisions that they are not prepared to handle.