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Youth Court Initiatives

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 1999, $399,999)

Project Summary for 1999-JI-VX-K001 (S-4)

Youth court, also called teen court, is a rapidly expanding voluntary alternative to the juvenile justice system for young people who have committed a crime or an offense. The goal of youth court is to intervene in early anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior, and to reduce the incidence and prevent the escalation of such behavior. Youth court strives to promote feelings of self esteem and a desire for self improvement, and to foster a healthy attitude toward rules and authority. Youth court also offers volunteer civic opportunities for young people who seek to become volunteer members of the court.


Date Created: February 15, 1999