YOUTH JUSTICE COURT GOAL: to provide an alternative response to youth crime in the community
Learning the foundations of the criminal justice system encourages youth to develop a greater sense of civic responsibility.
WHAT IS YOUTH JUSTICE COURT?
Youth Justice Court (YJC) is a court run by young adults in the community. Members are empowered to help their community while learning about the law.
YJC is a training program preparing all members to advocate within the Youth Court model. Once training is completed, cases come to YJC and members will learn how to prepare a case for trial. YJC holds a hearing to investigate the circumstances and determine what sanction is necessary. Sanctions range from: writing an apology letter, community service at a designated location, or counselling sessions with a QLA social worker.
WHO CAN GET INVOLVED?
Any high school or middle school student that is interested.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Simply contact our Director of Special Projects, Kirlyn Joseph, Esq., at 718-261-3047 ext. 536, OR you may complete the forms below and a QLA Youth Court representative will contact you.
Lori Zeno, Esq.
Kirlyn Joseph, Esq., ext. 536
Angela Giannopoulos, ext. 602
Youth Court Coordinator
Angela Williams, ext. 620
Queens Library Community Liaison
Zoe Zeno, ext.618