Okay Network faithful, if you live in New York City, get on this one. If not, why not model it in your community?
Founded in 2004, the Youth Justice Board is an after-school program that brings together young people to study and propose solutions to the public safety challenges that most affect them. Board members serve as a credible voice for youth in the public debate about juvenile justice policy in New York City, providing decision-makers with substantive input from this historically underrepresented group. Each program cycle, a team of 15 to 20 New York City teenagers studies an important issue affecting young people in the city. During the 2012-2014 program cycle, the Youth Justice Board will be focusing on the issue of truancy as it affects New York City young people.
Juvenile justice and public safety issues that members of the Youth Justice Board have addressed previously include:
- Reducing youth crime across New York City, using the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn as a case study (2010-2012);
- Improving New York City’s juvenile alternative-to-detention programs, and helping young people involved in the juvenile justice system (2008-2010);
- Issues faced by youth involved in the permanency planning division of New York City Family Court (2006-2008);
- Safety problems in New York City high schools (2005-2006); and
- The challenges for youth returning home from confinement for juvenile delinquency offenses (2004-2005).
Participants present their recommendations to key policymakers and then partner with local stakeholders to implement their ideas and make a lasting impact on local policies. Members of the Board participate in intensive training in research and critical thinking, developing skills and gaining leadership experience along the way.
- The 2013-2014 Youth Justice Board will work to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism in New York City. In June 2013, the Youth Justice Board will publish recommendations about how to to improve teens’ school attendance. Members of the 2013-14 Youth Justice Board will use these recommendations as a starting point to make positive, lasting changes that will help young people across the city.
- Am I Eligible? The Youth Justice Board is a school-year long program open to 14 – 18 year olds in New York City. All members must be able to attend meetings every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4:30 – 6:30 beginning August 27. There is also an overnight retreat September 6-7.
- Ready to Apply? Click here to complete an application.
- Application Tips: The application takes approximately 1 hour to complete. We encourage you to review application before you begin. Please note that you will not be able to save an incomplete application.
- Want to learn more? Watch a video about the Youth Justice Board made by Columbia Teachers College’s Education Lab
Good stuff here. Check out the details on the Center for Court Innovation website and figure out how you can make it happen where you live.