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February 15, 2011 > Volunteers sought for program for troubled teens

Volunteers sought for program for troubled teens

Submitted By Sharon Hollis

The new Tri-Cities Youth Court serving Fremont, Newark, Union City is seeking youth and adult volunteers, training will be provided for all positions. Tri-Cities Youth Court (TCYC) helps teens who are arrested by providing them the opportunity to participate in a Juvenile Diversion Program as a positive alternative to going through the court process. The objective of the program is to help prevent troubled teens from continued involvement in illegal behavior and help turn their life around.

Community Youth Courts offer diversion programs to middle and high school teens who have been arrested for misdemeanor or lesser crimes in the Southern Contra Costa County, Tri-Cities, and Tri Valley areas of Alameda County.

Youth Courts are entirely voluntary and address the early stages of juvenile delinquency by bringing teenage offenders before a jury of their peers. Sentencing includes constructive sanctions such as community service, jury duty, Life Choices class, apologies and/or restitution using restorative justice principles. Emphasis is placed on maintaining respectful treatment of offenders and victims. Participating youth learn about making responsible choices and accepting the consequences for their actions. Recidivism rates are very low, so there is less crime and less money lost in having to process the youth offenders through the juvenile court system. Successful completion of the program means that the offender will have no criminal record.

Those interested may contact Sharon Hollis, Program Director for a volunteer application at sharonhollis@communityyouthcourts.com or call (510) 828-6633. If volunteers have a Community Service requirement at their schools, this provides an excellent opportunity. For details please visit www.communityyouthcourts.com.

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