2007-06-01 / Community

F.R.Youth Court Holds First Induction Ceremony

Youth Court members pose for a photo after the induction ceremonies. Youth Court members pose for a photo after the induction ceremonies. More than 60 local teens, family members and other community leaders attended the Far Rockaway Youth Court's first Member Induction Ceremony on May 10.

The event, which took place at the New York City Housing Authority's Ocean Bay Community Center, celebrated 22 local youths' completion of the intensive Youth Court training.

After participation in the course (which local law professionals assist in facilitating) and passing the Youth Court's "Bar Exam", the members commit to six months of service on the Youth Court. Members will receive a $50 monthly stipend for their contributions. Far Rockaway Youth Court hearings will be held at the Goldie Maple Academy and the Ocean Bay Community Center.

The Far Rockaway Youth Court is a teen led program whose goal is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that local youth receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system.

The members hear real cases referred to the Far Rockaway Youth Court by the 100 and 101 Precincts. To resolve the cases, members will determine appropriate and fair sanctions, including community service, conflict resolution and goal setting workshops, and written assignments.

On the first day of hearings, everyone in the courtroom, including staff and youth court members takes an oath of confidentiality. On the first day of hearings, everyone in the courtroom, including staff and youth court members takes an oath of confidentiality. The Far Rockaway Youth Court is a project of the Center for Court Innovation and is supported by a grant from the Office of Justice Programs Community Capacity Development Office through the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

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