Youth courts are juvenile justice diversion programs in which young people are sentenced by their peers. Street Law, Inc. developed lessons for youth courts to use when training youth volunteers or for use as a sentencing option for youthful offenders.
The lessons are student-centered, interactive, and deal with topics for which young people frequently are arrested and referred to youth courts. The lessons help young people understand their rights and responsibilities, as well as the impact of their actions on their victims, their communities, and themselves. Through the lessons, young people build and practice skills they need to make appropriate decisions and to contribute positively in their communities.
This curriculum was developed with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Youth Court Center.