New Member Training

For additional information, please contact Bethlehem Youth Court
Director, Katrina Charland:
  • Email: byc@townofbethlehem.org
  • Phone: (518) 439-4955 x1143
  • Fax: (518) 439-2144
  • Mail: 261 Elm Ave. Delmar, NY 12054
Want to become a volunteer member?
Important things to consider when thinking about joining
Bethlehem Youth Court as a trained member:
  • We ask that you commit to volunteering for at least 1 year
    once you've completed the training.
  • You will learn how to participate in Youth Court hearings in
    the roles of: Judge, jury foreperson, defense
    attorney/defense advocate, prosecutor/community
    advocate, clerk, and victim advocate.
  • You do not need to be good at public speaking to join youth court, but
    you do need to be willing to get up and speak in front of your peers.
  • Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory.
  • Only 1 excused absence (equivalent to 2 hours) will be allowed.
  • Perfect attendance awards will be given at the graduation ceremony.
  • After you've graduated from the training, you'll be added to
    the regular Youth Court schedule.
  • Youth Court hearings are held on Thursday evenings.
  • Availability and dependability are incredibly important.
  • You will be part of a team, and your teammates will depend on you,
    so being available for your scheduled hearings is crucial.
  • You must have an active email account that you check
    regularly.
Youth Court Members (left to right): Ethan Royka,
Jonathan Caldwell and Sarah Cohen
Training classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at Bethlehem
Town Hall, room 101, from 6:00-8:00pm with one Saturday session to be
held in the courtroom. A full detailed schedule will be provided the first
night of class and will be emailed to those signed up.
Spring 2019 training dates:
March 20th
March 27th
April 3rd
April 10th
April 17th
(NO CLASS April 24th for spring break)
May 1st
Saturday May 4th 9:00am-2:00pm Mock Trial Practice Day
May 8th
Induction Ceremony: Tuesday, May 14th, 7:00pm at Bethlehem Town
Hall Auditorium