The Power of Positive Peer Pressure

Serving our community in multiple ways:

Bethlehem Youth Court has been in continuous operation since hearing its first case
in 1996 under the umbrella organization, Youth Courts of the Capital District
. The
benefits of Bethlehem Youth Court are far reaching.
The program not only serve
youthful offenders in our community, but
it also provides a valuable volunteer
opportunity for the student
youth court members and is responsible for the oversight
of
hundreds of community service hours each year.

Volunteers:
Jurors - Students Grades 8-12
Trained Members - Students Grades 9-12
Adult Volunteers and Attorney Mentors
Who is Youth Court for?

Youth Court is an alternative to criminal and family court for young offenders ages
10-19 who have committed a first-time, low-level offense or crime in the Town of
Bethlehem. This voluntary program can divert the youth's case out of the traditional
system. If they choose to
have their case heard in youth court, a youth court hearing
will be held during which a peer
jury, volunteers in grades 8-12, will decided on an
appropriate
and constructive sentence for the offense committed. Sentences may
include the completion
of community service hours, participation in educational
classes, paying restitution, and serving as a juror on other youth court hearings.

Student youth
court members perform the roles of prosecution or community
advocate,
defense attorney or defense advocate, judge, clerk, jury foreperson, and
victim advocate. The proceedings are overseen by the Director and an attorney
mentor.
Organization:

Bethlehem Youth Court is a non-profit organization that is overseen by a board of
directors. The Director oversees day to day operations. We are funded by the Town of
Bethlehem, grants, and private donations.
Bethlehem Youth Court, Inc.
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Bethlehem Youth Court, Inc. 261 Elm Ave. Delmar, NY 12054
Bethlehem Youth Court is
supported in part by the
Town of Bethlehem.
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