The Power of Positive Peer Pressure

Serving our community in multiple ways:

Bethlehem Youth Court has been in continuous operation for over 15 years now. The
benefits of Bethlehem Youth Court are far reaching. We not only serve youthful
offenders in our community, but we also provide a valuable volunteer opportunity for
the student Youth Court members and we perform hundreds of hours of community
service 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 do Youth Court, they will have a Youth Court hearing and a
jury of their peers will decided on an appropriate number of community service
hours to be performed for the offense committed. Student Youth Court members
perform the roles of prosecution and defense attorney, 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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