On June 14, 2012, The Brownsville Youth Court celebrated its one year anniversary. The Brownsville Youth Court began hearing cases on May 12, 2011. The Youth Court hit the ground running as our members have; collectively, logged more than 3100 hours of service, heard 175 cases and we have achieved a ninety-percent compliance rate. Word of our good work has quickly spread throughout the Brownsville community and greater Brooklyn.Over the past year, we have received 450 applications for our past three competitive law internship programs. We have invited 107 teens into our training classes and selected 39 to serve in our first and second cohorts combined. We have built strong partnerships with our referral sources and received an outpouring of support from community organizations.
Also, the day included the induction of our third cohort into the Youth Court, which is made up of ten Brownsville residents and three East New York residents. These young individuals successfully completed a month of training and will serve on the Court for the next 6 months.
Alumni, Linda Armstrong and Ashia Barnes sharing their Youth Court experience with everyone.