Are you 14-18?
Are you currently enrolled in school or a GED Program?
Do you want to learn about the law?
Do you want to help other teens who have gotten into trouble?
The Brownsville Youth Court Wants You!
What is Brownsville Youth Court?
The Brownsville Youth Court trains teenagers ages 14-18 to serve as jurors, judges and youth and community advocates. Members hear real-life cases of other teens that have committed low-level offenses. Youth court members then offer meaningful and beneficial sanctions. The goal of Youth Court is not to assess guilt or innocence; rather it is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system.
How do I become a youth court member?
Brownsville Youth court members are selected out of a competitive training internship program. Trainees are selected based on the quality of their applications and interview performance. Youth Court trainees spend 32 unpaid hours learning about youth court, juvenile justice, how to perform the roles, and take a bar exam. Trainees will receive community service hour credits for the training internship. Trainees who perform well on the bar exam and have demonstrated themselves throughout the training process are chosen to serve in a 6-month paid internship as youth court members.
Who is eligible to apply?
Brownsville Youth Court membership is open to Brooklyn teens ages 14-18 who are enrolled in school or GED program.
How much do youth court members get paid?
Youth court members receive a $100/month stipend to serve for 5 hours per week.
When is the training internship?
The training internship will take place mid-October and end mid-December on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The training location takes place at the Brownsville Community Justice Center located at 444 Thomas Boyland St. (between Pitkin and East New York Avenues).
When and where are youth court hearings held?
Youth court hearings will be held at 444 Thomas Boyland St. every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00- 6:00pm.
Interested in becoming a member of
Brownsville Youth Court?
Applications are Due No Later than September 30, 2013
If you have any questions, Please contact a BYC staff person at 347-404-9581