|Youth Court members preparing for a case.|
Since opening in May 2011, the Brownsville Youth Court has heard 327 cases and has a compliance rate of 90%. Additionally, 107 young people have participated in the court. Civic Engagement is major component of the Youth Court. Since 2011, Youth Court members have conducted over 1400 hours of community service throughout the Brownsville community and spent more than 5000 hours hearing cases.
|Youth Court members with the Honorable Judge Jeanette Ruiz|
NYC Law Department Visit
On February 20, 2014, the New York City Law Department hosted a wonderful visit for our Youth Court members. The members met with major stakeholders in the juvenile justice system and received a detailed overview of how the juvenile justice system works. The presentations engaged the members in a informative discussion about how young people can reduce crime rates and be productive in their communities. The members were able to observe court proceedings and met with several judges.
|Members at the Bake Sale|
On February 19, 2014, the Brownsville Youth Court hosted a successful bake sale. Community members and partners came out to support the fundraiser. The members offered homemade treats, which included cupcakes, cookies, and cake. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds will go the member enrichment opportunities and 25 percent will kick start the member's NYC AIDS Walk fundraising initiative.
|MLK DAY painting project at the Brownsville Recreation Center|
On January 20, 2014, the Youth Court members volunteered at the Brownsville Recreation Center for MLK Day of Service. The members transformed a once unusable room into a bright and inviting space for the young people who utilize the recreational center.