Youth Court provides alternative sentencing to first-time juvenile offenders in the District of Columbia and serves as a unique pre-petition diversion program for non-violent offenders.

By Participating in Youth Court, Youth Gain:

  • A Second Chance
  • Acknowledging that they have did something wrong and need to repay the community
  • Learn how to give back to the community
  • Ability to Gain Leadership Skills ( baliff, jury foreperson, advocate judge)
  • Encouraged to get involved in positive activities
  • Learn Better Decision Making Skills
  • Safe Haven for expressing themselves
  • An Adult Advocate that cares