The YMCA Marin County Youth Court is an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.
The Youth Court’s transformative power is derived from its non-adversarial, peer-to-peer restorative practices.
Based on the principles of restorative justice Youth Court empowers youth to take an active role in addressing
and supporting their peers when they have acknowledged accountability for breaking the law. The goal of restorative
justice is to repair the harm done, the relationships impacted, and provide the young person with increased skills so
they may reengage the community as a more reflective and wiser person.
Diverting over a thousand youth since its inception in 2004, Youth Court is on the forefront of mitigating the
school-to-prison pipeline by using restorative practices that keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system.
This innovative program has a 95% completion rate and successful completion of the program can remove their juvenile record.
The Marin County Youth Court is administered by the Restorative Services department of the YMCA in collaboration with the
Superior Court, District Attorney's Office, Office of the Public Defender, Probation Department, Marin County Bar Association
and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission among other county, statewide, and national partners.
The Marin YMCA administers Youth Court, in collaboration with the Court, District Attorney's Office, Office of the
Public Defender, Probation Department, Marin County Bar Association and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Under the leadership of Don Carney, YMCA's Director of Restorative Services, Marin Youth Court has become a strong and sustainable program.
If you would like to volunteer with the Youth Court or for more information about Youth Court,
please contact Don Carney at (415) 459-9622 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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