OSWEGO – The Oswego Youth Court will offer a training class for new members on Tuesday, Dec. 27, during Christmas break. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oswego City Hall, 13 W. Oneida St.
Students in grades seven through 12 are eligible to join youth court. Applications can be obtained at any Oswego County school district, at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, or by going online to www.oswegony.org/DEPT_youth.html. Completed applications should be mailed to Oswego Youth Court, c/o Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, 13126.
The Oswego Youth Court Program is a Family Court diversion program designed to create a ‘new pathway’ for troubled youth. The program also serves youth who commit crimes that are not usually heard in Family Court.
“Youth Court hears real cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first-time minor offenses,” said Brian Chetney, county youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Students are trained to be judges, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and court clerks. Members conduct hearings related to their cases and decide on the outcome and punishment for each case.”
“This program provides a valuable experience for its members,” said Dawn Metott, city youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “In addition to the benefit of helping their communities and influencing their peers in a positive way, members of Youth Court will learn or improve their public speaking, interviewing and writing skills.”
The program is sponsored by the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
For more information, contact Brian Chetney or Dawn Metott at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, phone 349-3575.