Youth Court Announces Training for New Members

OSWEGO – The Oswego Youth Court program will hold training for new members from July 18 to 22 at Oswego City Hall.

Training will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply for Youth Court training.

The deadline for applications is July 11.

Applications may be obtained at any Oswego County school district guidance office, at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, or online at https://docs.google.com/a/oswegocounty.com/forms/d/1FZsqLFSiSd-QGanbkTOC_EseHao4tIrKG9mZNk6YlQI/edit.

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.

Youth Court hears criminal cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first-time minor offenses, and offenders are then sentenced by their peers.

“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,” said Sam Crisafulli, youth services specialist for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.  “This program provides a valuable experience for its members.”

“This experience was one of the best I have ever had,” said Justin Jones, a former Oswego City Youth Court member. “You get to experience real cases and a chance to help out your community. This program helped me improve my public speaking skills and writing skills.”

Oswego Youth Court is sponsored by the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and the Office of Children and Family Services.

For more information about the Oswego Youth Court program, please contact Crisafulli, phone 349-3401 or email [email protected]