Background and History

Background and History

Global Youth Justice Movement

Background

Global Youth Justice, Inc. Champions 1,800+ volunteer-driven youth justice and juvenile justice diversion programs called Teen Court, Youth Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury on 5-Continents, making it the most replicated juvenile justice and youth justice program around the globe.  They are volunteer-driven, inexpensive, adaptable, practical, scaleable, and are replicating widely in urban, rural, suburban and tribal settings.

Historic Numbers of Justice Volunteers, including both Youth and Adults — Make it Possible for 1,800+ Communities on 5-Continents to Give their Youth a 2nd, and Even 3rd Chance for Minor Crimes, Offenses and/or Violations.  The Global Youth Justice Movement is a local Volunteer-Driven “Scaleable Model” to Strengthen Juvenile Justice, Youth Justice and Criminal Justice Systems around the Globe.

In 2018, in America — the Global Youth Justice Movement began about a quarter century ago in 1993.  In the past 10 years, albeit primarily in the past 5 years, this Global Youth Justice Movement mobilizing historic numbers of youth and adult volunteers, has spread to 10+ countries on 5 continents.

And —  Adults and youth from hundreds of additional communities around the globe are in various stages of implementing one of these rapidly expanding affordable and youth-led diversion programs.  Global Youth Justice champions the quality implementation, enhancement, and expansion of these rapidly expanding diversion programs around the globe.

These rapidly expanding local volunteer-driven diversion programs harness positive peer pressure and utilize it in a peer judgment setting to help address the anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior of youthful offenders.  The peer judgment, volunteer-driven, youth-led, and positive peer pressure aspects of these diversion programs are the primary programmatic elements that separate these juvenile justice and youth justice diversion programs from all others.

History

Global Youth Justice Movement

1993-2018

2018

In 2018, Global Youth Justice, Inc. was officially launched as an International Nonprofit Corporation with an approved 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Charitable Status.  In 2018, Global Youth Justice, Inc. launched a new Global Youth Justice Website, Global Youth Justice Store, Global Youth Justice 2030 Global Goals and More.  Global Youth Justice, Inc. champions the world’s most replicated juvenile justice and youth justice diversion program — as there are now 1,800+ of these volunteer-driven Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury Diversion Programs on 4-continents.

2017

In 2017, Global Youth Justice, Inc. was approved on September 12, 2017 as an International Nonprofit Corporation with an approved 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Charitable Status.  In 2017, the first board meeting of Global Youth Justice, Inc. was held on Monday, January 23, 2017.   In 2017, Global Youth Justice, Inc. announced expanded programs, services, trainings and other expansions in support of implementing and enhancing Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury Diversion Programs around the globe.

2015

In 2015, the success of Global Youth Justice, LLC led to the decision to transition this fledgling Social Enterprise to an International Nonprofit Corporation.  On June 12, 2015, Global Youth Justice, Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Massachusetts, USA.

2009

In 2009, International Social Justice Entrepreneur Scott Bernard Peterson launched Global Youth Justice, LLC as a Social Enterprise, using his “Volunteer-Driven Model” to strengthen local Youth Justice and Juvenile Justice Systems around the globe, through the proliferation of youth-led and volunteer-driven Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury Diversion Programs.

In 2009, the name Global Youth Justice was Trademarked and Copyrighted.  Global Youth Justice LLC launched a global website, social media platforms, began offering trainings, designed logos, and a wide range of other activities and services were designed and implemented.  In 2009, Global Youth Justice LLC became the first global organization to champion the quality implementation and enhancement of youth-led and volunteer-driven Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury Diversion Programs.

1993-2008

Beginning in 1993, International Social Justice Entrepreneur Scott Peterson incorporated Youth Courts of the Capital District, Inc. in New York State on December 13, 1993, and he served as founding Executive Director.  By 1997, Scott had launched numerous local volunteer-driven and youth-led Youth Court Diversion Programs including the Colonie Youth Court, Bethlehem Youth Court and East Greenbush Youth Court.  His first diversion program launched by Youth Courts of the Capital District, Inc. was the Colonie Youth Court, which he also served as Director from 1993 to June of 1997.  In 1995, the Colonie Youth Court was selected as a state model for New York by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and Governor George Pataki allocated more than $8 million dollars in federal funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice to replicate the Colonie Youth Court in more than 40 municipalities throughout New York State.  From 1995 to 1997, Scott traveled throughout New York State assisting local communities in establishing these Youth Court diversion Programs.

In 1997, Scott Peterson was hired by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the United States Department of Justice to design, launch, and implement the 1st Federal Youth Court Program, for purposes of proliferating the expansion of youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs throughout the United States of America.  By 2008, more than $10 million dollars in federal funding had been allocated to achieve this purpose — and by 2008, more than 1,400+ youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs were operational in the United States.

In addition to launching this 1st Federal effort on these rapidly volunteer-driven juvenile justice and youth justice diversion programs, Scott Peterson secured $1 million dollars in federal funding to launch the first private national organization, to further support the youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury movement.  From 2005 to 2007, Scott served as founding Chairperson for this first private national organization.  Upon leaving federal service in early 2008 after 10+ years, Scott Peterson had completed his plan to launch the first federal and private national effort on youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs.  With this completed, Scott Peterson next began his plan to launch the first international organization to support youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs — which is called Global Youth Justice, Inc.

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