Global Youth Justice Movement

The Global Youth Justice Movement is widely regarded as a “textbook example” of a local grass-roots movement fueling the rapid expansion of local youth-led and volunteer-driven diversion programs, most often referred to as Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court and Peer Jury.  It is important to note, these are diversion programs, and not formal courts, on any of the five (5) continents where they have proliferated to.  The Global Youth Justice Movement largely began in the early 1990’s, when there were a few dozen communities, in about ten (10) states, which had established a local Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court and Peer Jury diversion program.

Over the next quarter of a century, and by 2018, the Global Youth Justice Movement has expanded to more than 1,800+ of these local diversion programs in the United States of America, and more than 10+ other countries on five (5) continents, with hundreds of additional communities in various stages of establishing a Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court and Peer Jury diversion program.  It is important to note, that no agency, organization, country, or other entity, owns or controls the establishment and operation of these rapidly expanding affordable diversion programs.

Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court and Peer Jury are not trademarked or copyrighted, and dozens of agencies and organizations, to include public and private, operate these youth justice and juvenile justice diversion programs.  This, and other important factors, are primary reasons for the unique and rare scaleable nature of these diversion programs.  This has been a driving force behind this American form of youth justice and juvenile justice, which has spreading to other countries around the globe.  Like in America on a local level, other countries have had a relatively easy time in adapting these diversion programs to local needs, available resources, as well as perceptions and attitudes.

Although these diversion programs are youth-led and volunteer-driven, the Global Youth Justice Movement has been, and continues to be fueled by local adult leaders from a wide range of backgrounds to include courts, law enforcement, public officials, education leaders, nonprofit professions, youth service champions, attorney’s, social service professions, elected officials, and — countless volunteers, to include both youth and adults.  Global Youth Justice, Inc. is the first International public and private organization to champion the local to global expansion of these youth justice and juvenile justice diversion programs.  Global Youth Justice freely and widely shares all public domain materials with anyone and everyone interested around the Globe.

International Journal Articles on Global Youth Justice Movement

Journal:  The Justice Report — Canadian Criminal Justice Association

Title:  Global Youth Justice Movement — Harnessing the Power of Positive Peer Pressure

Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury

Global Youth Justice Article

 

Journal:  Reclaiming Youth International

Title:  Global Youth Justice Movement:  Made in America

Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury

GlobalYouthJusticeArticle

 

Journal:  American Correctional Association

Title:  Youth Court — A National Youth Justice Movement

Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury

Global Youth Justice Article

 

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