Volunteer-Driven Justice Reform Model

Global Youth Justice Champions a sustainable “Volunteer-Driven Reform Model” with replication and scale elements, to strengthen and improve Juvenile Justice and Youth Justice Systems.  A record 1,800+ volunteer-driven and youth-led Youth Court, Teen Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury diversion programs on 5-continents are involving historic numbers of youth volunteers, to include former youthful offenders, who have successfully completed one of these rapidly expanding, and affordable diversion programs.  Visit the Research page under the Resources section of this website, to view data collection from George Washington University documenting a historic 135,000+ youth and adults are volunteering annually in these local youth justice and juvenile justice diversion programs — a record number in the USA, with other countries now experiencing the interest, willingness, and involvement of youth and adults to volunteer in local justice systems.

More Diversion Programs Needed

These much needed local diversion programs not only provide constructive consequences for juvenile offenders, they offer a practical civic opportunity for youth volunteers in the community.   This civic opportunity allows these youth to actively participate in the community decision making processes for dealing with juvenile delinquency, as they gain “hands-on” knowledge of  the the justice system.  These diversion programs are an important step in a local system of graduated sanctions, and utilize peers to determine the appropriate sentence of other youth, a critical aspect of the program.  If peer pressure contributes to juvenile delinquency, some experts have taken the view that it can be redirected to become a force leading juveniles into law-abiding behavior.

Public Domain —  Names Youth Court, Teen Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury

Fortunately, no one owns or can trademark the names Youth Court, Teen Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury, and therefor, these diversion programs attract a wide range of support and involvement, typically not seen in local juvenile justice, youth justice and criminal justice systems.  The primary driving force behind the continued expansion of these volunteer-driven diversion programs, has been local support and involvement from community leaders from diverse sectors.  Most of these diversion programs required the collaboration and involvement of a wide range of agencies and organization.  Youth Court, Teen Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury diversion programs are not “Trademarked” or “Copyrighted”, and therefor, they are administered and operated by more than 25+ types of agencies and organizations.

Sustainability and Scaleable

The Global Youth Justice “Volunteer-Driven Reform Model” was created by Scott Peterson in 2009, as part of his efforts to champion volunteer-driven reform to strengthen Juvenile/Youth/Criminal Justice Systems.  The affordability and sustainability of Youth Court, Teen Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury diversion programs, combined with the local adaptability of these unique youth-led diversion programs — continues to be a driving force behind their growth, and their high-level of sustainability.  In 1993 there were approximately 50 of these diversion programs in 12 states, and in only the United States.  In 2019, there are more than 1,800+ of these volunteer-driven diversion programs, in 48 States, Washington, D.C., 50+ Native and Aboriginal Tribes and Villages, in 9 countries, and on 5-continents.

Many, many more adults and youth are volunteering their time for juvenile crime — and this volunteer-driven reform model will only further increase the numbers of volunteer youth, adults and former juvenile offenders to improve justice systems, and justice system involvement all around the globe.