Youth Service

Global Youth Service Movement

The “Global Youth Justice Movement” not only favorably impacts local Youth Justice and Juvenile Justice systems on a large scale, but the volunteer-driven programmatic design of youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs is creating unprecedented opportunities for volunteer youth to help their peers in trouble on a large scale — resulting in a new “Global Youth Service Movement” not seen in decades.   Global Youth Justice champions the importance of youth to volunteer at an early age, in meaningful and continual youth service roles, in more than 1,800+ local communities with youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs.

Historic numbers of volunteer youth, to include former youthful offenders, are being provided with the opportunity to engage in meaningful youth service opportunities in their communities, through their involvement as volunteer judges, attorney’s, clerk/bailiffs, jury foreperson, and jurors, in more than 1,800+ local communities on 5-Continents.  The Global Youth Justice Movement has quietly emerged as one of the top 10 youth service opportunities not only in the USA, but around the Globe.

George Washington University conducted a national data collection project on Youth Service involvement in these diversion programs in the USA, back when there was only 1,400+ youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs in 2007.  The results were staggering, and considering in 2018, there are now more than 1,800+ of these youth-led and volunteer-driven youth justice and juvenile justice diversion programs – the numbers below are even more impressive, considering this data was based on numbers 10+ years ago.

 

Data Collection on Global Youth Service Movement by George Washington University

117,310 Youth Volunteer Annually

20,416 of 117,310 Youth Volunteer are Former Offenders

16,522 Adults Volunteer Annually

133,832 Youth and Adults Volunteer Annually

George Washington University Study

The Global Youth Justice Movement can easily be called the Global Youth Service Movement, as historic numbers of youth, to include former youthful offenders, are now volunteering to help their peers who have been referred to youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs for committing a crime, offense and/or violation.  Never before, have so many youth volunteered in local juvenile justice and youth justice systems in the USA.  Other countries, who have recently begun to establish these youth-led and volunteer-driven diversion programs, are also taking notice of the considerable benefits to volunteer youth, as a result of their on-going volunteer service in youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs.

Over the past twenty-five (25) years, especially in the USA, most people have largely focused on the benefits of youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs as they related to the juveniles who have been referred to these diversion programs.   However, especially over the past decade, there is increasing support and recognition of the tremendous benefits youth/teen/student/peer court and peer jury diversion programs provide to youth volunteers, especially as it relates to the benefits of volunteering early, and providing rare continual service opportunities for Youth Service.

 

Giving Back:  Introducing Community Service Learning in Youth Courts

25 Lesson Plans for Improving Mandated Community Service

By Constitutional Rights Foundation and U.S. Department of Justice

107 Pages

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Journal:  Federal Youth Court Program

Title:  Putting the Service in Youth Court

Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury

Global Youth Justice Article

 

Youth Courts:  Young People Delivering Justice

Guidebook for Professionals Seeking to Improve Justice

By American Bar Association and U.S. Department of Justice

36 Pages

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Youth Court:  A Path to Civic Engagement

Public Policy Brief

By American Youth Policy Forum and U.S. Department of Justice

8 Pages

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