The following online training lessons, audio teleconferences, and video teleconferences are designed to assist youth volunteers in youth courts in performing their youth court roles more effectively. Check out the lessons and be sure to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stoneleigh Foundation Training Video

The Stoneleigh Foundation (Philadelphia) has produced a training video developed at Chester, Pennsylvania High School Youth Court. It is identified as “How to Run a Youth Court.” It only takes 13 minutes to view the video and one version of it is segmented into five distinct sections for purposes of training.

Youth Court Hearing and Deliberations
By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Washington State Association for Youth Courts

An actual youth court hearing, including jury deliberations, is now available. It features the Clallam County Youth Court in Washington State, in which a respondent prank-called a suicide hotline. The video explores the impact of this prank call on law enforcement and the respondent, and uses restorative justice to create a disposition tailored to the youth and the offense.

Youth members of the court explain restorative justice and demonstrate how they use it to be creative in devising appropriate dispositions.

TVW, the public affairs television channel for the State of Washington, produced this video as part of its Emmy-nominated series, Engaged – Students Becoming Citizens.  Click here to watch video

Audio Teleconferences

Making Evaluation for Youth Court Simpler Using Performance-Based Measures

Originally broadcast on July 15, 2003.
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All parts of government and private agencies are facing hard decisions on how to spend scarce dollars.  Therefore, the need to justify the value of the services that youth courts provide is becoming more important with each passing day.  The way to demonstrate the value of youth court is through meaningful evaluation.  Yet, evaluation doesn’t always have to be time intensive or costly.  Using performance-based measures, youth courts can assess both process and outcomes without great expense and without employing outside expertise.

This audio teleconference gives youth court coordinators the knowledge to articulate and demonstrate, in an objective manner, what their youth court has to offer so that the public and funding sources will be willing to support and dedicate money to the program.

Effective Strategies for Searching for Youth Court Funding and Writing Grants

Originally broadcast on February 24, 2004.
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One of the questions the National Youth Court Center is asked most often is “Where can I find funding for my youth court program?”  Unfortunately, there is no one ‘magic’ source of funds for youth courts.  However, because of the appeal and myriad benefits and services that youth courts provide, there are numerous potential funding streams to which programs can apply.

Fundraising can be a time-consuming task, and program staff often have many other responsibilities that compete for their time and energy.  To help facilitate the fundraising process, this interactive audio teleconference, with optional webcast, gives youth court coordinators information on how to locate possible funding sources and plan for program sustainability, as well as provide tips on how to write effective grants.