How to Volunteer?
- Student Volunteer - Grades 7-12
- Intern - Age 16+
- Advisory Board Member - Any age
- Court Supervisor - Age 18+
Due to the overwhelming demand of new programs, as well as the inevitable demands of maintaining old programs, the Director will develop an action plan to be implemented for each community inquiring about a youth court. Any community that wishes to receive a youth court will have a basic set of guidelines to follow including, who to contact (judges, politicians, etc.), various ways to structure the program and the timetable involved in each of those steps.
If you are in grades 7-12 in Camden, Rome, Utica or Waterville (or an area planning on establishing a youth court), you can serve youth court in a variety of ways.
First, students in grades 7-12, must complete a training course, and pass an exam. You can serve as judge, prosecution, defense, clerk/bailiff, jury foreperson or juror in any youth court case. If interested, fill out an application or contact the director.
Oneida County Youth Court also offers the opportunity for individuals to serve as volunteer interns. This position is open to those actively involved in the program and those who may not be.
This position offers flexible hours working on administrative office assignments as well as "field work," such as traveling to various schools, courts, organizations, etc. This is an incredible opportunity to explore your field(s) of interest (law, teaching, criminal justice, etc.). Because the program is so diverse, you will have the opportunity to work on aspects of the program that specifically interest you. You will gain experience, as well as make valuable contacts (such as judges, attorneys, police officers, elected officials, etc.) throughout the community.
If interested, contact the director.
Oneida County Youth Court is always seeking committed volunteers to serve as advisory board members. If interested, contact the Director.
Purpose - The board is responsible for establishing a strong reputation for the youth court program prior to, coinciding with, and after the first case is heard in each community. Each board works with the Director to develop a list of community service options to be performed by each offender. The board also works with the Director to publicize the program to the community. While the Director maintains strong relations with countywide media outlets, advisory boards often possess the strongest links to local media channels, especially in rural areas. The advisory board is also responsible for developing and organizing fundraising campaigns to benefit local youth court volunteers.
Meetings - Each community has an advisory board meeting every other month. Advisory board meetings often consist of progress and updates, as well as the delegating of projects and tasks to be accomplished before a deadline or subsequent advisory board meeting.
Liaison - Perhaps the most commonly used board function remains its liaison with particular members of the community that the Director may need to contact, but with whom the Director lacks a close relationship. Advisory boards know local communities, while the Director constantly focuses on the program.
Currently, Oneida County Youth Court has expanded into four separate courts. While this progress is welcomed, it also leaves little time for the Director to build new programs.
Therefore, the Director seeks a qualified individual to serve as either the supervisor of a previously established court (Camden, Rome, Utica, Waterville) or as the supervisor of a Youth Court in a new area (Any community that wishes to receive a youth court will have a basic set of guidelines to follow including, who to contact, various ways to structure the program and the timetable involved in each of those steps).
The Director will still oversee the program, but work with the supervisor to establish or expand a Youth Court program.