SHADES: Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students

In partnership with the Los Angeles Teen Court Program


In partnership with the LA Superior Court, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) provides youth juror training for a specialized Teen Court, focusing on bullying incidents rooted in prejudice and bias. The SHADES (Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students) program goal is to train youth participants to serve as informed and effective jurors.

Teen Court is an intervention program which provides selected juvenile offenders with the opportunity to be questioned, judged, and sentenced by a jury of their peers. The program diverts young people from the formal court system and promotes restorative justice through innovative sentencing. The Los Angeles Superior Court’s Teen Court program operates at over 20 County schools and is the largest and fastest growing network of teen juror justice in the country. Through SHADES, the student jurors and their adult partners promote understanding of the negative impact of bias on the community, and advance hate crime and incident prevention through new community service sentencing.

SHADES is the recipient of several recent awards for its contributions to the Los Angeles community and as an innovative and alternative model for juvenile justice.

Youth Juror Training Summer Institute:

The Youth Juror Training Institute is a five-day summer program. Students are divided into groups of 30, to engage in a series of interactive activities and educational workshops led by a professional facilitator. The headquarters for the program is the Museum of Tolerance‘s Youth Action Lab, complete with media walls, anonymous voting devices, multi-purpose rooms and state of the art AV equipment. The program concludes with a ceremony for family and friends where students receive certificates of completion.

Institute Objectives:

  • Understand the meaning of hate and bias and identify the forms it takes
  • Gain greater self-awareness of personal biases and be sensitive to how these biases can impact judgment
  • Enhance empathy for people different from ourselves and gain greater comfort with multiple perspectives
  • Learn new communication skills, including effective questioning, active listening and respectful communication styles
  • Brainstorm and research ideas for creative and constructive alternative sentencing promoting meaningful offender education and involve students in hate prevention initiatives at their schools

This program is open to High Schools in the greater Los Angeles area that have existing Teen Court programs, or are in the process of creating one.

The next Youth Juror Institutes will be held in June 2016.

Will we begin accepting applications in April 2016, please check back!

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