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In partnership with the Los Angeles Teen Court Program
In partnership with the LA Superior Court and Dept. of Probation, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is providing youth juror training for a specialized Teen Court that focuses on incidents of bullying rooted in prejudice and bias in Los Angeles County. The program is called SHADES (Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students) and the goal is to train the youth participants to serve as informed and effective jurors in these cases.
Teen Court is an early intervention program that provides an opportunity for selected juvenile offenders 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 as well as 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 model for juvenile justice.
Youth Juror Summer Institute:
The Youth Juror Institute is a five-day summer camp program with follow up. Students are divided into groups of no more than 30 to engage in a series of interactive activities led by a professional facilitator and to undertake group projects. The headquarters for the program is the Museum‘s Youth Action Lab complete with media walls, ARS, multi-purpose rooms and state of the art AV equipment. The camp concludes with a ceremony with family and friends where students receive certificates of completion.
This program is open to High Schools in Los Angeles that have Teen Court programs already or are in the process of creating one.
The next Youth Juror Institutes will be held in July 2014:
Dates will be announced in March 2014.
Educators, you may APPLY ONLINE or DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION to submit via fax.
Watch a CBS News story about SHADES: