SHADES: Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students

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) provides youth juror training for a specialized Teen Court focusing on bullying incidents rooted in prejudice and bias in Los Angeles County. 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 model for juvenile justice.

Youth Juror Summer Institute:

The Youth Juror Institute is a five-day summer program with a post-Institute 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. 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 camp concludes with a ceremony for family and friends where students receive certificates of completion.

Institute Objectives:

  • Understand the meaning of hate and bias crime 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 sentencing promoting meaningful offender education and involve students in hate prevention initiatives at their schools

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 on June 9-13, 2014 and June 16-20, 2014.

The deadline to apply is April 14, 2014.

Educators, you may APPLY ONLINE or DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION to submit via fax.

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