Ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing taken for Springville Youth Court

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Shan­non Acor

The Springville Youth Court is now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for stu­dent vol­un­teers for the 2017-18 school year. Qual­i­fied and in­ter­ested stu­dents liv­ing in Springville or Maple­ton who are ages 14 to 18 may ap­ply on­line at www.springville.org/youth­court be­fore May 15.

In 2016, the Youth Court process in Springville and Maple­ton al­lowed more than 65 ju­ve­niles to clear their record and re­main out of ju­ve­nile court. Springville Youth Court ac­cepts ju­ve­nile of­fender re­fer­rals from the Springville and Maple­ton Po­lice De­part­ments, school ad­min­is­tra­tions and by par­ent re­quest.

Springville Youth Court is based on restora­tive jus­tice, a process that al­lows the of­fender to ad­mit guilt, ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­store the harm that has been done. A jury of peers de­cides on an ap­pro­pri­ate dis­po­si­tion for the ju­ve­nile that in­cludes ac­count­abil­ity, skill devel­op­ment and a com­mu­nity con­nec­tion.

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