Youth Court

Mission
Using restorative practices to empower students to repair harm and successful re-integrate back into their school and community.

Vision
Our vision is for every student to reach their full potential.

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The San Bernardino Restorative Youth Court (SBRYC) is a community response to student misconduct. Its primary aim is to hold a student (known as the respondent) accountable for their actions within a positive social network of support. The court is facilitated by an adult judge and driven by student jurors, clerks, and bailiffs. Positive peer pressure is leveraged to increase the respondent's awareness of the impact their actions have had on the school and community. The heart and soul of SBRYC
is about students helping students by utilizing evidence based restorative practices to foster positive youth identity.

Our judge volunteers are District staff members, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Private Attorneys, and Law Enforcement officials. Our students are volunteers from our 6-12th grade population and previous respondents.

The Process:
The jurors, under the direction of the judge, question the respondent about their actions. The questions are restorative in nature and designed to show the respondents the impact of their wrongdoing. From the answers, the jury deliberates and develops a disposition plan to help the respondent be accountable for their actions, make amends and reintegrate. The respondent meets with a Youth Court official to review the disposition/rehabilitation plan.

The respondent is closely monitored by a Hearing Panel Case Manager. They will meet with them at their school site and at Positive Youth Development to monitor school re-intergration and ensure the plan of rehabilitation is successfully complete.

Youth Court provides a variety of opportunities to all student participants. It gives them a sense of empathy, community, leadership skills, and learning opportunities.

The San Bernardino Restorative Youth Court:

  • Provides an alternative to traditional assertive discipline.
  • Builds on a student's strengths.
  • Increases student competency, empathy and connectivity. 
  • Provides students an opportunity for community service, leadership and career development.
  • Creates an awareness  for students of the impact their actions have on others in their school and community.
  • Utilizes district and community resources to build student capacity rather than punishment.


For more information about Youth Courts in California, visit: www.calyouthcourts.com



Contact

Dr. Robert Moss
Coordinator 

Ms. Staci Leak
Hearing Panel Member
Email

Daisy Ramirez
Sr. Clerk
Email

Natalie Glackin
Youth Services Specialist - Discipline
Email

777 North F Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410 | Phone: (909) 381-1100 | Fax:

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