Volunteers for Youth/Peer Court
Become a volunteer and you'll soon discover why volunteering is such a rewarding and satisfying experience. There are so many
great reasons to volunteer - here are just a few:
» Learn new skills
Feel good about yourself
» Make a contribution to your community
Gain work experience and build your resume
» Explore a career
Meet people and make new friends
» Share your time, skills and energy
Support a cause you believe in
» Fulfill a school course requirement
Make a difference
We are always looking for volunteers to help in several areas, including:
» Marketing, public relations, and advertising
Outreach and special events
» General administration
» And much more...
Volunteer time is flexible. It can fit any
schedule and any lifestyle. You can volunteer for several hours every week or for just one day a year.
Shasta County Youth/Peer Court uses youth volunteers as jurors, jury forepersons, attorneys and clerks. Volunteers are
between the ages of 12-18. Volunteers attend training where they learn about the court, restorative justice, the
40 Developmental Assets program, sentencing options as well as practice a mock trial.
Volunteers attend training to
begin as jurors and work their way up to become jury forepersons. If they have an interest in broadening their experience,
they can become student attorneys. The student attorneys work in pairs, with one of the attorneys usually having
more experience. They are coached by local adult attorneys, who volunteer to meet with the students in advance, help
them prepare their cases, and then come to court to watch them and provide constructive feedback to the students.
Experienced volunteers can assist with teaching other new student volunteers at training sessions and with talking to community
groups about the Youth/Peer Court program.
Adults can volunteer
to be Attorney Coaches. Shasta County attorney volunteers meet with the student attorneys to coach them on their cases
and provide feedback to them on their performance in court. Attorneys can also volunteer to assist with teaching
the basic volunteer class to the students.
Adult judges volunteer their time to sit on the bench and hear the cases.
While it is the youth jurors who determine the sanctions imposed, the judges ask questions, run the court just like a regular
court, and can modify the sanctions if they feel it is necessary.
Adults who have successfully passed a background
investigation can volunteer to help with the court, with administrative office work, and with classes as needed.
Please call if you are interested in order to determine your interests and the needs of the Youth Violence Prevention Council
"We really appreciate all of
our volunteers and the hundreds of hours that they collectively donate to our program. It's what helps to make
the Shasta County Youth/Peer Court such a successful program!"
if you are interested in volunteering, training, or finding out more about the program. The court is open to the
public to come observe on any court night. Check out the calendar to find out when the next court date or training session will
click here to download volunteer application!