Oswego Youth Court to hold training class for new members

The Oswego Youth Court will hold a training class for new members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 through 13 at Oswego City Hall.

Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply for the Youth Court training.

Applications can be obtained at any Oswego County school district guidance office, at the Oswego Youth Bureau, or by going online to www.oswegony.org/DEPT_youth.html.

Completed applications may be mailed to Oswego Youth Court, c/o Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, 13126.  The deadline for applications is Friday, July 6.

The Oswego Youth Court Program is a Family Court diversion program designed to create a “new pathway” for troubled youth. The program also serves youth that commit crimes that are not usually entertained by Family Court.

“Youth Court hears real cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first time minor offenses,” said Brian Chetney, county youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Students are trained to be judges, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and court clerks. Members conduct hearings related to their cases and decide on the outcome and punishment for each case.”

“This program provides a valuable experience for its members,” said Dawn Metott, city youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “In addition to the benefit of helping their communities and influencing their peers in a positive way, members of Youth Court will learn or improve their public speaking, interviewing and writing skills.”

Oswego Youth Courts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Those seeking more information about the Oswego Youth Court may call Brian Chetney or Dawn Metott at 349-3575 or email youthcourt@oswegocounty.com.

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