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January 12th Weekly Update


2015 Youth Activism and Leadership Conference

January 12th, 2015

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High school students! Join us to learn basic activist skills and end discrimination in school discipline!

What is the School-to-Prison pipeline?

The School-to-Prison pipeline is the systematic push of students out of school through overly harsh discipline policies and practices. These policies and practices can take the form of zero tolerance discipline, the misuse of School Resource Officers (SROs), and the overuse of suspensions/expulsions.

For more information on the School-to-Prison pipeline go to -http://www.acluutah.org/blog/item/879-breaking-down-the-school-to-prison-pipeline.

What Can You Do About It?

Be part of the movement to end the School-to-Prison pipeline!

The conference is focused on developing the skills in youth that will empower you to organize and advocate against the School-to-Prison pipeline. Although, these activist skills will be useful for other causes and leadership positions.

Students are the ones impacted by this problem and students can make a difference by learning basic activist skills.

See you at the event!


8:30am-9:00am Check-in and grab breakfast

9:00am-9:30am Keynote speaker, Law Professor, Emily Chiang

9:30am-10:30am Introduction to the School-to-Prison pipeline, J.D Candidate and Training & Education Specialist at Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Nubia Pena

10:30am-11:30am Know Your Rights Training, J.D Candidates, Vannessa Walsh and Ryan Nielsen

11:30am-12:00pm Speak up now!, Activities for everyone

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch and Tabling

1:00pm-2:00pm Citizen Lobbyist Training, ACLU of Utah Public Policy Advocate, Anna Brower

2:00pm-3:00pm Legislative Panel, Representative  Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Representative Angela Romero, Senator Aaron Osmond, and former representative and current director of the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council David Litvack

3:00pm-3:15pm Break

3:15pm-4:15pm Using & Interacting with the Media, ACLU of Utah Racial Justice Associate Kathy Abarca and Youth Activists: Marcelina Kubica and Nithin Chalapathi

4:15pm-5:00pm Wrap up, ACLU of Utah Public Policy Advocate, Anna Brower

Register Here

Volunteer’s Op-Ed Published in the Salt Lake Tribune


On October 4th, 2014, the Salt Lake Tribune published Marcelina Kubica’s Op-Ed about the School to Prison Pipeline. Marcelina is a third year member of Salt Lake Peer Court and a member of our Youth Advisory Board.

Click here to link to the Op-Ed:


Here is a flyer for the event that Marcelina announces in her piece:

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Quarterly Newsletter


Our Summer Newsletter is hot off the press! Check it out here:

Summer Newsletter 2014

Salt Lake Peer Court in the News!!

Salt Lake Peer Court made the news on Friday, August 22nd for our Restorative Justice Day. Check out the awesome clip here:

Restorative Justice Day


Salt Lake Peer Court is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Sorenson Unity Center to host “Restorative Justice Day,” on Friday, August 22nd at the Sorenson Unity Center (1383 S 900 W) from 8:30am – 4:00pm. This purpose of this free public event is to teach the community about restorative justice.

Salt Lake Peer Court and the SorensonUnityCenter will kick off the event with a panel discussion on Restorative Justice between Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, Salt Lake City Police Department’s Chief Burbank, and the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Public Policy Practicum Professor Emily Chiang. Mediated by University of Utah Gender Studies Professor Cathleen Powers, this discussion will focus on restorative justice as it relates to juveniles.

This is the fifth and final day of mandatory training for all of Salt Lake Peer Court’s 100+ high school volunteers. These volunteers serve as panelists officiating restorative justice hearings at the Matheson Courthouse over the course of the school year. Every high school panelist also serves as a mentor for referred youth offenders – tutoring youth offenders with school work, encouraging them to complete their dispositions (sentences), and acting as a positive peer role model.

After the panel discussion, Salt Lake Peer Court and the SorensonUnityCenter will lead five breakout sessions aimed at explaining how youth offenders who are sent to Salt Lake Peer Court can complete their court-ordered disposition at the SorensonUnityCenter. The SorensonUnityCenter offers an array of fun and educational after-school programs that help kids build new skills in a positive and supportive environment. Each breakout session will include an educational activity followed by a group discussion about how that activity could play a crucial role in rehabilitating youth offenders by teaching them the three pillars of restorative justice: accountability, skill development, and community connection.

The day will end with two mock hearings of Salt Lake Peer Court’s restorative justice youth court. Conducted entirely by high school aged volunteers, this mock hearing will give the community a snapshot of how Salt Lake Peer Court’s restorative justice model works.

Salt Lake Peer Court is a certified youth court in the state of Utah that has successfully been handling minor offenses (class B and C misdemeanors) like truancy, fighting, vandalism, and theft for 21 years. Supported by the Salt Lake CitySchool District and the Salt Lake City Police Department, SLPC successfully reduces the rate of recidivism among juvenile youth offenders while increasing their rate of attendance and graduation.

For questions about the Restorative Justice Day, please contact SLPC Director Tyler Bugden at slpcourt@xmission.com or 801-322-1815.



 “New Partnerships benefit Salt Lake Peer Court”

The Deseret News published an article about Salt Lake Peer Court on Sunday, March 23rd. The article includes some great photos from the the Bicycle Collective, the Wasatch Community Gardens, and the Youth ARC. Check out the article here!

Salt Lake Peer Court works in the Youth Garden at Wasatch Community Gardens.

Salt Lake Peer Court works in the Youth Garden at Wasatch Community Gardens.

The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective's work space.

The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective’s work space.

Salt Lake Peer Court's Youth ARC students learn to make stickers!

Salt Lake Peer Court’s Youth ARC students learn to make stickers!