Applications to be a youth volunteer for the 2017/2018 school year have closed.
Youth volunteers serve as panelists and mentors. To prepare for their responsibilities youth volunteers attend training during the summer on the principles of restorative justice, court procedures, communication skills, conflict resolution, bias awareness, and mentoring.
Position: Youth Volunteer (Panelist/Mentor)
Supervisors: Program Director and Program Coordinator
Description: Youth volunteers conduct court hearings and develop dispositions (sentences) for referred youth. Youth volunteers base dispositions on the three principles of restorative justice: accountability, skill development, and community connection. Rather than punish referred youth, Peer Court’s youth volunteers support them by encouraging them to reach their full academic, social, and creative potential.
Outside of the courtroom youth volunteers mentor (one-on-one) referred youth every week- meeting in person or communicating over the phone. By providing weekly support and guidance Peer Court youth volunteers harness the positive aspects of peer pressure to encourage responsibility, personal growth through pro-social skill development, and community connection.
Time Period: One academic school year
Hours: 3 hours per week- 2.5 hours on Monday evening and 0.5 hour during the week by phone. Volunteers attend court at the Matheson Courthouse on Monday evenings from 5:30pm to 8:00pm during the Salt Lake City School District’s academic school year. Court is not held on holidays nor school breaks.
- Current high school students (need to be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2017/2018 school year)
- Strong written or verbal communication
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Commitment to confidentiality, honesty, and ethics
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, to work with diverse groups of people, and to collaborate with other community organizations
- Multicultural sensitivity and sensitivity to needs of clients, clients’ families, visitors, co-workers, volunteers, and other persons with whom you may interact
- Commitment to mission and philosophy of Salt Lake Peer Court