Camille L Walsh
The Bothell Youth Court Task Force is an opportunity for UWB students to work closely with each other and with local teens to implement the structure, development and training program for the newly created Bothell Youth Court. The winter quarter team will participate in the youth court launch, mentor BYC students as they begin hearing cases (hearings will typically be Mondays from 5:30-7:30), and organize a handful of supplemental trainings.
Student learning goals
Understand the restorative justice and community-focused frameworks of youth courts
Mentor teen youth court participants in ideas of peer counseling and restorative justice
Work collaboratively to develop and implement youth court training activities or workshops to prepare teen participants for youth court
Understand critiques and concerns around juvenile justice models
Identify key needs of youth court participants and develop solutions to best prepare them for their cases
General method of instruction
This community-based learning project will meet a handful of times during the quarter to work on generating training modules and mentoring youth court participants in the recently developed Bothell Youth Court. Two to three meetings during the quarter will likely take place on Monday evenings (5:30-7:30) when the BYC holds its hearings, otherwise meetings will be flexibly arranged with the students involved in the specific training teams.
No prerequisites necessary.
Class assignments and grading
Students in this class will work together to develop training activities/workshops for local teens who are participating in the Bothell Youth Court.
Credit/No-Credit - students will be assessed on the basis of their completion of the activities assigned in the course.