Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Greenpoint Youth Court Graduation

On July 30th, the Mediation Center held a celebration in honor of the first class of the Greenpoint Youth Court. These young people have been working since December to train and hear cases of low level infractions committed by their peers. They have developed leadership skills, public speaking skills, and been ambassadors to their peers and classmates. During the graduation ceremony, Deputy Inspector Fulton, Commanding Officer of 94th Precinct, addressed the graduates, the current youth court members in training, and the many family and friends attending the ceremony. He stressed the tenacity of this group and praised their diligence in getting through the struggles of being the first class. The evening's guest speaker was Judge Eileen Koretz, Supervising Judge for the Criminal Court of the City of New York. From 1997 until her appointment as Supervising Judge, she was the Presiding Judge at the Midtown Community Court, the first successful problem-solving, community-focused, court in the United States. She spoke to the youth court members about the importance of being part of the problem-solving court system and how their role as youth court members contribute to helping their community and a broader society. Congratulations to all the graduates and our youth court participants!

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