“I guess this is my golden opportunity – my opportunity to change someone else’s life, while changing mine.”
- Darryl Ballard, former Teen Court defendant.
What is Teen Court?
Rochester Teen Court is a diversion program delivered by The Center for Youth for non-violent offenders, ages 16-18. Defendants participate voluntarily in this sentencing court after accepting responsibility for their actions in a traditional courtroom. Local judges preside over the proceedings, and teen jurors recommend sentencing. Youth volunteers also serve as attorneys and court personnel.
Youth in Monroe County, ages 14 to 18 years old, are eligible to participate in Teen Court as volunteers. Local attorneys in private and public practice also volunteer to help train youth participants, offer on-site assistance during cases and provide educational post-hearing feedback.
Youth volunteers serve in the following roles: