WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The White Plains Youth Bureau in cooperation with the White Plains Cares Coalition will host a graduation and mock trial honoring thirteen graduates for their completion of an eight-week training on Thursday, Jan. 23.
The honorees will be showcasing their talents and expertise as Youth Court Professionals in the lobby of the White Plains Department of Public Safety, at a mock trial event to take place prior to the graduation ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Each graduating member has served on an actual juvenile diversion court case in various roles as part of their training experience.
The training to become a youth court member involves six to eight weeks of instructional and hands-on preparation. The training is administered by program staff, City and County Court justices, local law enforcement and legal professionals.
“The experience provided by this Youth Court will have a positive and long-term impact on the teens who participate because it will give them an opportunity to see firsthand all aspects of our legal system," White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach said in a statement. "Participation requires commitment and dedication. It makes me especially proud to see these young people graduate, for they are great examples of those characteristics, and this Youth Court is a great example of the kind of positive opportunities we try to provide for youth here in White Plains.”
The White Plains Department of Public Safety is at 77 South Lexington Ave.