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American Bar Association Youth Court Training Package
Based on the National Youth Court Guidelines, these instructional resources for youth court staff offer high-quality materials for training youth court volunteers. The Youth Volunteer Training Package materials may be purchased as a packaged set or individual items can be ordered. Specify the Product Code Number (PC#) when ordering. Discounted rates are available for bulk orders on volunteer handbooks.  Click here to visit the ABA Youth Court document resources store

Guide for Trainers with lessons for all youth court models on topics such as the American justice system, balanced and restorative justice, conducting a hearing, and deliberating on a disposition.

“Getting the Most Out of the Deliberation Process” 

(American Probation and Parole Association/Council of State Governments in (April 2002; Video features two 20-minute segments; Facilitator Guide, 13 pages)
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This interactive video features two 20-minute scenarios designed to help educate youth court volunteers, especially new jurors and judge panelists, on some issues they should consider to help them determine a fair, appropriate, and restorative disposition (i.e., sentence) for youth court defendants/respondents. The deliberation process is one of the most important components of a youth court hearing. The disposition recommended by youth jurors or judges should have components that will help the defendant/respondent understand his/her actions; offer opportunities to make amends and appreciate and repair the harm that he/she caused; and increase his/her skills, competencies, and ties to the community.

The video comes with a Facilitator Guide that includes a lesson that youth courts can follow when using the video to instruct and educate their volunteers.

Street Law for Youth Courts: Educational Workshops 
Lena Morreale Scott
(2001; Revised 2002; Revised 2006)
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Developed by Street Law, Incorporated , through a subcontract with the National Youth Court Center and OJJDP, Street Law for Youth Courts: Educational Workshops is designed as an information resource for youth courts when establishing their educational workshops/programs.  These interactive lessons focus on the most frequent offenses for which youth are referred to youth court: theft, possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana, vandalism, and traffic violations.  The lessons include instructor’s guides, lesson plans, and handouts for youth participants.  The lessons are designed to initiate a law-related education program as sentencing options for youth court offender.  The lessons also may be used to train youth court volunteers.

Giving Back: Introducing Community Service Learning 
Improving Mandated Community Service for Juvenile Offenders
Charles Degelman, Keri Doggett, and Gregorio Medina
(2002; revised 2006; 104 pages)
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Developed by Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles and Chicago through a grant from the OJJDP, this updated and revised manual gives youth courts and other juvenile-justice agencies the tools they need to apply school-based service-learning methods to court-mandated community-service. Giving Back provides skill-building strategies and materials to introduce juvenile offenders to basic concepts of community and community problems and offers three options for planning and implementing community service-learning projects specifically designed to deal with ten offenses that youth courts and other juvenile-justice agencies most frequently address.

Youth Court Training for Results
Technical Assistance Bulletin
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