TEEN COURT OVERVIEW
Teen Court is an innovative diversion program for first-time juvenile offenses. It is a real court that is run entirely by teen volunteers. We organize around youth empowerment and restorative justice. Justice for youth by youth!
Youth-led restorative practices have the potential to harness the collective knowledge of youth to shape plans of repair that are achievable and aim to draw youth further into the community, rather than ostracizing or marking youth as undesirable.
In addition to equipping youth with valuable skills, Teen Court also allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of harm and focus on skill-building, affirmation, accountability, and positive behavioral growth, rather than mere punitive discipline.
Humboldt County Teen Court has been a program of the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods since 2001. And in 2023, we expanded with a new location in Fortuna. We partner with the Humboldt County Superior Court, Probation, law enforcement, schools, and community agencies to deliver healthy services to our community. Youth Courts are a national movement.
FORTUNA TEEN COURT OFFICE: Located at the United Methodist Church, 922 N Street (enter office back behind church on 10th st)
HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
Fortuna YOUth CHOOSE: Prevention for Substance Using Teens. Call/Text for appointment
TEEN VOLUNTEERS in Fortuna
If you are in 8th-12th grade and interested in becoming a Fortuna Teen Court volunteer, you can email/text/call us about an opportunity to observe a hearing before making a commitment to apply. You can also just watch the orientation video to learn more, and then get in touch with us to ask any questions. Or do the 3 easy steps below and start volunteering right away!
3 Easy Steps to Start Volunteering:
You’ll still need to attend our 2-hour jury training when it is offered, typically held in the fall and spring. But you can start volunteering with us right now.