Judicial Youth Corps helps youth in Worcester and Boston
Giving urban high school students the opportunity to learn about the legal system
Since 1991, the Judicial Youth Corps Program, administered by
the Supreme Judicial Court, has offered high school students from
urban communities the opportunity to learn about the court system
and the law.
For many years, this opportunity was made available to high
school students in Boston, Worcester and Springfield, but recently,
it has been limited to Boston as a result of lack of adequate
financial resources to provide it in all communities. In 2007, the
MBA, in cooperation with the Supreme Judicial Court, expanded the
highly successful Judicial Youth Corps Program to the city of
For 14 weeks, students work a four-day work week and are
assigned various paid internships throughout different court
departments. This provides an invaluable opportunity for students
to participate in hands-on learning in a paid internship setting.
During this same time period, students attend weekly educational
sessions that orient them on the court system and the law. Judges,
court staff and attorneys volunteered as instructors, supervisors
and mentors to these students, covering such topics as juvenile
justice, landlord/tenant issues, family law, mediation and the
appellate process. During these weekly educational sessions,
students also participated in mock trials and court hearings with
visits to courts, jails and law firms.
During the program's successful 19-year history, feedback from
both students and court personnel has always been positive.
Students see their participation in this worthwhile program not
only as educational, but more importantly, as a way to connect with
possible future mentors and to see how laws and rules can have a
positive effect on the community.
For more information about how to get involved, contact the
Community Services Department at (617) 338-0695, or [e-mail communityservices].
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