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Posted on: January 8, 2021

City seeks Teen Court applications

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The city of Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department is currently accepting applications for the Surprise Youth Justice Project (SYJP), a program for high school students committed to increasing the availability of restorative justice opportunities for young people.  

SYJP, in partnership with Maricopa County and Surprise City Court, engages students in the justice process by providing opportunities to participate in Teen Court, a diversion program for juvenile offenders, where cases are assessed by a collection of their peers and appropriate consequences are determined. 

Students must be in 9-12th grades and attending high school within the Surprise city limits or reside within Surprise city limits to be eligible to participate.

Interested students must be able to attend trainings and participate in Teen Court which is held the last Tuesday of each month from 3:00-5 p.m.

To apply, applicants must submit a video submission, no longer than 1 minute and 15 seconds, that includes the following information:

  • Name, grade and school 
  • What is justice?
  • Why do you want to be a part of this project?

Video submissions must be shared from Google Drive to Youth Services Coordinator Donte Scroggins at cityofsurpriseyouth@gmail.com.

Applicants must also have a parent or guardian email a completed Parent Acknowledgement Form to cityofsurpriseyouth@gmail.com

The video submission and Parent Acknowledgement Form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2021.

For questions or more information, please contact Donte Scroggins at 623.222.1029 or donte.scroggins@surpriseaz.gov.

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