Ten students from were recently honored at the Nassau County Youth Court's first Volunteer Appreciation Event at Hofstra University.
Volunteers from across Nassau County were recognized for their dedication to the program that was administered by the District Attorney's Office.
The Youth Court's aim is to help young people stay out of the criminal justice system by requiring that the offenders, all 17 or younger, to acknowledge their wrong-doing, take responsibility for their actions and re-connect with their community.
The student volunteers dedicated themselves to helping their peers learn from their transgressions. They were also trained by the DA’s Office to take on the roles of prosecutor, defense attorney, bailiff, clerk and juror during Youth Court hearings.
“It is inspiring to see the hard work and dedication these young men and women have put into the Youth Court," District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. "The results of our Youth Court hearings are proof that the future of our criminal justice system is in good hands."
The following students were honored:
- Kaitlyn Berkowitz
- Stephanie Heim
- Lauren Melandro
- Daniella Monniello
- Michael Pepe
- Amanda Romeo
- Justin Schloss
- Jessica Stauber
"They have served as role models for their classmates and their communities and I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish next,” Rice said.Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories just like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Fast signup here.