Councilman Mark Cuthbertson addresses youth court inductees and their families.
The Huntington Youth Court today inducted 71 new student
members at a Town Hall ceremony. Huntington Youth Court is now in it's second
year of operation and participating high schools include Huntington, Northport,
Walt Whitman, Harborfields, and Half Hollow Hills East High Schools.
The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Mark
Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing
teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about
the legal and court process. The program works with high school volunteers who
serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for
first-time, non-violent offenders.
"There is nothing quite so powerful as teenagers learning from one another,"
Cuthbertson said. "Through positive peer interaction we hope to provide valuable
educational experience for both youthful offenders and Youth Court volunteers. I
am hopeful that all of the young people involved will get a lot out of the time
they spend of this project and that they will go back to their schools and speak
to others about it."