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Our Mission

The mission of McCullum Youth Court is to offer youth offenders a second chance, change young lives, and impact communities by providing empowering opportunities for youth in Alameda County through restorative peer justice.

Core Elements

  • McCullum Youth Court is a youth centered peer court for first time juvenile offenders. The youth offender acknowledges responsibility for the offense and is willing to accept consequences determined by their peers.
  • Offenders are represented by youth attorneys who have been trained in prosecution (to represent the victim(s) and community) and defense (to represent the offender). Cases are tried and sentences issued by a jury of peers.
  • Sentences are designed to hold the youth accountable in a meaningful, restorative manner.
  • The community service component of sentencing is designed to provide a meaningful learning experience as well as an opportunity to build relationships with other youth, supportive adults, and services or a program that can serve as a source of positive support after the youth has completed Youth Court.
  • Youth in leadership positions at youth court assist with all aspects of the Court, including case management of youth offenders, under the close supervision of professional adult staff. Professional case managers work closely with the offenders and their families to ensure effective and appropriate services are provided.
  • Youth Court maintains an expansive network of collaborative agencies in order to provide referrals for the diverse needs of our clients.
  • Youth Court serves as a steppingstone for aspiring youth attorneys and provides youth volunteers and interns an opportunity to experience themselves as positive agents in the legal system as they develop valuable civic and social skills to assist them as they pursue their dreams.
  • Youth Court actively promotes an environment that values the diversity of youth, families, communities, staff, and volunteers.
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