Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Newark Teens Dedicate Themselves to Community Service on Thanksgiving

The Newark Youth Court members, trainees, and staff invite you to join them for a Thanksgiving community service activity at New Hope Baptist Church in the Central Ward. The teens and other volunteers, working under the watchful eye of New Hope’s food and clothing ministry team, will help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for the most vulnerable members of our community.  New Hope’s commitment and dedication to serving the community is not limited to the holidays. The church operates a soup kitchen that provides a hot meal to more than 75 people a day. The soup kitchen is also a partner of Newark Community Solutions, allowing offenders sentenced to perform community service on municipal court matters to give back to the community as well! If you’re interested in lending a hand, see the details in the flyer to the right.

The Newark Youth Court trains teenagers to serve as jurors, judges and advocates, handling real- life cases involving their peers. The goal of the Newark Youth Court is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses restore harm done to the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. The Newark Youth Court   hears a range of low-level offenses referred by the Newark Police Department, the Newark Municipal Court and Newark Public Schools. The majority of cases that come to the Newark Youth Court are for truancy, simple assault (fighting) and disorderly conduct. The Newark Youth Court is part of Newark Community Solutions. 

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