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June 7, 2011

City-County Youth Court Invites New Members to Training Session

OSWEGO - The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is sponsoring a training class this summer for new members of the City and County Youth Court programs. The course will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 at the Oswego City Hall, 13 W. Oneida St., Oswego.

"Youth Court hears real cases of youthful offenders who are referred by local law enforcement agencies or schools for first time minor offenses," said Brian Chetney, county youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. "Students are trained to become judges, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys and court clerks. Members conduct hearings related to their cases and decide on the outcome and punishment for each case."

The Oswego Youth Court is a Family Court diversion program aimed at reducing juvenile delinquency in the city and county of Oswego.

"This program provides a valuable experience for its members," said Dawn Metott, city youth coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. "In addition to the benefit of helping their communities and influencing their peers in a positive way, members of Youth Court will learn or improve their public speaking, interviewing and writing skills."

The deadline to register is Friday, July 8 and space for the training is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Middle school and high school students who are entering grades seven through twelve can apply for the week-long program.

To apply, students must fill out an application, available in their school guidance office or online at: www.oswegony.org/DEPT_youth.html and mail it to Oswego Youth Court, c/o Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, 13126.

Applications can also be obtained by contacting the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext 3451or by e-mail at .

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