Activities involved
Committee Member Mentoring
Requirements:
  • Intervention Record Check (formerly known as Child Welfare Check)
  • Interview
  • Police Check
  • References
  • Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Work remotely
  • Flexible in schedule

Youth Justice Committee Member

5-10 hours / monthly
Minimum 1 year term
Youth Justice Committees are an alternative to court that gives young people aged 12 – 18 a second chance on a bad decision. Section 18 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act provides an opportunity for community members to become directly involved in the administration of youth justice by forming YJCs.  

Community volunteers work with young people as well as their families, victims, the legal system, and the community, to provide an appropriate and meaningful response. 

Youth Justice Committee volunteers help young people move through and past a minor offence by holding them accountable without holding them back. With support, young people from all walks of life turn their mistakes into opportunities to grow and give back to their communities.

Youth Justice Committee volunteers interested in participating in this program must be able to commit to: 

•	Being a Youth Justice Committee (YJC) member for a minimum of 1 year
•	Completing an application and screening process
•	Attending initial and ongoing training 
•	Attending “panels”, a meeting where the young person and their family meet with YJC members (approximately 1-3 files or 5-10 hours/month)
•	Attending Committee Member meetings including Annual General Meeting (approximately 3-10 meetings per year for 1-2 hours/meeting)
•	Being willing to learn, being open-minded and ready to be challenged!
Additional Details & Skills Required
Youth Justice Committee volunteers  interested in participating in this program should have the following qualities:   	
• Be 25 or older 
• Self-aware, caring and flexible 
• A genuine desire to learn about and encourage a young person 
• A willingness to set aside expectations and judgments to allow space for a youth to express themselves openly and honestly
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
As a Youth Justice Committee volunteer you will:

•	Empower youth to have a voice, develop self-awareness and take responsibility all while avoiding a formal youth record
•	Help families by considering their needs and providing additional resources to address underlying factors leading to the offence
•	Support victims to express how the crime has affected them to help the youth repair the harm caused
•	Improve the community by having a positive impact on reducing youth crime.
Activities involved
Committee Member Mentoring
Requirements:
  • Intervention Record Check (formerly known as Child Welfare Check)
  • Interview
  • Police Check
  • References
  • Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Remote or online
  • Flexible in schedule