NORTH STAR YOUTH COURT

Rating: 4.67 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: PO Box 82147 Fairbanks AK 99708 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth court is a fun and interactive way to learn about the justice system and at the same time helping to get kids who made a mistake back on their feet. The entire courtroom is youths (attorneys, judges, clerks) but the youth court has real attorneys to teach the training and appear in court with you in case there is some kind of problem that can't be resolved easily. The youth court is an amazing program that I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to try and get involved with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met a lot of new people since I joined youth court some I clicked with some not so much. I also learned a lot about the law since I joined.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience has made me feel like I am finally making a difference.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Youth court is a fun interactive way to let you become a attorney at law. This organization lets you get a taste of what life in the court room is really like. I love youth court i have always wanted to be a law attorney and this was the perfect taste of law that I've always wanted. Youth court is real cases with real people with real crimes! if want to be involved in the law early this is perfect for you.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

I contacted North Star Youth Court for help with parent/teen mediation. Betty Noreen arranged an appointment the next day which was critical for our tighht schedule. They provided a safe non judgemental place for me, my son, his dad and stepmom to each tell our story and try to resolve our conflict. While we were not able to reach an agreement, just having a chance to talk helped us avoid escalation of our conflict. Thank you so much to our mediators for listening.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attempting to resolve conflict

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with this program for five years and loved every minute of it. An incredible organization that focuses on helping the youth in our society. I love the feeling of doing something useful with my time that makes me want to do something other than play video games all day. The program really offers something to do and a reason to do it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The youth that we helped. Knowing that they have a second chance on everything they do really makes this program something special.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work on having a more involved body. I know that it isn't easy to motivate kids into doing something useful, but getting over 50% of the bar to be regularly taking cases would be great.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

It was so easy and such a pleasure to support the North Star Youth Court of Fairbanks during my stay in Fairbanks, Alaska. My son has been active in the North Star Youth Court of Fairbanks, Alaska for over a year. This program is outstanding! The staff, Angela and Denise are awesome people who demands independence and proactive engagement from the students. The foundation that the children who volunteers in the program receives is priceless. I am moving to Anchorage, Alaska and only hope for a well-organized and helpful program like the one in Fairbanks.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The positive results are shown in the interest that my son displays to learn about the law. In addition, this method of showing children the consequences of doing the wrong thing will provide a lasting impression

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding for additional trips related to law

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am working on starting a peer court in Georgia, and I grew up in Alaska, so I contacted North Star to get information about their operations. I spoke with Denise and Angela, who were helpful and supportive. They offered recommendations and shared some of the problems they have faced and how they overcame those problems. I appreciate them taking time out of their day to share their expertise with me!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally benefited from receiving tips and information from the staff about how North Star operates in a town that is similar in size to the town I am looking to start a peer court.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't have any recommendations. They seem to be doing a good job. I am impressed with their ability to do not only youth court but also peer mediation as well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

With my family being involved in the justice system, my mother thought it would be a great idea for me to try Youth Court... and that is how I got here three years ago. Starting out as an attorney fresh out of the bar class, I was scared! But luckily, the class I had just taken prepared me for everything, just like the senior attorneys helped. Once I became more involved, I saw just how many activities Youth Court participated in in the community, and how much influence we have on teenagers. I specifically saw this when I became a judge, and being in charge of deciding these mis- guided teens' futures. Youth Court, specifically North Star Youth Court, is a unique opportunity in which everyone involved can benefit. It is a fantastic option for teens who made a one time mistake, and to be helped by their peers. For those of us on this side of the law, North Star Youth Court is not only a place where we can delve into the practice of law, and help the community, while nurturing out peers, but it also gives us a great small community in which we can be serious, or laugh. All in all, North Star Youth Court is a fabulous opportunity, and a dynamic influence on all people who are involved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

judging teens just like me, who just need guidance. Also, being able to share with my friends what happens to a teen who breaks the law.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would create more outreach, trying to prevent alcohol and substance abuse, and other crimes.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I have been in Youth Court for over two years now and I love it. I actually found Youth Court through a friend and begged my mom to let me join. I love helping people and that is what Youth Court is all about.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i have watched a the people who come through and even though i personally have never done any thing it has helped me become a leader.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i wouldn't change anything.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I first came across Youth Court when...well actually, my mom came across it. I took the training, thinking it was just a chance to learn more about law. Little did I know it was an organisation that dealt with youth crime. To say that I dove in head first would be a drastic overstatement. But, when I got it into my head that not every case is a trial, then I began to be more involved. And here I am now, much smarter because of Youth Court.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know more about the law because of Youth Court than I ever thought I would! Plus, to put Youth Court on a resume is really good, too.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could do one thing for Youth Court, I would advertise it more. Which would lead to more volunteers and funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

North Star Youth Court (NSYC) truly is an exceptional organization. As a former Board member, it was my honor to assist in decisions that fostered a program that empowers youth from all social strata while teaching respect for the law and positive citizenship. As the parent of a young man who volunteered with Youth Court, I was able to witness first-hand the positive impact on responsibility, public speaking abilities, and overall self-confidence this program instills. In essence, this organization quite literally helps to develop our next generation of youth leaders. It is an outstanding asset to our community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my son's self-confidence increase dramatically.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its budget so that it can grow and touch more childrens' lives.

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