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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: North star youth court's purpose is to educate students about the legal system, mediation and substance abuse, and promote community service through participation in a youth court. It aims to reduce the recidivism rate of offenders through an immediate and direct response to juvenile crime.

Programs: North star youth court operates a juvenile diversion program in which youth are the judges, lawyers, jurors,court officers and defendants. The community donated services, goods and rent valued at $14,731 during fye 6/30/2015.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Domenik D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

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.

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Daniel P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been in youth court for two years now. I have served as both defense and prosecuting attorney. I feel that the people involved with youth court really take time to help those in need. I enjoy the hard work that every day people, mostly teenagers like myself, put into this organization. I have seen young people grow and have watched what others have done with their choices.





Youth court has allowed me to learn lessons from other people's experience as well as help others in a fun and productive way. I enjoy working with this program and am proud to have met such hard working and honest people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

North Star Youth Court and Mediation is a phenomenal community organization, and I am proud to have been volunteering with them since January 2006. I grew up in North Pole and Fairbanks, Alaska, and partied quite hard from a young age. I experienced numerous problem incidents, unwanted sexual encounters, and barely escaped death from alcohol before I finally quit drinking in July 2004. As NSYC developed their Alcohol Awareness Class for first-time offending minors charged with MCA or possession, they asked me to be the class's guest speaker. Since this organization seeks to inform, educate and empower young offenders rather than talk down to them or berate them, NSYC figured the students would likely relate to my experiences, feel comfortable enough to ask tough questions, and hopefully learn vicariously through me. They also structure the class to be as educational and fun as such a class can be, led by youth volunteers who are committed to helping their peers. From the students' immediate reactions to my story, positive class evaluations, and a number of students who have personally contacted me after classes, I am confident this Alcohol Awareness Class is providing an extremely positive alternative to sending youth offenders through the sometimes imposing and often expensive District Court and Juvenile Justice systems.

As my involvement with NSYC continued, my passion for the organization deepened. I truly believe in the mission of NSYC&M, and I greatly appreciate its commitment to so many levels of our community: youth offenders, youth and adult volunteers, and the betterment of our community as a whole. NSYC&M realizes that restorative justice, educating and empowering people who have made mistakes, and promoting community service and youth leadership leads to a healthier community where youth encourage their peers to make positive choices, hold themselves accountable, and have a higher code of responsibility. Past youth volunteers have become nurses, politicians, teachers and community activists. Past youth offenders have become volunteers within NSYC--or chosen to share their stories with others to help them learn lessons vicariously. Fairbanks has seen a lowered rate of youth recidivism. I have witnessed a society of youth that seeks knowledge and wants to make informed decisions rather than feel peer pressured or blindly choose to drink at the young ages that my peers did.

North Star Youth Court is an example of an ideal nonprofit organization that is truly committed to its community. I wholeheartedly support and promote this organization--and am even trying to become an official board of directors member this month (December 2010)!

Review from Guidestar