BATAVIA — The Genesee County Youth Court is recruiting new members.

Youth Court is a voluntary alternative for young people who face disciplinary action through school or law enforcement.

Its members are in eighth to 11th grades, county officials said in a news release.

Youth who are referred admit to the charge and appear before a court of their peers.

Three youth judges listen to both sides of the issue and determine an appropriate disposition. The goal is to improve youth citizenship skills and decrease problematic behavior.

Youth Court members learn about the judicial process and law enforcement; develop group decision-making, leadership and public speaking skills; participate in all roles of the courtroom, including judge, prosecution, defense, and bailiff.

Interested Genesee County youths may download an application at www.co.genesee.ny.us. A link can be found on the Youth Bureau page.

Applications are due Aug. 2.

Interviews of potential candidates will take place in August and September. Training will begin in October.

For more information about the Genesee County Youth Court, contact Chelsea Elliott at (585) 344-3960.

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