GET ON TRACK
YOUTH A Board Conference ....... rather than a
BOARD A Contract ............... rather than a
In the Community .......... rather than in
t he courts
The Youth Accountability Board of' he San
Bernardino County Probation Department is
JUVENILE JUSTICE based upon the premise of "a community
response to a community problem." Through
SYSTEM'S Youth: "1 learned that people in the this program, concerned citizens in each
community actually wanted to community reach out to assist young offenders
BEST KEPT SECRET help out the offender. 1 always and their families AND 11' WORKS!
heard that there were people in
the community who want to help,
but actually seeing them in action
Made a big impact on me. "
Youth: "It taught me self-control and
facts about real life peer pressure. "
"Ideally, our task should he in organizing the
"Extremely effective. I cannot neighborhood - the grassroots level - so
say enough ahout the Conference that there is an identifiable group of responsive
Committee. Thev were sensitive, and responsible people whose aim is not living
f or themselves but for others. We will in time
fair, effective, authoritative. I
believe that not only the theft discover that that is the only path to self-fulfillment."
situation is resolved, hat as a
family, this has brought its W illiam 0. Douglas
closer. Thank You. " t
Justice oh the Supreme Cour
YOU CAN BECOME A
BOARD (YAB) VOLUNTEER
Anyone is eligible who would li ke to help young
people and . . .
• is able to communicate with t hem.
• Can be objective.
• cares about the quality of life in his, her
• passes the background check.
WHAT DOES A What training is offered and what is the
YOUTH volunteer time Commitment?
ACCOUNTABILITY YOUTH ACCOUNTABILITY • Training sessions are provided by the San
BOARD (YAB) BOARD (YAB) DO? Bernardino County Probation Department.
• Additional training is offered 2-3 times
Each y car thousands of children bet w Cell the I he Board's job is to interview t
• YABs involve one or two t hree-Dour meet-ngs per month.
ages of 1()-17, girls mill boys, rich and poor, he offenderand his or her parents, then decide upon a
have a brush with t he law . The char es? constructive accountability plan. The plan, put
I ypically t he crime is shoplifting, trespassing, i n the form of a legally binding contract, may What are the advantages of a l outh Account-bility Board? Research indicates:
possession of drugs or alcohol. fighting, contain an assignment of community service,
disturbing tire peace 01 i oyricling. skill building classes, counseling and; or • 92"u of the youth successfully complete
restitution. When the youth signs, he or she t heir contract.
I n many eases, these youth l ack the skills and agrees to fulfill the terms of the contract, or They provide early community intervention
insight they need to steer clear of trouble. be remanded t o the Juvenile Justice System. and are confidential.
\lost need to be reminded t hat each person They may save taxpayers over $1 million
i s responsible f or his trr her acts. I he mare goal of the Board is to belt young re stablish a sense of community y ea
• They maximize citizen participation u) the
values and a sense of personal responsibility J ustice system.
for their actions. • They reduce court congestion.
YABs have enormous positive impact on young
Upon t he successful completion of his/her
people, their families and the community. Please
accountability contract, the first time youthful Call if you would like to help serve young
offender benefits by avoiding an official offenders and your community through a YAB.
record of a law violation.
San Bernardino County Probation Department
MUM ACCOUNT A1311 1 I Y BOARD
San Bernardino ...(909) 387-5827/5769
Rancho Cucamonga . . . . (909) 944-4551
Victor\ ille . . . . . . . . . . . . (619) 243-8121