Community Relations

Oneida County Youth Court maintains a strong relationship with the communities it serves as well as with the entire county, particularly through

Advisory Boards - The youth courts of Camden, Rome and Waterville each have an advisory board.  Each board is charged with making the initial contacts within each community.  The board is responsible for establishing a strong reputation for the youth court program prior to, coinciding with, and after the first case is heard in each community.  Each board works with the Director to develop a list of community service options to be performed by each offender.  The board also works with the Director to publicize the program to the community.  While the Director maintains strong relations with countywide media outlets, advisory boards often possess the strongest links to local media channels, especially in rural areas.  The advisory board is also responsible for developing and organizing fundraising campaigns to benefit local youth court volunteers.

Frequent Updates to Communities - The Youth Court Director maintains vigorous contacts with members throughout the community.

  • A monthly/bimonthly newsletter is sent out to public servants, concerned citizens and all people or organizations affiliated with the youth courts of Camden, Rome, Utica or Waterville.
  • The Director also ensures that county officials are kept informed on the program and its significant issues and progress.
  • The Director acts as a vocal supporter of the program to communities with and without youth courts.  Teachers, professors, towns, villages and service organizations (Rotary and Oneida County Bar Association) are a few of the groups that have requested the Youth Court Director to explain the program to their respective population.
  • The Director obliges requests, as he has spoken to Madison and Herkimer County representatives about steps they could take to institute a similar program.  He also spoke to the New York State Assembly Republican Task Force on Urban Crime and he has appeared as a frequent guest on a local radio show ("Legally Speaking").

Service Projects - Youth Court offenders and volunteers also participate in special service projects.  In 2005, the Director organized a three-day National Youth Service Day project (April 15-17).  In total, 60 youth cleaned and painted the communities of Camden, Rome and Utica.  This type of project gave the volunteers and program great publicity, made further inroads in each community, and should provide a wonderful precedent for future youth court service projects or collaborations.  Youth Court volunteers did a great service in return for some chips and refreshments, as well as some media coverage from print and television stations in each community.