High school students with a nomination by a teacher or counselor. Applications available through counselor's office in early spring.
Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) aims to provide students with a leadership learning experience and expose them to various aspects of the justice system. These students will serve as liaisons and educate their peers about the justice system. The Academy lasts for five weeks during the summer and is designed for students with an interest in careers within the justice system.
Students will be paired up with a "Mentor" in an area of the court or a law office that matches their interests. Mentors will be assigned to each student. Mentors will be available to provide information to students concerning career development and job skills.
Students will receive class instruction by justice system professionals on areas including the court system, criminal law and procedure, traffic laws, jury service, substance abuse, statutory rape and child support laws.
Students will also observe actual court proceedings in areas including Drug Court, Family Law Court, DUI cases and domestic violence cases. In addition, the students will tour the Courthouse, County Jail, Police Department and the Third District Court of Appeals.
Successful graduates of YLA earn two units of transferable credits.