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San Joaquin County Justice System Youth Leadership Academy

For nearly 20 years, high school students from around San Joaquin County have had the excellent opportunity to learn about the Criminal Justice System through a program operated by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and the Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin.   Applications are now being taken for the 2018 Youth Leadership Academy which happens over the summer break.  Please see the attached application and cover letter for more information.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney, Public Defender, Superior Court and San Joaquin County Bar Association invite applications for the courtroom to school room, SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY JUSTICE SYSTEM YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, July 11-13, 2018

Open to all high school students, this program provides students with a unique learning experience — direct exposure to the justice system in operation. Students also have the opportunity to build professional and academic networks. Graduating from this program also looks great on your resume for college. Classes are Monday through Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon - attendance is critical. There are four components to the curriculum:

  • Classroom instruction by justice system professionals, including criminal law and procedure, alcohol and traffic laws, career assessment tools, substance abuse, teen dating violence, domestic violence, child support laws, gangs, cyberbullying and social media, the long term importance of education and other relevant topics.
  • Students will be paired with a mentor in the justice system in an area of their interest to provide personal guidance and insight into careers within the justice system.
  • Students will also observe actual court proceedings, including, civil, criminal matters, drug, family law and DUI courts.
  • Field trips will include a tour of the county jail, a live swat demonstration and a visit with the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento.

Bus passes will be available for those students who need them for transportation to and from the courthouse.

For the 2018 term, there are 25 positions available. Preference will be given to the students in the upper classes. Applications must include reference letter from a teacher and/or counselor and must be received by us no later than Wednesday, May 28, 2018.