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World’s Most Replicated Juvenile Justice and Youth Justice Diversion Program

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Global Youth Justice, Inc.

501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Charitable Status

September 12, 2017

On September 12, 2017, Global Youth Justice, Inc. was notified by the United States Treasury that the Internal Revenue Service has Approved Global Youth Justice, Inc. as a Public Charity under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3). With this approval, Global Youth Justice, Inc. has now completed the final stage in it’s Transition from a Philanthropic-Based Limited Liability Corporation created in 2009, to an International Nonprofit Corporation with Tax Exempt Charity Status and a Board of Directors in 2017. A formal announcement will take place in the coming weeks, when Global Youth Justice, Inc. Launches a new Global Website, Announces Five (5) of the Fifteen (15) Initial Founding Board Members, and More Exciting News.



17th Global Youth Justice Training

September 26-28, 2017

Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA, USA

The 17th Global Youth Justice Training on Implementing and Enhancing a Youth Court, Teen Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury Diversion Program is this September 26-28, 2017 @ the Provincetown Inn Seaside Resort and Conference Center is 95% Filled. There will be more than 20+ Presentations from Participants to Global Youth Justice staff/board.

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El Rancho High School

California, USA

El Rancho High School Student Organizations: El Rancho TEEN COURT, MECHA, and Social Justice Club held a DACA rupport Rally at the Pico Rivera Campus in California, USA on Sept. 18, 2017.
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Global Youth Justice, Inc.
2030 Plan

On September 2015, 193 World Leaders Agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. According to the United Nations, if these Goals are Completed, it would mean an End to Extreme Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change by 2030.

Global Youth Justice, Inc. will be Joining the United Nations on the 16th Global Goal, called “Peace and Justice”. The Board of Directors of Global Youth Justice, Inc., will be making a Formal Announcement on it’s 2030 Global Goal, Objectives and Global Plan in January, 2018.


18th Global Youth Justice Training
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
January, 2018

Registration opens on October 1, 2017 for the 18th Global Youth Justice Training to Implement and Enhance a Youth Court, Teen Court, Student Court, Peer Court, Peer Jury and Youth Peer Court Diversion Programs. This new 3-Day International Training Institute will take place this upcoming January, 2018. Date, Time, Location, Registration Information and More will appear on the Global Youth Justice Website on October 1, 2017.
Global Youth Justice Website


Heather Ramos, Director
Caldwell School Youth/Peer Court
Idaho, USA

Shout Out to AWESOME Youth Justice Leader Heather Ramos (Bottom in Photo) from Idaho, USA. Heather had the privilege of starting this school district youth court diversion program in 2013, along with other amazing adult leaders in her community. Canyon Springs High School (Alternative High School) was able to establish the 1st Peer Court within Caldwell School District, and since then, every secondary school in the school district has a peer court. This also acts as a diversion program for the juvenile judicial courts. Heather is now the director for all of these programs, but still loves to run my own program at the alternative school.

Heather received her BA in Criminal Justice Administration in 2006 from Boise State University. She is currently teaching Juvenile Justice, Courts and Law, and Peer Court for Canyon Springs Alternative High School in Caldwell Idaho. She has held many roles at her school district including teaching, gang intervention specialist, homeless children advocate, family crisis intervention and now Peer Court Director. She has been married for 21 years to my husband Lupe, and they have two wonderful children Braxton (22) and Zackari (16).

Heather has just been recognized by her community, and we are so proud to call her a friend of the Global Youth Justice Family.
Heather Ramos Receives Well Deserved Award

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Stellenbosch, South Africa

Shout Out to the Student Court in South Africa. The Student Court is responsible for the resolution of student disputes, inter-society disputes and SRC constitutional matters. ​ It functions as an independent, administrative tribunal that applies the Student Constitution impartially, without fear, favour or prejudice.​
Student Court Website


Susan Wolf, Director
Fort Worth Teen Court, Inc.
Texas, USA

The Fort Worth Teen Court, Inc. is a private, non-profit public partnership with the City of Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Junior League started our program in 1986 as a totally non-profit agency. Susan Wolf (far left in photo) was hired in August 1996 and oversaw the growth of youth offenders from over 700 per year in 1996 to 2,600 in 2004. Due to the change in juvenile laws, the numbers are now steady at between 700 and 800 youth offenders per year. Fort Worth Teen Court trains up to 50 youth volunteers per year to serve as volunteer jurors and teen attorneys.

Susan’s involvement with the Teen Court program on a state level includes 2 terms as President, 2 terms as Treasurer, and 1 term as the Vice President of the Teen Court Association of Texas; in addition to serving on the committee to plan and implement, as well as hosting several times, the annual Teen Court Mock Trial competition; and teaching other courts on starting a teen court with the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center.

Susan was born in Canton, Ohio and grew up in West Bloomfield Michigan. After graduating from Western Michigan University (WMU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 Susan and her husband moved to Fort Worth in 1981 where she held managing positions at the Arlington Girls Club for 6 years, Camp Fire for 7 years and 2 years with the Texas Department of Human Services before assuming the Coordinators Position with the Fort Worth Teen Court in 1996. Susan enjoys spending free time with her husband, 2 dogs and 2 horses. Susan has been so helpful to so many people involved with Teen Court on many different levels, and Global Youth Justice is glad to call her our friend, colleague and one of the longest serving Youth Justice Leaders in the USA.
Fort Worth Teen Court Website


Global Youth Justice, Inc.
Founding Board Members
Five (5) Founding Board Members

Global Youth Justice, Inc. is a new International Nonprofit with Charitable Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) status. Founding organizational documents allow for up to fifteen (15) Board Members to be Appointed. Thus far, five (5) Board Members have been appointed to include: (1) Mr. Jonathan Halstuch (Maryland), (2) Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. (Washington, DC), (3) Ms. Amanda Quinn (Hawaii), (4) Ms. Kari Poss (Georgia) and (5) Mr. Scott Peterson (New York and Massachusetts), who both serves on the board, and is the CEO. A formal announcement will take place later in the year, along with the launch of a new website, expanded services and much more.
New Global Youth Justice Web Coming Soon



“Making the Time for Juvenile Crime”

If negative peer pressure is a primary factor in leading some youth to commit a crime, offense and/or violation, then positive peer pressure can be harnessed and redirected to become a positive force and lead other youth to adhere to the rule of law and become more productive citizens. These youth justice and juvenile justice voluntary diversion programs harness positive peer pressure and utilize it in a peer judgment setting to help address the anti-social, delinquent, and/or criminal behavior of youth.

The ‘peer judgment’ and ‘positive peer pressure’ aspects of these programs are the two (2) primary programmatic elements which separate these youth justice and juvenile justice voluntary diversion programs from all of the others. As of 2017, there are a Record 1,700+ Active Youth Court, Teen Court, Student Court, Peer Court and Peer Jury Diversion Programs on 4-Continents — with Hundreds More in Various Stages of Development. Global Youth Justice Website

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