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Teen Court Youth Volunteer at SAY San Diego

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SAY San Diego

Calling all High School Students! We need Volunteers for Teen Court!

Do you want to:

  • Act in the role of a juror during court hearings?
  • Help get teens back on track?
  • Learn about the justice system?
  • Obtain community volunteer hours for school?
SAY San Diego’s Teen Court is designed to provide diversion services for juveniles involved with the justice system for the first time and who accept responsibility for their offense and agree to have a binding sentence selected by a jury of their peers. Successful completion of program requirements ensures that the charge will not be moved forward to Juvenile Court and the minor will not have an arrest on his/her record.

The role of this volunteer is to serve on a peer jury panel to impose a fair sentence on first time misdemeanor juvenile offenders. Jurors participate by listening to the case facts, asking questions and deliberating to come up with a set of requirements for the offender. Teen Court utilizes best practices of restorative justice (usually focusing on: repairing the harm, accountability and skill building). Jurors receive support/help/guidance from volunteer judge(s), Case Assistant(s) and the SAY San Diego Teen Court Case Manager/Staff.

Please note that cases are heard in the following three areas: Central (near I-15 and El Cajon Blvd), Downtown and Kearny Mesa.

If you are a High School student in San Diego County, we are looking for you to be a peer juror on Teen Court. We welcome students from all regions of San Diego County. We are specifically looking for students in the City Heights, and the zip codes listed below.

You can check out this video to learn a bit more:

Contact Yesenia Barragan for more information: ybarragan@saysandiego.org or 619.285.4440.

Main area for recruitment
: City Heights and Chula Vista. Other targeted zip codes include: 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92134, 92136, 92139, 92149, 92174, 92182, 91910 and 91950.

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4775 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123, US

Mission Statement

SAY’s mission is to partner with children, families, and communities to overcome barriers and create opportunities that enable them to realize and sustain their full potential.


SAY San Diego has been making a difference for children, families and communities for nearly 45 years. SAY first opened its doors in 1971 with one paid employee, a budget of $1,500, and the goal of providing prevention services to struggling youth. Since then SAY has evolved from a single focused organization to what we are today: an agency whose work encompasses more than 30 programs strengthening the whole child, whole family, and whole community.

Core Services
  • Before and after school programs and preschools
  • Juvenile delinquency prevention and diversion
  • Child abuse prevention and family support
  • Mental health counseling, case management, and youth development
  • Access to health care, employment, and self-sufficiency
  • Collaborative partnerships for military families, refugee families, and more
  • Alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse prevention
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


3 Locations-City Heights, Kearny Mesa and DowntownSan Diego, CA 92105



  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Legal (General)
  • Advocacy
  • Child Advocacy
  • Social Work


  • Teens


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers are needed from 4:30 PM - 7:45 PM on Wednesdays, at least twice a month. Volunteers are asked for a one year commitment.
  • Must be a high school student Must complete an intake packet (3 forms) Must attend a basic training Must be fair and impartial Must be willing to commit to volunteering for one year Must have reliable transportation Must be punctual

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