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Youth Transforming Justice - San Mateo County

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Are you a San Mateo County Teen in Grade 6-12 who wants to help divert youth from the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice System? Peer Restorative Solutions is a youth-driven approach to restorative, rather than punitive, juvenile justice. We work to build positive, transformational relationships, empathy, and community problem-solving skills with County youth who would otherwise enter the juvenile justice system and with each other.

We offer paid fellowships to youth who come from communities most impacted by the juvenile justice system. To sign up, please go to A Youth Leadership Team is currently being put together. If you are interested, you can apply via this form: No prior training or experience is required. For additional information on Peer Court and/or the Youth Leadership Team, please contact Austin Willis, San Mateo County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commissioner, at:

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About Youth Transforming Justice - San Mateo County


1976 Ticonderoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402, US

Mission Statement

Youth Transforming Justice exists to: - Divert teens who might otherwise enter the school-to-prison pipeline or the formal criminal justice system for low-level offenses - Provide a restorative, positive, skill-building, supportive environment for those teens and their families - Create a vibrant youth-experience for all teens who participate in our program - either as a diverted teen or as a member of the Peer Solutions team


We are recruiting teens to participate in Youth Transforming Justice. Our group has contracts with police departments, Probation, and school districts to divert teens with low-level offenses who might otherwise become system-involved. Part of the program is a peer court. We have a particularly restorative focus that not act like a typical peer court. We follow Marin County's YTJ model which has a 90% completion rate and a 7% recidivism rate for offenses referred by Marin County Probation. Our goal is for teen participants who have had trouble with the law to want to become leaders in the organization. We offer paid fellowships for teens from communities most affected by the juvenile justice system.

The program is voluntary and requires youth and parent commitments. The referred teen:

  • Participates with parents in an intake meeting, Drug and Alcohol Harm Reduction Training, family discussions and healing, and the exit interview
  • Experiences Peer Restorative Solutions (peer court), restorative circles, or both and serve on the peer court
  • Connect with their community through meaningful community engagement (not picking up trash!)

Two therapeutic adults are on-staff to lead the more intense therapeutic program components, to provide restorative justice and leadership training and mentoring, and to facilitate the many aspects of the organization that are peer led.

Advocacy & Human Rights
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We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations San Mateo, CA 94403



  • Youth Services
  • Advocacy
  • Community Outreach
  • Spanish
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving


  • Kids
  • Teens


  • Must be at least 11
  • Orientation or Training
  • You choose your time-commitment and availability. You can sign-up to serve on evening peer hearings (about once/week). You can also become deeply involved in the organization and put in lots of time. Zoom, East Palo Alto, and San Mateo locations.
  • We are looking for thoughtful, welcoming teens with an awareness of and commitment to social justice and the well-being of others.

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