Marin Youth Court, a restorative justice program, was established in 2004 at the YMCA San Francisco-Marin. MYC has worked with nearly 1,300 teens and their families, helping young people take accountability for their poor choices while keeping them out of the juvenile justice system.
More than 95% of those entering the program completed the requirements and the recidivism rate is 7%.
As of July 1, 2020, the restorative justice team separated from the YMCA and is operating independently. The new name is Youth Transforming Justice (YTJ), which will continue to run MYC and Suspensions Alternatives programs in the San Rafael schools. YTJ will also run a drug and alcohol harm reduction program and launch a youth advocacy/lobbying component focused on transforming the juvenile justice system.
“Marin Youth Court for 16 years was one program and we are thankful for the partnership with the Y,” said YTJ Associate Director Julie Whyte. Youth Transforming Justice is an expansion of the work done by her, Restorative Justice Associate Antonio Zavala and Don Carney, who is executive director of YTJ and the founder of the Marin Youth Court.
The non-profit status has been filed and is awaiting approval. Until then, YTJ will have the JoMiJo Foundation as its fiscal sponsor.
Contributions can be made via check to ‘The JoMiJo Foundation/Youth Transforming Justice,’ 369-B Third St. #114, San Rafael, CA 94901.