Several years ago, a former principal was instrumental in introducing the firm to the beneficial work provided by the Centerforce Youth Court (CYC) (formerly the McCullum Youth Court). We have continued in this tradition of involvement and participation with the Centerforce Youth Court.
The mission of the CYC is to enable all youth to realize more fully their potential by offering youth offenders a second chance through restorative justice, peer accountability, and empowering opportunities. Centerforce Youth Court engages all youth — especially those at risk for entering the juvenile justice system — in expansive experiences related to law and justice with the aim of changing young lives and impacting communities towards a better present day.
Based in Oakland, CYC was founded in 1994 to fill a gap in services for youth at risk for incarceration by providing early intervention and diverting first time youth offenders from the traditional juvenile justice system. Today, the agency reaches 3,000 youth and families each year, including 300 youth offenders. Using a peer justice model for youth offenders, and providing law and justice related experiential programming for middle and high school students, CYC is in a dynamic period of strategic growth.
The firm has provided its office space in Oakland as well as office supplies and materials for CYC activities.