The Pasadena Police Department has applied for a $38,853 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to
help fund the Youth Accountability Board program.
The Youth Accountability Board helps juvenile offenders and juveniles who are
having difficulties at home and school reflect on their mistakes, correct their
actions and succeed in the future. Swift and appropriate consequences are
imposed on youth offenders. Parents share responsibility in the juveniles recognizing
the consequences of his/her actions and forming a foundation for better
decision making. Weekly therapy sessions enable the juveniles and their
families to find productive and healthy solutions to everyday problems.
During a typical first Youth Accountability Board meeting, a set of three
community board members meet with the troubled youth and his/her family, as
well as the investigating detective, a therapy representative and the program
coordinator. The Board reviews school attendance, grades, and attendance in
counseling sessions. Questions are asked to determine how the Board can help
support the family at home, school, and in the community. Once the Board hears
all aspects, they discuss and propose an accountability contract that addresses
the juvenile’s behavior and any other underlying issues that may have led to
them to appear in front of the board. If the juvenile and the family agree to
the contract, they must commit to the terms of the contract for five months.
Contracts require counseling, acceptable school grades and attendance,
community service, letters of apology to family and victims and monthly status
meetings with the Youth Accountability Board. Completing the program results in
no criminal record of minor’s offense and the juveniles and their family are better
prepared to face life challenges. As a follow up to their participation, referrals
are made to other mentorship programs facilitated by the Pasadena Police
Members of the Youth Accountability Board are graduates of the Pasadena Police
Department’s Citizens Police Academy who live or work in Pasadena and have
passed a background investigation and training.
Visit www.cityofpasadena.net/police/comments_webmaster.htm to comment on the grant
application for the Youth Accountability Board.