Mission of the West Virginia Teen Court Association
The Mission of the West Virginia Teen Court Association is to assist juvenile offenders in assuming responsibility for their behavior; to hold them accountable for their actions and to teach them to make better decisions in the future, while treating them with respect and dignity; to involve the community through volunteer programs and community service opportunities; and to promote better communication between youth, parents, schools, law enforcement agencies, and communities.
The West Virginia Teen Court Association was established in early 2006 for the purposes of:
- Providing continuing education and training for those operating Teen Courts
- Maintaining a communication network between existing Teen Courts to develop consistency between programs
- Promoting the development of other Teen Courts
- Reducing juvenile crime