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36 Students Graduate From Yorktown Youth Court

The graduates of the Yorktown Youth Court.
The graduates of the Yorktown Youth Court. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Alliance For Safe Kids Youth Court in Yorktown has some new members.

The 36 new graduates, students from Yorktown and Lakeland, were honored in a ceremony Wednesday night at Yorktown Justice Court that was attended by Yorktown local dignitaries and school district leaders.

“The local community was truly exceptional in supporting this program when our own Yorktown Justices, police and local attorneys contributed their time and expertise,” NancLevin added. “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn and grow and this year was an excellent experience for all.”

Alexander Cignarella, an 8th grader at Strang Middle School said he joined youth court because he was interested in studying criminal justice and law enforcement.

"“Reading about a career gives you an idea of what it's like, talking about it with someone gives you even greater insight, but nothing compares to actually doing it," Cignarella said. "I want to experience the justice system first hand, from the right side of the bench.”

Sean Russell, a sophomore at Lakeland High School, said he joined because he likes to give back to his community and make a difference in people's lives.

"By joining youth court, I'd like to use and improve my leadership skills in working with my peers and with youth offenders," Russell said.

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