SAO to Pay Participants through YouthWorks in Jr. SA's 3rd Year
For Immediate Release 3/3/2017
Today, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City launched the 2017 Junior State’s Attorney program at Carver Vocational-Technical High School. During the kick-off event, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced a new partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s YouthWorks Program.
Through the partnership, rising and current 9th grade students will be paid to participate in this year’s Junior State’s Attorney Program (Jr. SA) through the Youth Works program.
Jr. SA is a six-week, summer enrichment program developed to introduce Baltimore City Public School students, from under-served and high-crime communities, to the positive aspects of the criminal justice system by introducing them to judges, prosecutors, police, sheriff deputies, forensic experts, elected officials, and more.
“Adding a job training component to Jr. SA is a major step forward in our programming,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “These young, bright scholars will gain training, experiences, and life skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
Since the start of her administration, State’s Attorney Mosby has shown her unwavering commitment to reach Baltimore’s youth before they reach the criminal justice system.
Under her leadership, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City has increased grant funding by 27 percent. One grant in particular was awarded by the Baltimore City Health Department’s Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) program in an effort to provide programming for children in Baltimore. Through this grant, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City was able to hire a Youth Coordinator to manage and expand existing programs, such as Jr. SA and Great Expectation, as well as implement additional youth programming.
“My goal is to provide this year’s class with a life-altering experience,” said newly hired Youth Coordinator, Shalik Fulton. “I want them to come away with career aspirations—and a pay check.”
At the culmination of the program, the students will participate in a mock trial to showcase the skills they have honed over the six-week duration.
In addition to Junior State’s Attorney Program, through the Crime Control and Prevention Unit, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City has also implemented Great Expectations, a program that introduces fourth and fifth grade students to the criminal justice profession. Additionally, Aim to B’More—a diversionary program for first-time, non-violent felony drug offender—impacts mostly young adults.
What is the Junior State's Attorney Program?
The Junior State’s Attorney Program seeks to provide promising middle school children, who otherwise may not be exposed to criminal justice careers, an enjoyable, hands-on learning experience in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO).
Civic engagement and community awareness are encouraged.
This positive experience promotes confidence and faith in the justice system.
Students visit the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD); Mayor’s Office; City Hall; Federal Court; State District and Circuit Courts; Fire Station and more.
Students meet with Judges, Sheriffs, Community Leaders, Law Professors, Law School Students, Assistant State’s Attorneys, Assistant Public Defenders, and other professionals.
Students observe a case develop from a 911 call, to investigation, and to trial.
Students prepare for and perform in three Mock Trials at the end of the summer heard by real Judges.
The program includes monthly Saturday meetings during the school year.
If you would like for your child to be considered for the 2017 Junior State’s Attorney’s Program, please click here. The deadline to apply is March 17th, 2017.