Volunteers Needed for Youth Aid Panel

The Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department is searching for volunteers to staff the Chambersburg Youth Aid Panel. The Youth Aid Panel serves as an alternative to juvenile court for first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders. The Panel meets on Thursday evenings to hear cases. Volunteers act as a team of informal judges who decide how a juvenile offender can repair the harm caused by their delinquent act.

This program has been active in Franklin County for 20 years. Many of our volunteers have served on the panel for 3 years or more. Once you attend the training class, only one meeting per month and occasional phone contact with the juveniles is required. This is a rewarding opportunity that is not time consuming! Please review the requirements. If you are interested, please go to https://franklincountypa.gov/index.php?section=juvenile-probation_diversion-programs_the-youth-aid-panel - print and complete the application. Return it to
Youth Aid Panel Coordinator, Dora Housekeeper (dshousek@franklincountypa.gov), by mail, or in person.

 18 or older
 Able to obtain Pennsylvania clearances for working with children (no disqualifying
arrests, no child abuse history)
 Must be of good moral character
 Able to work with a group to reach a consensus on appropriate obligations for offenders.
 Able to communicate professionally with offenders and their families.
 Available at least one Thursday evening each month.
 Able to attend training as scheduled with the Youth Aid Panel Coordinator