Thirty two youth from the four local Peer Courts, including Silverton, will experience the highs and lows of achievement by taking part in the Salem Ropes Course.
The course is made up of ropes, cables, wooden beams, tires and trees. It was designed to challenge physical, mental and emotional limits. Many of the obstacles encourage teamwork in order to accomplish specific goals.
Youth Peer Court is a youth empowerment for justice program. Youth between 12-17 years of age who have committed a first offense violation or misdemeanor are given the opportunity from the Marion County Juvenile Department to resolve the issue with one of the Youth Peer Courts. If the youth offender accepts this option, he appears before a jury of his peers. The jury consists of volunteers as well as offenders who have to complete jury duty as part of their sanction requirements. Some requirements given by the jury could be community service, apologies, essays, awareness classes, alcohol and drug assessments and more.
Youth interested in joining a Peer Court can contact Glenis Chapin, volunteer coordinator at 503-588-7990 or email: email@example.com