The Township’s Peer Jury program provides an opportunity for youth to serve as Peer Jurors.
Each year a $1,500 scholarship opportunity is made available to graduating seniors who served as volunteer peer jurors. In 2014, Stephanie Kurensky of Wilmette was awarded the New Trier Township Peer Jury Scholarship. She is pictured here with her parents Mark and Beth.
Who are the Peer Jurors?
Peer Jurors are high school age volunteers, students at local public and private schools. With their parents' permission and the recommendations of school advisors, they have completed a rigorous training. (New Trier Township's training is a model for other communities.) At present there are about 40 jurors who serve in small groups. They have signed an oath to abide by the program standards and maintain confidentiality about all proceedings. The juries meet once or twice a month, depending on case load. The identities of the peer jurors are confidential as are the identities of the offenders.
To serve on the Peer Jury and render decisions concerning appropriate sentencing of youth referred to the program by local police departments; to provide follow-up and closure with regard to youth performance of community service and other sentences. Download a Peer Jury Information Packet and complete the application. For more information on Peer Jury, call 847-446-8203 or email Community Services Administrator.
- Attend New Trier Township public or private High School (New Trier, Loyola, Regina Dominican or North Shore Country Day)
- Live in New Trier Township
Possess an interest in helping peers
- GPA of better than 2.0 (C+)
- No misdemeanor arrest or felony arrest during last six months
- Good judgement, character and reputation
- Interest in program should be initiated by teen and have parental or guardian approval
- Recommendation letter from school advisor
- Ability to work with police, other teens and community representatives
- Willingness to respect and maintain confidentiality requirements and observe proper court decorum
- Participates in peer jury training sessions
- Attends monthly meeting of peer jury
- Questions offenders and determines appropriate sentence
- Reviews offender performance of assigned sentence
- Acts as spokesperson for the court
Peer Juror applications are received, reviewed, and approved by the Peer Jury Coordinator and recommendations are forwarded to the local police departments. Each jury applicant will be interviewed by either the Coordinator or the Community Services Administrator. A police officer will also be present at juror interviews.
- All peer jurors must have parental permission to participate.
- All peer jurors sign a contract specifying their obligations as members of the Peer Jury Program.
How Do I Apply?
Peer Jury applications are taken on an on-going basis. Jurors can expect to be contacted in the spring when training for a new class of jurors will begin. Thank you for your interest.
Download a Peer Jury Information Packet and complete the application. For more information on Peer Jury, call 847-446-8203 or email Community Service Administrator.