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Youth Court Alliance

The goal of the Youth Court Alliance is to re-engage truant students in school and divert these students and their families from entering the Magisterial District Court for truancy hearings.  Currently, Youth Court Alliance is in York City School District. Red Lion Area School District and Northeastern School District. Student volunteers go through months of training to serve as lawyers, judges, bailiffs and most importantly, as jurors who will provide dispositions aimed at reconnecting the truant youth to their school. Dispositions include jury duty, community service, research papers, and tutoring.        

York County Youth Court Alliance is a program of United Way of York County in partnership with the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative and York County Office of Children, Youth, and Families. Download the Youth Court Alliance brochure (English) (Spanish).




Youth Court Alliance wins international award

Congratulations to York County Youth Court Alliance, which has received the Program of the Year Award from the International Association of Truancy & Dropout Prevention (IATDP)!

The IATDP Program of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding, emerging, or best practice program that meets the four criteria of innovation, across system, replication, and response to mission. 

View the full press release here.



2019 Youth Court Alliance Scholarships

Congratulations to the following Youth Court Alliance volunteers, who were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship provided by United Way of York County:

  • Isha Patel — Isha will be attending Duquesne University’s School of Nursing starting in fall 2019. Her ultimate goal is to be either a NICU nurse or a travel nurse. Isha was a two-year volunteer at Northeastern Senior High School and completed over 50 hours of community service with Youth Court Alliance. She held the position of Secretary during her senior year with Youth Court Alliance.

  • Nichelle Sykes — Nichelle will be attending Central Pennsylvania Community College starting in fall 2019. Her ultimate goal is to become an OB-GYN. She hopes to transfer and attend either Morgan State or Lincoln University. Nichelle volunteered with Youth Court Alliance at William Penn Senior High School for one year and completed more than 55 hours of community service with the program.







United Way of York County hosted its 2017 Campaign Victory Celebration with over 350 guests at Wyndham Garden York.  A highlight of the evening was a spoken word performance by Youth Court Alliance President, Shaniece Wilson (pictured left). Shaniece has served as a mentor for the Youth Court Alliance over the past four years and has been so inspired by her time with the program that she crafted a custom poem specifically for United Way of York County.  Many in the audience were quite moved by her words, and we are proud to share them. CLICK HERE to view Shaniece's poem in its entirety.



Watch the videos below to see how YOUR donations are changing the lives of our inner city youth.

Youth Court Alliance Students Tackle Community Issues

Community service is a major aspect of the Youth Court Alliance program. Our youth have taken the intiative to serve the community in various ways. Recently Youth Court students were featured in an article published by the York Daily Record about the positive impact they are making in the community through service. Students in the program also worked together to form a social action project.
This project focused on working with senior citzens from Cripus Attucks and creating hand made blankets for those in need. The blankets created will be donated to animal shelters, homeless shelters, and a hospital. View photos from the Social Action Project HERE.

For more information about Youth Court Alliance, contact Elizabeth Richard, Director of Education Initiatives, at 717.771.3823 or