At present, applications for Peer Resolution volunteers are closed. However, please read below for information on the Court-annexed Peer Resolution application Programme.
It’s when the court asks a group of young people to recommend solutions for young people who find themselves before the court for minor offences.
It’s an opportunity for you to help young people.
It’s a chance for you to have a say in what happens to young people.
Keep reading below for more information on youth PR Volunteers.
At the time of application, Youth Peer Resolution volunteers must be aged 13-17, living in Trinidad and Tobago and interested in:
What Volunteer Roles can youth fill in PR?
There are 6 volunteer roles for children in court-annexed PR. They include Peer Assessors, Peer Advocates (comprising Respondent Advocates, Victim Advocates, Community Advocates), PR Support Officers and PR Marshals. Click on the following to download descriptions of each role:
Being a PR Volunteer is exciting. It is also an important responsibility that you should not take lightly. We want you to understand fully what is involved in being a volunteer so we encourage you to read the PR Volunteer Rules of Conduct and the PR Court Procedures and Instructions Guides. The PR Volunteer Rules of Conduct guide gives information about how volunteers are expected to conduct themselves. Volunteers should behave as role models to other peers, maintain a good standard of conduct and help other peers to do the same. The PR Court Procedures and Instructions guide tells you when PR hearings usually take place. It also explains what volunteers are expected to do to prepare for PR hearings as well as the actions volunteers and other persons perform during and after PR hearings.
Young people must be trained in order to become PR volunteers. The training topics include:
The Application Process
Applications are now closed, however, the following steps must be followed when applying to become a Peer Resolution youth volunteer:
You must complete the PR Youth Volunteer Application Form. Please note that you need the consent of a parent to apply. Your parent should therefore sign the Application Form in the space provided. You also need a reference letter from an adult who knows you in order for your application to be considered complete. Please note that your referee should not be a family member. Attach your reference letter to the application form before submitting.
Submit the form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at a participating court location or the JCP Office.
Drop offs should be done between the hours of 8am and 4pm on weekdays only.
There are several criteria that are used to shortlist applicants for Peer Resolution training. Applicants must:
be between the ages of 13 - 17;
have submitted the Youth Volunteer Application Form complete with their parent’s signature and an attached reference letter within the deadline given;
be willing to take part in PR training during the last wo weekends of January, 2017; and
be willing to adhere to the Peer Resolution Volunteer Rules of Conduct.
From time to time, the Court will accept applications from adults who are interested in becoming adults for the Court-annexed Peer Resolution programme. At present, no applications are being taken for adult Peer Resolution volunteers.
However, if you are 18 or over and fall into any of the following categories, you may consider applying to become an adult Peer Resolution volunteer when the application period reopens.
There are 2 types of PR volunteer roles for adults in the Court-annexed Process. They are general volunteers and trainer volunteers.
Adults must be trained in order to function as volunteers. Training topics include:
The Applications period is now closed. However, the following provides you with the usual process for applying.