Parents, Educators/Teachers & Students in Action



In partnership with the LA Superior Court, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) provides youth juror training for a specialized Teen Court, focusing on bullying incidents rooted in prejudice and bias. The SHADES (Stop Hate And Delinquency by Empowering Students) program's goal is to train youth participants to serve as informed and effective jurors.

Teen Court is an intervention program which provides selected juvenile offenders with the opportunity to be questioned, judged, and provided a sentencing plan by a jury of their peers. The program diverts young people from the formal court system and promotes restorative justice through innovative sentencing. The Judge David S. Wesley LASC Teen Court Program operates at over 40 Los Angeles County high schools and is the largest and fastest growing network of teen juror justice in the country. Through SHADES, the student jurors and their adult partners promote understanding of the negative impact of bias on the community, and advance hate crime and incident prevention through new community service sentencing.

SHADES is the recipient of several recent awards for its contributions to the Los Angeles community and as an innovative and alternative model for juvenile justice.

Museum of Tolerance Youth Juror Training Summer Institute:

The Youth Juror Training Institute is a five-day summer program. Students are divided into groups of 30, to engage in a series of interactive activities and educational workshops led by a professional facilitator. The headquarters for the program is the Museum of Tolerance‘s Youth Action Lab, complete with media walls, anonymous voting devices, multi-purpose rooms and state of the art AV equipment. The program concludes with a ceremony for family and friends where students receive certificates of completion.

Institute Objectives:

  • Understand the meaning of hate and bias and identify the forms it takes
  • Gain greater self-awareness of personal biases and be sensitive to how these biases can impact judgment
  • Enhance empathy for people different from ourselves and gain greater comfort with multiple perspectives
  • Learn new communication skills, including effective questioning, active listening and respectful communication styles
  • Brainstorm and research ideas for creative and constructive alternative sentencing promoting meaningful offender education and involve students in hate prevention initiatives at their schools

Incidents that are motivated by hate, bias, or sexual identity are referred to PESA by middle and high schools, law enforcement, probation or elsewhere to have the matter handled by the SHADES Program. For further information on the SHADES Program or to refer an incident, please email PESA at: or call (800) 894-7201.

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