Hello my name is Selena Barnes, I am the youth advocate for Hornell High Schools Youth court.
I am the one who advocates in the interest of the youth.
My responsibilities consist of conducting a interview with the respondent to obtain information about his/her hobbies, family and school life. I deliver an opening/closing statement.
The most important part of my job is to make sure the respondent feels respected and heard. It's also important that I bring attention to statements that shows the respondent feels remorse and things that would be helpful to the respondent.
My daily tasks include check hearing docket for court role, conduct pre-hearing interview the youth respondent, prepare an opening/closing statement, deliver opening argument, keep good notes, ask the respondent to clarify, remain seated during deliberation.
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