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Judicial Youth Corps Program

At a ceremony on Thursday August 16, 2018 in the John Adams Courthouse, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Kimberly S. Budd delivered remarks at a graduation ceremony celebrating 36 high school students from Boston, Worcester, and Springfield who participated in the Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Youth Corps (JYC) program over the spring and summer. The ceremony marked the end of an intensive 12-week internship program where students worked in positions within the court system or in court-related offices, made field trips to police stations, jails, and law firms, and participated in a mock trial in Suffolk Superior Court as part of the comprehensive educational program.

Irankunda Roza, a participant in the Springfield JYC progra, spoke on behalf of the students. She spoke of looking forward to attending college after graduating from high school to pursue a degree in a field where she could, "wake up every morning full of excitement and ready to learn."

The Judicial Youth Corps Program is an educational spring and summer internship that teaches high school students about the Massachusetts court system and rule of law. High school students are selected from large pools of applicants through a rigorous application and interview process to participate in the program. First started in Boston by former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Paul J. Liacos (Ret.) in 1991, with the help of former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland (Ret.). The Springfield program was developed through a partnership with the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), and Western New England University School of Law and financially supported by the MBA's philanthropic partner, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. In collaboration with the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Bar Association administers both the Springfield and Worcester Judicial Youth Corps programs. Samuel Charron, Esq., Assistant Director of Career Services and Public Interest Coordinator at the School of Law, is the Education Coordinator of the Springfield Program.

"Enabling these Springfield students to engage with the world of the law also enriches us as an institution," said School of Law Dean Sudha Setty. "Of course we hope to see these students in our own classrooms someday. In the meantime, they are preparing themselves to make a positive impact in whatever path they choose."