The Youth Aid Panel is made up of concerned, caring citizens of various
ages and professions, as well as socioeconomic and ethnic groups.
Applicants are carefully and impartially selected to represent the
community at large. Trained and certified panel members serve for one
year terms and may serve longer with appropriate performance and ongoing
Panel members are not paid for their services.
Panel members generally meet once a month for a 3-4 hour hearing session
with referred youth.
Panel members receive 24-30 hours of mandatory training on topics, including:
Communications and reflective listening skills
Dispositional alternatives available for offender referral
Impact of addictions and abuse on family systems
Interview techniques and counseling
Lancaster County Juvenile Court System
The role of police and their interaction with youth