Established in February 2000 by the Office of the Attorney General, the Illinois Youth Court Association (IYCA) assists communities in many ways including: developing youth courts; helping to enhance existing youth court programs; and encouraging information sharing among these programs.
The IYCA is coordinated by the Office of the Attorney General and is governed by a 17-member Advisory Board comprised of youth court and juvenile justice professionals from across the state. The association’s goals are to:
PROMOTE interagency cooperation and information sharing among youth courts;
PROVIDE assistance to the youth courts in the state; and
ENCOURAGE the development of youth courts in Illinois.
Each year the IYCA sponsors an Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony and continues to be involved in other state youth court initiatives.
The Keeping Communities Safe section of the Attorney General's Web site highlights the programs and publications of the IYCA, including information on youth court legislation and a state youth court directory. In addition, there is information on training and technical assistance as well as resources to start a youth court in your community.
Find more information on the Illinois Youth Court Association click here.