Performing community service allows youth to give back instead of take away. It is a positive and productive alternative to negative behavior.
Community service is performed as a means of “pay back” for the youth offender. Community service exposes youth to different people, places, activities, and experiences. The programs and sites where community service is performed have the ability to become a future investment for the youth in terms of employment, community and social involvement, and outreach. The scheduling of community service is safe, age appropriate, and intentional.
Working as a Team
Community service allows youth to work as a team. They see first-hand that there are consequences to their choices and behavior and soon realize that they are not the only ones who have gotten into trouble with the law and judicial systems. By choosing to participate in MARRS, individuals are given a second chance to correct their behavior through positive means. The offenders work with other youth who have committed similar offenses and often times, they rally together for a common cause for the betterment of the community. The mentoring and guidance from the staff, as well as support from their peers, encourage a change in attitude and promote a sense of community. The focus is changed from “me” to “we” and is promoted through a team effort in performing community service.
For the community, restitution, with the option of outreach, serves as a deterrent for the youth offender. The desire for these youth to commit future delinquent and criminal acts is hopefully reduced or eliminated. In many instances, businesses and retailers are the victims of the youth offenders through vandalism and shoplifting. For a retailer, the time spent by a retail associate attending a brief mediation session is far less costly than the retailer paying fees to prosecute an offender and the time he/she spends in court. As the victim, meeting face-to-face with the offender to discuss the offender’s actions, consequences, and commitment to resolve the matter has a far-reaching impact on the victim and ultimately on the community.