The Youth Aid Panel program in Manheim Township and East Petersburg began in 1993 as an alternative program for dealing with youthful first-time offenders. After admitting guilt and being approved for the program, the youth is handled outside the juvenile court system by the panel. The juvenile case is reviewed by the assigned panel, the offender and his/her parents.
The panel provides a means to increase the accountability and responsibility of youths for their actions, while satisfying the victim of the youth’s delinquent actions. Currently there are approximately 34 volunteers comprising 4 panels.
For more information please contact the Youth Aid Panel program at the MTPD.