National Volunteer Week showcases Juvenile Arbitration volunteer in Aiken
This past week was National Volunteer’s Week and the director of the Second Judicial Circuit Juvenile Arbitration Program wanted to recognize one of her own.
National Volunteer’s Week is an annual celebration observed in many countries, to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism and volunteering.
Nina Spinelli, director of the Juvenile Arbitration Program, wanted to show her appreciation for volunteer Vince Brumfield.
Brumfield has been arbitrator for two years with the program.
“It’s given me the opportunity to give back to the community and an opportunity to try and make a difference,” Brumfield said.
The Juvenile Arbitration Program is a community-based program that provides fast-track accountability for first-time youthful offenders charged with committing a non-violent crime, Spinelli said.
“The goal is to keep these juveniles out of the courts and give them a second chance,” Spinelli said.
The way the program works is by diverting juveniles participating in the program from the formal justice system by moving them into an arbitration hearing or conference with trained volunteer arbitrators who monitor the youths’ progress.
Brumfield said his best experience with Juvenile Arbitration was when he “saw evidence that youth completed their sanctions and were moving in the right direction.”