The NL Coalition of Youth Justice Committees (Extrajudicial Sanctions – EJS), promotes communications between all youth justice committees and provides support, strength and a collective voice on important issues pertaining to the administration of Extrajudicial Sanctions in this province. An EJS program is a community-based alternative to court for young persons between 12 and 18 years of age.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- To facilitate, liaison and communications among Youth Justice Committees across the province.
- To act as a general clearinghouse for information on program content, training, recruitment of volunteers / staff, etc.
- To organize Annual General Meetings of the EJS programs in conjunction with the Department of Child, Senior and Social Development.
- To engage in public awareness activities.
- To facilitate the establishment of EJS program standards.
- To provide a vehicle for the development of consensus around relevant issues for EJS standards.
The Coalition is made up of elected representatives from each of the five regions in the province. Representation is as follows:
- St. John’s
- Eastern I
- Eastern II
- Central I
- Central II
- Western I
- Western II
To facilitate communication and support, the coalition seeks advice from the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development – Child and Youth Services Branch; the Crown’s Attorney’s Office; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
OPERATIONS of the COALITION
The executive of the Coalition is elected by its eight regional representatives. The officers include a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.
- Each provincial committee in good standing may nominate a person from its area for election to the Coalition. At that time, committees will submit a list of active members for voting purposes.
- If only one person is nominated, that person will be elected by acclamation.
- If an election is required, a ballot will be conducted in the area.
- Representatives are elected for a four year period and may be re-elected.
- A representative may be asked to resign after missing three consecutive meetings without just cause.
- To inform committees of coalition policies, programs, etc.
- To seek advice on Coalition issues from committees. To become informed on all coalition matters and to attend meetings and to serve on committees.
- To act as a liaison between regional committees and the coalition.
The Coalition meets three (3) times per year (funding permitted) and may hold monthly teleconferences. One (1) of these meetings is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. The AGM combines educational content for members and policy making business for the Coalition.