The AKYR
Self-Advocac
Project


AKYR provides assistance to ticketed at- risk youth who are under the age of 18 at the time of receiving the citation through the sharing of research methods and techniques.  The program is designed to help youth research the current charges associated with their citation, possible conviction ramifications, how to obtain evidence against them and plea options. In addition, it is the goal of AKYR to incorporating information to improve decision-making and critical thinking skills.
 
  • · Familiarity with etiquette protocols of the court system
  • · Knowledge to acquire comprehension of charges and ramifications 
  • · Self-reflection tools that support good decision-making 
 
It is the goal of AKYR to provide individuals with basic reading comprehension, and personal reflection through journaling, along with social etiquette to enable a successful defense.  AKYR recognizes the adversity and peer pressure faced by teenagers.  Education for at-risk youth is an ongoing need as long as young people engage in irresponsible activity resulting in receiving a violation of municipal ordinance.  AKYR will provide assistance to ticketed at- risk youth who are under the age of 18 at the time of receiving the citation, in the hope that it that youth will possess the necessary tools for building a competent and informed defense when being charged.  This preservation of the self is an important step to becoming a law abiding and positively contributing member of society.  The desired target is the implementation of positive behaviors and the reduction of citations issued the youth.  Optimistically this will result in the progression in a chain of model citizenship. 
  
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What to Know before you go to court
10 Rules of Survival if Stopped by the Police

  • 1. Be polite and respectful when stopped by the police. Keep your mouth closed.
  • 2. Remember that your goal is to get home safely. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you and your parents have the right to file a formal complaint with your local police jurisdiction.
  • 3. Don’t, under any circumstance, get into an argument with the police.
  • 4. Always remember that anything you say or do can be used against you in court.
  • 5. Keep your hands in plain sight and make sure the police can see your hands at all times.
  • 6. Avoid physical contact with the police. No sudden movements, and keep hands out of your pockets.
  • 7. Do not run, even if you are afraid of the police.
  • 8. Even if you believe that you are innocent, do not resist arrest.
  • 9. Don’t make any statements about the incident until you are able to meet with a lawyer or public defender.
  • 10. Stay calm and remain in control. Watch your words, body language and emotions.