Data and Policy Pillar

The MBK-Ithaca Policy and Data Committee has endorsed work in the following areas as part of the MBK strategic plan. Click below to learn more:

1) MBK Policy and Review Board (MBK-PRB)

2) City/County Youth Court

3) The MBK Data Bank Initiative

MBK Policy and REview Board (MBK-pRB)

MBK- PRB is a standing committee of the Data and Policy Pillar that will meets monthly to examine government rules and policies at the local, state, and school district levels that impact the MBKI population. Where necessary, MBK-PRB is tasked tasked with making recommendations to governing authorities on changes to legislation or policies that will promote the success of the MBK population.  

City/County Youth Court

Youth Court is a program run by our youth for our youth. Juvenile offenders between the ages of 10 and 17 who have committed a misdemeanor crime have their cases heard by a jury of their peers.

Youth Court volunteers perform the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff, clerk and jury. A local volunteer attorney presides as Judge and is the only adult directly involved in the Court proceedings. Juvenile offenders who successfully complete the program avoid formal prosecution.

Youth Court is intended to interrupt the developing pattern of criminal behavior in juveniles by promoting self-esteem, motivation for self-improvement and forming a healthy attitude toward authority.

The offenders assume responsibility for their behavior and accept the consequences of their actions through community service work, serving on the Youth Court jury and any punishment sanctioned by a Youth Court jury of their peers.

Youth Court provides an educational experience for the offender and juvenile volunteers. They are given “hands-on” experience with the legal process, become familiar with the Court system and learn about various career opportunities the Court system has to offer. The offenders also learn about various career opportunities through the community service they perform.

Youth Court enables young people a unique challenge and opportunity to demonstrate to adults and themselves their capacity for self-government and responsible citizenship.

MBKI Data Bank

The data dashboard is a tool to monitor and report on the community’s progress towards the MBKI’s goal of implementing a “coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential” without regard to race, gender, or socioeconomic status, etc. 

The data dashboard will incorporate a broad collection of metrics drawn from the data sets already maintained by the community organizations and government agencies working with young people.

It will be an interactive, web-based dashboard which will allow users to examine the data by subgroup (race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status).  We will make the MBKI data dashboard publically available as an invitation for the entire community to join us in thinking about equity.

We hope that as users will think of the data bank as a tool for learning, rather than judging, and use it to:

  • Better understand how young people experience our community
  • Ask questions
  • Consider how they can contribute to the goal of equity in their own role(s) in our community