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What is a Youth Commission
Approximately 40 years ago, the first Youth Commission was established in Westmoreland County. The purpose was to allow communities the opportunities to help young people involved with the Court to solve problems within their own communities. In this way, supervision was provided on a local level and the young person would have a better opportunity for becoming integrated into his/her community. This idea still holds true today, especially in light of PA's balanced and restorative justice mission.

There are Youth Commissions in every school district in Westmoreland County, and they are an arm of the Juvenile Court system and work closely with the local police departments and the district judges' offices.

The purpose of the Youth Commission in each community is to achieve the following:
  • Prevention of first time offenders from obtaining an official court record and/or returning to Court in the future.
  • Reduction of the burden of juvenile cases on the Court.
  • To provide juveniles with closer, community supervision and give youth greater opportunities to become reintegrated and involved in the community.
  • To encourage community involvement in solving problems generally relegated to the Court system, thus giving youth an opportunity to be rehabilitated within their own communities.
For more information on the Youth Commission Program:
Contact Youth Commission Areas
Supervisor Michael J. Sturnick
2771 S. Grande Blvd
Greensburg, PA 15601
FAX:  724)830-4257
New Kensington/Arnold
Lower Burrell
Kiski Area
Franklin Regional
Youth Commission Liaisons:
Probation Officer Kristine Johnson

Hempfield Area
Greensburg Salem
Greater Latrobe
Ligonier Valley
Derry Area 
Probation Officer Melissa Sullenberger

Rostraver/N Belle Vernon
Mt. Pleasant
Probation Officer Aide Margie Stanislaw 
Penn Trafford