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  • Northern Star Juvenile Diversion
    5300 Glenwood Ave, Golden Valley, MN 55422
Service Info
Service:Juvenile Diversion Program
Agency:Northern Star Juvenile Diversion
Location:5300 Glenwood Ave, Golden Valley, MN, 55422 Map
Phone: (763) 231-7242

Service Description

The Northern Star Juvenile Diversion Program provides youthful offenders with a positive alternative to the court system through structured activities and community service. The focus is to encourage and direct young people (males and females ages 10-17) to make better decisions in the future. Youth complete 16 hours of community service and participate in a 10 week education program to develop the necessary skills to succeed and gain guidance through positive adult role models. The program works to improve participant attitudes about the legal system, teach better methods of communication, improve their self-image, develop skills in conflict resolution, and prevent a decision to break the law again.

The most common offenses are theft/shoplifting, disorderly conduct, use of drugs or alcohol, and assault.

Weekly program topics cover self-responsibility, the court system, probation and parole systems, law enforcement, the corrections system, alcohol and drug education, volunteerism, and goal setting. Meetings combine presentations, discussion, site visits to a police station/jail, self-reflection and multiple speakers such as judges, law-enforcement personnel, and substance abuse experts. The overall goal of the program is to hold youth accountable for their crime without the stigma of a criminal record. 80% of the programs graduating youth do not commit a second offense within two years after program completion.


A youth is referred to the program by the participating Police Departments.

* Male or female, 10 to 17 years of age
* The youth has no prior criminal conviction
* Criminal offense cannot exceed that of a misdemeanor (Special cases considered)
* Youth must be enrolled in school or alternative education program
* Parents must be supportive of the program and agree to assure transportation to program meetings
* Youth may not have previously participated in a diversion program

Application Instructions

Contact with the youth and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) must be made by the Program Director or Diversion Personnel within two weeks of the referral. This is done by mail, in which an “initial letter” is sent to the parent(s) or guardian(s). The youth and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) must undergo a pre-admittance intake appointment with the Program Director or Program Coordinator to evaluate his/her suitability for the program.

Background history questionnaires will need to be completed by both the youth and parent(s) or guardian(s). The questionnaires will be reviewed at this intake appointment.

Contract agreements will need to be signed by both the youth and adults prior to admission into the program. Registration fees are to be paid at the first meeting.

All youth will be placed on a waiting list to begin the next available diversion group. Each diversion group consists of 15-20 youth.

Area Served

Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, Scott, and Wright Counties




Telephone types, numbers and hours

Main (763) 231 - 7242
FAX (763) 231 - 7202

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