Know a teen interested in a criminal justice career? Tell them about Teen Court
CASTLE ROCK - We’re always asking our teenagers what they want to be when they grow up. But what if they could experience these potential careers as they build their future plans? For those who are interested in becoming a lawyer, judge, court clerk, or law enforcement official, Castle Rock has an opportunity to explore.
Teen Court is a community-based intervention/prevention program that provides an alternative to the justice system for some juvenile offenders. Teen volunteers serve as jury members, attorneys and bailiffs during these real trials for youth offenders. The program is looking for new volunteers and will host a training next month.
To apply, visit CRgov.com/TeenCourt, or contact Program Coordinator Deborah Fritzler, 303-663-6136 or tcourt[at]CRgov[dot]com. General Legal Training for this program runs July 7-18.
“Teen Court has been such a life-changing experience for the benefit of my future, the respondent’s future, as well as the future of this community,” said Teen Court Volunteer Bella Mahoney. “The progress continues to grow, and it is so fascinating to view it up close. One day at a time, this program’s ambition thrives and expands into the beginning of a new generation in law.”
Volunteers must be between the ages 12 to 18. They receive community service credit, experience leadership opportunities and learn about the criminal justice and courts systems. Parents and practicing attorneys are also invited to volunteer.
The general legal training is fun, interactive and will include a variety of guest speakers including detectives, court clerks, victim advocates, police corporals and more.
There is also a benefit for the offenders who participate in the program. While holding them accountable, Teen Court also provides education to promote long-term behavioral change that leads to enhanced public safety.
Learn more at CRgov.com/TeenCourt.
This story is courtesy our partners at the Town of Castle Rock.