Testimonials

VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS
I heard about Teen Court a while ago, maybe around 1999 or earlier, I don't remember. There was an advertisement in the newspaper, my mommy told me about it. I was like "Eww-no, why would I want to do that?" She explained how there were teen attorneys and teen jurors and even teen defendants with a real judge. I still was like "Eww!" So that topic quickly died down. The beginning of April 2002, I got into a fight with a girl and due to the seriousness of what happened and previous encounters of getting into trouble, I was kicked out of school and sent to Teen Court. I went through the whole process of being a defendant, being sentenced, and doing community service. It was a tough process, but I got through it. After I did my jury duties, I saw how the teen attorneys went about doing things. I then later realized that since I wanted to be a lawyer when I grow up, that I could try doing this. So I signed up to go to a 2-day training, which shows you how to question defendants and the basic procedure of the court. The training is really fun. You get to interact with other teens and the instructors are real cool too especially Jenna (you'll love her, but that is another story!). As soon as the training was over, I got to do my very first case. But don't get too happy because you are just a shadow. After I shadowed my first case, I got to pick between being a prosecutor or a defense attorney. Me personally, I like being a defense attorney. Now I am on my 14th Teen Court case since I got into trouble. Teen Court has helped me stay out of MAJOR trouble, I mean with me there is going to be minor trouble, but it has helped me get out of a lot of trouble. Teen Court is not just a place where you try people. The instructors are there to actually help you, when I got suspended from this year (2003) I talked to a former instructor about it and she told me how to ignore conflicts. Teen Court is also a place where you meet new people and a place where you experience new things. So after you finish reading this, I hope that you will decide to go to the training and become a teen attorney too. See you there!"
 
Britney, Teen Court Volunteer
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NBC NEWS

VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS
"Really proud and honored to have been the Project Coordinator of Teen Court, which was this year's Pro Bono Project of the Year at Campbell. Teen Court has had my heart for 2 years now, and I'm thankful for everyone who has helped make it a success this year, especially Jessica Carter for being the best assistant coordinator!"

-Holly Stephens, Teen Court Project Coordinator 

JUDGE TESTIMONIALS
"I have been volunteering with the Teen Court program for about 8 months, and it has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience. I feel that the program has great benefits for the kids involved, both as defendants and as participants in the process. My experience has been that the defendants almost universally gain from their time at Teen Court. My experience has also been that the staff truly cares about the defendants and their situations. The personal contact is a key to the success of the program and the positive results keep the adult volunteers coming back week after week. The student-volunteers are absolutely wonderful; they are giving of their time, dedicated to the cause, and willing and able to learn about the judicial system. I have found them to be exceptional in nearly every facet of their performance. The students' participation and energy is another reason the adult volunteers keep coming back week after week. At least for me, it is unbelievable to see these teens make such an impact in each other's lives; and it is equally unbelievable to see the defendants impacted in such a positive way. Simply put, Teen Court is an indispensable tool that should be integrated into every urban center in North Carolina. I am so proud of the things I see every time I go to Teen Court. Thank you for your efforts and results."
 
- Richard Leissner, Teen Court Judge

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