Williamson County/YMCA Teen Court begins their 22nd season in September. Students age 13 to 18 can volunteer to participate in the Teen Court held monthly in Williamson County Justice Court Pct 2 in Cedar Park. Judge Edna Staudt and the YMCA partnered in 1996 to develop a Teen Court that would serve all students interested in the judicial system.
Law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges, and criminal technicians are among those who educate the students and teach skills to be attorneys and judges. Students are encouraged to mentor others and engage in leadership. The students adjudicate real life cases.
Students have benefited greatly from the program. Participants not only have fun each session, but learn too. Alan Adams, a 4-year member of WC/YMCA TC and a 2017 graduate states, “Teen Court offers inquiring minds the chance to broaden their intellectual horizons, learning to interpret and analyze situations from different perspectives.”
Grace Leake a 4-year member and a 2017 graduate of WC/YMCA TC states, “Teen Court has shown me the importance of maintaining my integrity in all situations”.
This year’s orientation will be held on September 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Twin Lake YMCA Survivor Lodge. Food, drinks, tee-shirts, and manuals will be provided. Dress is casual. Advance registration is not required; however, parents are required to complete registration forms before they leave the student. Additional Information can be obtained from Justice Court Teen Court Coordinator Chloe Cofty at 512-260-4229, or at the web www.wilco.org Justice Court Pct 2 Cedar Park.