Civic Engagement Programs Seeking Teen Volunteers

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Teen volunteers, ages 14-17, are needed for two local programs – Teen Court and the Restorative Justice program.

“Teen Court is a court process run entirely by teens for other teens with pending criminal charges,” Christopher White, professional with with the local Conflict Resolution Center, says. “It is a great opportunity for youth interested in law, social justice, social sciences, etc.”

Teen Court is a new program beginning in January 2022 and is in immediate need of volunteers.

Both programs serve youth ages 11-17 and are organized by the Conflict Resolution Center, not 4-H. 4-H encourages youth to be engaged in civics through hands-on learning experiences, like these programs.

White says the Restorative Justice circles include two types of volunteers – peer and adult volunteers. The circles are comprised of the person referred to the program, his/her/their parent or guardian, peer volunteers, adult volunteers, and two staff.

“We point out that, yes, they made a mistake, and ask ‘How are you going to be accountable for that? How are you going to give back to your community?'” White says, “The volunteers are there to bring new and fresh ideas.”

The Conflict Resolution Center serves the 25th judicial district, which includes Caldwell, Burke and Catawba counties.

Interested teens should contact Christopher White at 336-340-2456 or to get started as a volunteer with Teen Court or the Restorative Justice program.