Athens Peer Court welcomed 19 new student volunteers this week. The new volunteers successfully completed two mock hearings for more than 50 friends and family members and took an oath promising to be loyal members of Athens Peer Court. The new volunteers attend Cedar Shoals, Clarke Central, Hilsman and Clarke Middle School. This group marked the 200th volunteer to complete Athens Peer Court training.
We love Athens Peer Court, and we'd love to see more peer courts in Georgia. Check out our video to learn some of the great reasons a peer court could be good in your community. The video also features one of our participants and his experience as a volunteer!
We celebrated our fourth birthday last week! Over thirty of our dedicated volunteers participated in teambuilding and an awards ceremony honoring those who had served more than 14 hours at peer court. We also said celebrated our seniors, many of whom have been in the program for more than two years. Since we started in 2012, we've held hearings for more than 350 youth and trained more than 150 youth volunteers!
The dates for our next training are set! The three day training will begin Thursday, February 4th at 5:30. We will continue all day Saturday, February 6th from 9am-4pm, and wrap up on Monday, February 8th at 5:30. Please click here if you'd like to sign up!
This week we welcomed 14 new participants to Athens Peer Court! The students, from five different schools, completed their training on client interviews, public speaking and restorative justice. We have already seen them in action in hearings and we look forward to their contributions. With this group, over 150 youth from the Clarke County area have participated in peer court
Our dates for new participants to join peer court have been set! We will begin on Thursday, August 20th from 6-8:30pm. The second day of training is on Saturday, August 22nd from 9-4pm and we will conclude on Monday, August 24th from 5:30-8:30. The training is cumulative so you must attend all three sessions. Head to the Join Us Page for more information and to sign up to get a permission slip.
This week participants spent a day exploring UGA's campus. The day kicked off with a trip to Village Summit Dining Hall where participants enjoyed lunch before touring the rest of campus. After lunch, the participants headed up campus for a tour of North campus including Herty Field, the fountain, and a stop at the Chapel Bell. Next, Jill, our Law School Intern, showed the participants around the UGA School of Law. Participants got to sit in a mock trial court room, explore the law library and learn about the details of attending law school. From there, the participants took a walking tour of campus and concluded in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. During the tour of Butts-Mehre, participants learned about the history of the UGA Athletic Department and got an exclusive look into training facilities. The day ended in a training session at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. During this session participants took part in team building and leadership exercises.
Thanks to all those who came out to our first-ever Open Court on March 31st! We demonstrated two hearings for our audience, and our youth volunteers did a great job at demonstrating a typical hearing night. After court, we enjoyed socializing and eating together during a reception. We would especially like to thank Judge Shearer for speaking to our audience and Judge Stephens for allowing us to use his courtroom.
To help celebrate our third birthday, we will host a hearing demonstration for the Athens-Clarke County community. If you have been meaning to see a hearing but haven't had a chance yet, or would just like to come out and support all of our amazing volunteers, here is your chance! On March 31st at 6pm on the 3rd floor of the courthouse we will host two mock hearings, followed by a reception. Check out the flier for more details.
We celebrated our third birthday on March 3rd. Since we held our first hearing on March 6th, 2012, we have served 275 youth offenders and almost 150 youth volunteers. Thirty of the volunteers gathered last week to celebrate significant contributions and to honor our six seniors.