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.
On February 2nd Athens Peer Court welcomed 20 new participants. The new participants hail from five different high schools and two middle schools and brought new ideas, opinions and energy to the training. We are excited to see them put it all into action during hearings!
We will hold new participant training at the end of January. You can download the flier and permission slip now from the Join Us! page.
We are proud to welcome 13 more volunteers to Athens Peer Court! We are looking forward to watching these volunteers show us what they know!
On May 22nd we welcomed 14 new participants to Athens Peer Court! These fourteen middle and high school students completed an intensive two day training that concluded with a mock hearing and induction ceremony. We look forward to seeing the new volunteers be great advocates in court.