Volunteers play important key roles in Teen Court!
Volunteer Teen Court jury members, bailiffs, and attorneys must be:
- Between the ages of 14 and 19.
- A resident of Adams County.
- A student in an educational program.
The judge is a volunteer adult. Other adult volunteers help to maintain order in the courtroom and young adult mentors provide support for the youth. All volunteers complete training and sign an Oath of Confidentiality. They are also sworn in by the court before being allowed to serve.
“Being a part of Teen Court is amazing. It's been a very eye-opening experience and has made me consider a job in the criminal justice field. Having the chance to help out the respondents who come through the program is great. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance. We're here to help them see that their mistakes don't define them and to help them go down the right path in life.” – Riley, Volunteer
There are many benefits for being a Teen Court volunteer. Volunteering will help you:
- Develop an understanding of the judicial system.
- Build leadership and public speaking skills.
- Serve and positively impact your community.
- Receive reference letters for jobs, college, and honors.
To become a volunteer, please complete or download the form for your desired volunteer position and return to:
Teen Court Case Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Adams County Teen Court and Diversion Services
2727 West 2nd Street, Suite 410
Hastings, NE 68901