Adult Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Colorado Springs Teen Court! This program could not succeed without the dedication and support of its volunteers. We are always looking for adult volunteers to act as case managers for Peer Panels as well as attorneys to act as mentors for the student attorneys at Trials. If you are a business owner, retail store manager, or loss prevention specialist, you might also be interested in volunteering on our Community Impact Panels.

The primary mission of Teen Court is to use the positive power of peer influence to stop criminal behavior at the earliest stage using the concepts of Restorative Justice. The Peer Panel process was built around this idea. Teen Court conducts Peer Panels on scheduled Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are primarily needed on Peer Panel nights since there are usually 10 to 30 cases scheduled to be seen and sentenced by the panels. Each panel consists of 3-6 student volunteers plus one adult case manager.

 

Any adult 18 years of age or older interested in becoming a case manager is welcome to observe a few panels before participating. A background check conducted by an outside agency IS REQUIRED for all adults volunteering with Teen Court. A fee of $25.00 must be paid to Teen Court to process the background check. Please fill out the Criminal Records and Background Release form at the end of this application and submit it to Teen Court.

 Be sure to complete the Adult Volunteer Application (which includes the background check) if you are interested in becoming a regular volunteer so that we have your contact information. If you have any questions, please call 719.475.7815 or email the Teen Court staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you again for your interest in volunteering with Teen Court, and we look forward to working with you! Click here for Applications and Downloads

 

 

Adult Volunteer Information:

Case managers (15+)

  • Oversee each Peer Panel
  • Advise panel members as needed
  • Maintain order/professionalism among student volunteers
  • Ensure that questioning is carried out appropriately

Mentor attorneys (15+ per year)

  • Assist student attorneys during Teen Court Trials
  • Provide procedural guidance to prosecution and defense teams (opening/closing arguments, objections etc.)
  • Advise student attorneys on points of law

Judges (15+ per year)

  • 4th Judicial District and Municipal Court judges currently volunteer to oversee trials
  • 2-3 judges per trial night (one Tuesday each month)
  • Present defendants attending jury duty with "Judge's Talk" orientation

Community Impact Panels (15+ panel members from the community)

  • 3-6 panel members from the community (retail, management, loss prevention specialists, law enforcement)
  • Panel members needed once a month (see schedule for panel dates and times)
  • Panels usually see 8-12 teen shoplifters

 Life Skills (40+ adult volunteers from the community)

  • Adult volunteers present classes designed to provide skills necessary to succeed in life
  • Classes typically meet on Mondays from 5:00 - 7:00pm (contact Teen Court for current schedule)
  • Practice mock interviews with defendents
          Additional Life Skills information

 

 

Colorado Springs Teen Court Board of Directors

Adult Fundraising Volunteers (for events as needed)