WilCo YMCA Teen Court seeking participants

Students evaluate real life cases and learn from professionals


Organizers for the 22nd Williamson County YMCA Teen Court program are seeking students to participate in mock trials on real life cases Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Twin Lake YMCA Survivor Lodge.  

Students ages 13 to 18 who are interested in the judicial system are encouraged to volunteer to participate in the Teen Court program held monthly in Williamson County Justice Court Pct 2 in Cedar Park.  

During the mock trials, law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges, and criminal technicians are there to educate the students and teach them the skills needed to be attorneys and judges. Students are encouraged to mentor others and engage in leadership roles in the program. The students adjudicate real life cases. 

Judge Edna Staudt and the YMCA partnered in 1996 to develop a Teen Court program that would serve any students interested in the judicial system.  

Food, drinks, tee-shirts, and manuals will be provided, and dress is casual. Advance registration is not required, however, parents are required to complete registration forms before they leave the student. 

Some students who have participated in the past said the program has helped them better assess situations in life.

“Teen Court offers inquiring minds the chance to broaden their intellectual horizons, learning to interpret and analyze situations from different perspectives,” said Alan Adams, a four year member of the Teen Court.

Additional Information can be obtained from Justice Court Teen Court Coordinator Chloe Cofty at 512-260-4229, or at the web www.wilco.org Justice Court Pct 2 Cedar Park. 

“Teen Court has shown me the importance of maintaining my integrity in all situations,” said Grace Leake, a four year Teen Court member.