The Summer Youth Volunteer Program Concludes it Fourth Year
The AOC would like to thank the program monitors " Eleanor Richards, Carolyn Fields, Ann Sowden and Vivian Banks in New Castle County; Christina Harrison and Ugunda Sumner in Sussex County; and Bill DiBartola in Kent County, as well as the Delaware Supreme Court; the Superior Court; the Court of Common Pleas; the Family Court; Sussex County Law Library; the Department of Justice; the Public Defender's Office; Capitol Police; the Child Death, Near Death and Stillbirth Commission; and private law firms " for opening their doors to the youth and making this program possible. Thank you to the following entities and individuals for their support and generous contributions to the Program: Jose Beltran; Colonial Parking; Congo Funeral Home; Dr. Herbert Casalena; Dunkin' Donuts; GA Blanco & Sons, Inc.; ESS - Geiger; Robin Jenkins; Ladies of Dover Lodge # 1903; PepsiCo; Maria Perez-Chambers; Rodney Grille; ShopRite; Season's Pizza; Sandy Snider; and Staples, Inc.
The 2012 Summer Youth Volunteer Program successfully concluded its fourth year on Thursday, August 16, 2012. Participants from Kent County and New Castle County participated in a Mock Trial presided by Judge Charles H. Toliver IV of Superior Court and J'Aime Walker of the Department of Justice, which was followed by a luncheon. Sussex County's farewell luncheon was celebrated on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.
"The program has grown beyond my expectations and I look forward to next year" stated AOC's Robin Jenkins. Ms. Jenkins founded the Summer Youth Volunteer Program four years ago.
As a first time participant, the Public Defender's Office (PDO) was delighted by the clerical work provided by its three volunteers. "The three young ladies that came to our office were energetic, task-oriented and demonstrated the ability to work independently," commented Mr. James Lane, investigator and the PDO volunteers' supervisor. "They had positive outlooks and interacted well with our staff. They were fun to have around." Mr. Lane described his experience as an "eye opener": "Until I spoke to some of the participants, I had no idea of the personal adversity they had encountered and overcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to mentor young people and to talk to them about their future and possible careers. I intend to be more involved next year."