AOC Summer Youth Program Sees Tremendous Expansion in Year Three
|Participants awaiting their "jury service" during Summer Youth Forum Mock Trial.
The AOC Summer Youth Program, brain child of AOC's Manager of Support Services Robin Jenkins, continued to expand with 49 high school students enrolled this past summer. The program, which began in 2009, has more than doubled in size since its inception three years ago. Through the program, participants from the foster care system, and others, receive invaluable work experience and learn new skills that they can apply to school and everyday life.
|Participant Dreyanna Broomer
serving as the "judge" during the Summer Youth Forum Mock Trial.
Growth was seen not only in the volunteer pool but also in the participating courts and agencies, including the Supreme Court, Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas, Family Court, AOC, OSCCE, JIC and Capitol Police. This year, participants assisted with archiving projects and general office work in four different locations throughout the State. Participating courts and agencies reaped the benefits of a hard working and motivated work force creating a win-win situation for all involved. In addition to the work performed, volunteers participated in a mock trial, a resume writing workshop, learned how to complete a job application and received instruction on voicemail etiquette and the use of social networking in a responsible manner with an eye towards future employment. The effort was supported by several local businesses, including Colonial Parking, Dunkin Donuts, Season's Pizza, Dr. Herbert T. Casalena, Shop Rite, Walt's Flavor Crisp Chicken, Pepsi Cola Company, 4imprint and Chick-Fil-A. Most recently, the City of Wilmington Department of Parks & Recreation designated the AOC as a summer youth employment site. Based on the success of the program to date and Parks & Recreation's seal of approval, look for more youth volunteers coming to a court location near you in Summer 2012.