HEB Teen Court Advisory Board awards scholarships to the Teen Court volunteers in their Senior year to help further their education and interest in the Justice System so they can give back to their communities
HEB Teen Court is a diversionary program offered to teens through the Hurst, Euless and Bedford
Municipal Courts, that provides them the opportunity to appear before a jury of their peers for Class C misdemeanor violations
Rather than paying a fine, the teen’s case is presented by a student volunteer attorney while a jury of thier peers (students) decides upon an appropriate number of community service hours for the teen to perform.
In addition, the teen must also serve as a juror themselves. The program participants learn accountability for their actions, the importance of serving their community, and the inner workings of our legal system.
Teens who volunteer as attorneys, bailiffs and clerks attend extensive training by licensed attorneys to learn courtroom procedure, public speaking skills and case preparation.
Our volunteers also compete annually in the Texas Teen Court Competition held at various locations in the North Texas area.
Each spring the HEB Teen Court Advisory Board awards scholarships to the teen volunteers that are graduating seniors at our annual Gala. In 2020, a total of $6,000 were given in scholarships.
The Gala is an opportunity for the teen volunteers to gather to celebrate their accomplishments and share their excitement for their plans for the future. The Gala also serves as the primary fundraiser for the scholarship fund and in the past couple of years we were able to raise approximately $9,000 through ticket sales and both our online and silent auctions.
We have begun planning for the 2022 Gala and would like to extend an invitation to you to participate by donating to the scholarship fund.
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