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Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Seeks Youth and Adult Volunteers for Teen Court

Miami-Dade County Teen Court is back in session, and the MDEAT is looking for volunteers to help move the proceedings forward!

Teen court is a second chance youth development program that provides legal career exposure, mental health services and more. Youth facing a misdemeanor charge or minor offense are typically referred to Teen Court with the hopes that instead of getting a blemish on their record, Teen Court would instead give the teen a second chance by allowing them to be tried in a court of their peers – other youth who also act as jurors and attorneys under the guidance of professional judges and attorneys. 

The county is currently offering volunteer hours to youth who want to get a jump start on legal and criminal justice careers and adults who wish to become mentors. Youth have the option to volunteer for four, eight or 12 months, while Adults are asked to volunteer at least 4 times per year.

The Teen Court program is said to reduce recidivism to less than 3 percent, offer relief to the local justice system, develop responsible and knowledgeable civically-engaged citizens, provide ongoing learning and growth opportunities which impact all residents and encourage collaboration partnerships between youth and the local police department.

Do you know someone looking to gain volunteer experience within the legal space? Visit for more information.

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