TAVARES — Stephanie Glass, Coordinator of the Lake County Teen Court Program, will be the guest speaker at a Council of Volunteer Coordinators’ workshop on Monday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the offices of the Lake County Department of Community Services, located at 1300 S. Duncan Drive (State Road 19), Building E, Tavares.
Glass will lead a discussion on how to build, support and sustain youth-led services to communities. The Lake County Teen Court Program is a highly successful program that gives first-time offenders between the ages of 10 and 17 a second chance, yet holds them accountable for their actions. The defendant must stand before a jury of their peers, plead guilty and accept the sanctions they impose. Teen volunteers, ages 13 to 17, act as defense attorney, prosecuting attorney, bailiff, clerk and jury. The only participating adult in the courtroom is the judge.
The Council of Volunteer Coordinators is facilitated by VolunteerLAKE, which is Lake County’s volunteer center located at the Department of Community Services. The council promotes the professional development of volunteer of volunteer managers and fosters the effective use of volunteers in the community.
Registration is required for the workshop. To register, call Helena Osborne-Ponsi, Lake County Volunteer Coordinator, at (352) 742-6590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.