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Student Leadership and Service Opportunities
Check out the Monthly Newsletter for More Items! (link to web site)
Current (Dated) Opportunities: Table of Contents
MoCo Staff Applications - Applications will be reviewed and adjudicated on a first come, first serve basis link to web site
MCJC Principal and Advisor of the Year Awards - application deadline April 12 (also see other awards) link to details
Board of Elections - Election Officials (juniors and seniors) - registration by April 13 link to details
Board of Elections - Future Vote Program (grades 6-12) - registration by April 14 link to details
March to Close the Gap: April 27 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) - Minority Scholars Program Sponored (SSL applicable) link to details
MCJC Elected Officers (Treasurer only) for 2014-2015 school year- deadline to apply: 4pm, April 29 link to details
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's summer high school program, R2L NextGen (Latino 9th-11th grade) Deadline: April 30 link to details
Student Emerging Leaders Program (SELP) current 9th graders only - application deadline May 2 link to web site
Drive for Supplies: School participation (all levels): Deadline to register May 2 link to web site
MCR Appointed Staff for 2014-2015 school year - deadline to apply: 5pm, May 8 link to details
MCJC Appointed Staff for 2014-2015 school year - deadline to apply: 4pm, May 8 link to details
Maryland Youth Advisory Council (ages 14-22 as of Sept 1, 2014) deadline: July 1, 2014 link to details
Drive for Supplies: SSL opportunity sorting school supplies (entering 6th grade through high school) July 8-9 link to web site
Ongoing Opportunities: Table of Contents
Student Member of the Board of Education Special Elections Committee (middle and high school students) link to details
Teen Court - High school students needed to serve link to details
Montgomery County Volunteer Center - Preapproved SSL opportunities link to details

Board of Elections Seeks High School Juniors/Seniors to Serve as Paid Election Judges- Registration deadline April 13

The Montgomery County Board of Elections "Future Vote" program is seeking high school juniors/seniors to serve as paid election judges at polling places for the Gubernatorial Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

In accordance with the Maryland Election Code, election judges must be registered to vote in the State of Maryland. Those students who will be 18 years old by or on General Election Day (November 4, 2014) are eligible to register to vote. However, the Maryland Election Code also allows a minor who is at least 17 years old and who is too young to be a registered voter to be appointed and serve as an election judge if the minor demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the county board, that the minor meets all of the other qualifications for registration in the county (such as being a county resident and a U.S. citizen). Because of the diversity of the county, students with bilingual capabilities, particularly in Spanish, are especially encouraged to participate.

The application process requires both an online quiz and completion of hands-on training. All applicants who are selected for these positions will be compensated at rates that vary based on the position, as advertised at Individuals may earn Student Service Learning (SSL) credits in lieu of a stipend, if they prefer.

Interested students should visit to download an election judge questionnaire or contact Gilberto Zelaya at 240-777-8532 or

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Board of Elections Launches Recruitment for "Future Vote" Program - Registration deadline April 14

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking school-age students, grades 6-12, to participate in its "Future Vote" program. Future Vote students will serve as Election Day student aides during the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election on Tuesday, June 24 There are also opportunities for students to assist the Board of Elections with a variety of activities before Election Day.

Students and their guardians must attend mandatory training to participate in the Future Vote Program and, if applicable, students will receive Student Service Learning (SSL) credits. Most students work in precincts near their home. This initiative combines civic participation and the opportunity to observe democracy in action.

This program is available to all students within a public, private, independent, religious or home-school setting located in Montgomery County. U.S. citizenship is not a pre-requisite to participate. Students with bilingual and American Sign Language skills are encouraged to apply.

In the 2012 presidential election, more than two thousand Montgomery County students participated in the Future Vote program, including 473 students with bilingual skills and 15 students who were available at polling places to assist voters using American Sign Language.

Interested parents/guardians may register their student(s) before April 14 online by visiting the Montgomery County Board of Elections' website at (Click: Future Vote-Student Volunteer tab). Email questions to

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March to Close the Gap - 1:00-3:00 p.m., April 27th (from Carver Educational Services Center to the Montgomery County Courthouse)

The time is now to truly address the achievement gap. (pdf flyer)

Student leaders from MCPS’s Minority Scholars Program (MSP) have decided that the time is now to step up and truly address the achievement gap that plagues our nation’s academic system.  In a groundbreaking and historic move, members of MSP have decided to march from MCPS headquarters to the steps of the County Courthouse in Rockville, in an effort to raise awareness about this most pressing issue, highlight the efforts and successes of MSP and garner support from citizens, businesses, politicians and other stakeholders.

The Minority Scholars Program was launched 8 years ago as a student-driven initiative whose primary objective is to bring an end to the achievement gap.  Beyond the college trips, tutoring, speakers, and leadership workshops in which they participate, MSP members have now decided that they must make their efforts more widely known in order to push this movement along and bring to bear a real solution to the problem.  To that end, MSP members, along with students, teachers, parents, and community members from all over Montgomery county, will take to the streets of Rockville on Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 3 p.m., to “March to Close the Gap.” 

Join us in this groundbreaking and historic effort.  Show these students—the future of our country—that the people of Montgomery county can and will unite to help bring an end to the achievement gap right here in Montgomery county, Maryland.

Meet Sunday, April 27th by 1:00 p.m., Carver Educational Services Center (850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville) and walk to the Montgomery County Courthouse. Student Service Learning hours are applicable for this advocacy activity.

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Informational Letter (pdf) and Program Brochure (pdf)
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's summer high school program, R2L NextGen (formerly known as High School Latino Leaders in D.C.): Application deadline 11:50 p.m., April 30, 2014.

CHCI will bring approximately 40 Latino high school students to D.C. to spend six days learning about how the Federal Government works, meeting key leaders, visiting historic sites and developing a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation. The program, which will take place July 27 – August 1, 2014, is completely FREE of charge to all selected student participants.

Any Latino 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student who resides in the District of Columbia; Montgomery or Prince George's Counties in Maryland; or Alexandria City or Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia is eligible to apply (detailed eligibility requirements can be found here). CHCI has identified only a small number of geographic regions where we are recruiting students; as such, we have reserved spaces for DMV area students. Applications are now available online and must be submitted by Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.

Any additional inquiries regarding the R2L NextGen Program may be addressed to Marie Hughes, Director of College Access & Readiness Programs at

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Maryland Youth Advisory Council - application deadline July 1, 2014 (application pdf file)

In 2008, the Maryland Youth Advisory Council was established through the Maryland General Assembly to ensure that Maryland youth are given the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations regarding public policies and programs that affect their future and to take a leadership role in creating meaningful change. By providing testimony in Annapolis and policy recommendations, council members have the opportunity to raise their voices and share their experiences with the Governor, State legislature, agencies, and other youth.

Council members will be expected to:
• Be active and passionate representatives of Maryland youth. Members must attend at least 50% of regular meetings.Any member who does not attend the required number of meetings may be removed from the Council;
• Identify and discuss issues facing youth in Maryland;
• Work with other council members to create strategies that address these issues;
• Serve as liaisons to other affiliated youth organizations and peers in his/her communities;
• Develop leadership skills;
• Meet other Maryland youth; and
• Have fun!

Qualified students may apply directly to the Program & Policy Specialist, Governor's Office for Children OR if students are involved in student government, may wish to apply through the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) as they are able to appoint 15 students to the council. Information is on the application. Submissions BEFORE the July 1, 2014 deadline is HIGHLY recommended.

Questions? Refer to the names listed on the application.


SMOB Special Elections Committee: Middle and high school students are needed to serve on the Special Elections Committee. This committee handles the logistical details forrunning the election of the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB), a public official! Go to the Special Elections Web page for detailed information. (Evening meetings October - May)

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Teen Court
What is Teen Court? -The Montgomery County Teen Court is a cooperative effort between the MC State's Attorney Office , MC Public Schools, Maryland Dept of Juvenile Justice and the MC Police Deparrment. Goals: to reduce number of youthful offenders through the Teen Court diversionary program and at the same time expose youthful offenders to an educational and realistic experience in an actual court of law. Offenders will have their cases heard by a Montgomery County judge and a jury of his/her peers will hand down a disposition.

Teen Court is an year-round program that offers teenage offenders an important second chance - a chance to learn from their mistakes without the high cost of a criminal record. Teen Court is a justice program run by teens for teens. Juveniles aged 12 through 17 who have committed a nonviolent minor crime appear before a jury of their peers. Teen Court is offered as a voluntary, positive experience to divert teen offenders away from a pattern of criminal behavior. Cases hear in Teen Court involve crimes such as shoplifting, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and possession of alcohol. The offender must admit guilt since this is a disposition hearing to determine consequences.

Who Participates and What is the Process? - In Teen Court, volunteer teens perform the roles of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff, clerk, and jury. The judge is the only adult directly involved in the court proceedings. Cases are referred to Teen Court by the Montgomery County Police Department and the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice. The case is presented to the teen jury for determining consequences for the offender. After careful consideration of the facts, the jury decides upon a constructive sentence which will include a minimum number of community service hours as well as service on other teen juries. Also, there might be educational programs, essays, and/or apology letters. There is a graduated set of guidelines designed for various offense levels. The offender will be allowed up to sixty days to complete the program. When this is accomplished, the charges will be dismissed. Failure to comply with the sanctions within the allotted time will result in notification to the referring agency and possible court action.

Who Can Volunteer? - Teen Court is seeking Montgomery County students ages 14-18. Teen Court is generally held bimonthly on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Benefits in volunteering:

  • Learn valuable skills including public speaking, logical thinking and the operation of the judicial system
  • Earn Student Service Learning hours

Where is Teen Court Held? - Teen court meets on Wednesday evenings in the Circuit Court Building, The Judicial Center, 50 Maryland Avenue, 4th Floor Jury Lounge, Rockville, Maryland 20850 (map)

Who Oversees Teen Court? - Teen Court is a community partnership administered by the Montgomery county State's Attorney's Office and supervised by a Coordinator who manages and directs the overall activities of the Court. An Advisory Board (comprised of representatives from the judiciary, Montgomery County Public Schools, private bar, State's Attorney's Office, Montgomery County Police Department, State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice, and student representatives) assists in planning and executing the Court's purpose.

Questions? - Questions regarding Teen Court should be directed to Paulette Corbit, Volunteer Coordinator, Coordinator, at (240) 777-7388 or via email.

MC Volunteer Center Link to apply: (this is a pre-approved student service learning activity).

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Montgomery County Volunteer Center
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center works in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to maintain the database of organizations and opportunities that have been pre-approved by MCPS for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. Link to Web:

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Horatio Alger Scholarship Program: seniors only (yearly deadline - end of October)
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Updated April 11, 2014 | Maintained by Karen Crawford

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