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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
SMOB Advisory Council (appoints start with application submissions) deadline: Sept. 14, 2014 link to details
Horagio Alger Scholarships: students graduating spring 2015 (applications open in August) deadline end of Oct. 2014 link to details
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

SMOB Advisory Council - application deadline September 14, 2014 (Link to Application)

SMOB Advisory Council: The appointed staff of the SMOB Advisory Council meets every 6-8 week (from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville) while conference calls will be more regular. Dates are tentative right now.

General Expectations
1. Attend ALL SMOB Advisory Council (SAC) meetings.
2. Give a 6 hour prior notice to the SMOB if unable to attend a meeting.
3. Maintain regular communication with the SMOB and Chief of Staff.
4. If a member has 2 unexcused absences, the SMOB withholds the right to remove and replace that member of the council.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible as appointments will begin as applications are submitted: (September 14 deadline): Link to Application

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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 www.communityprosecution.org
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: https://volunteer.truist.com/mcvc/org/10479931492.html (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: http://www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/student-service-learning-ssl

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Horatio Alger Scholarship Program: seniors only (yearly deadline - end of October)- applications open in August

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
• Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
• Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
• Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
• Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
• Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
• Be a United States citizen


Full scholarship details at https://www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/index.cfm

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