Fulton County Juvenile Court welcomes volunteers interested in contributing their time to help support Court programs and activities. Providing engagement opportunities for the community, partners and local stakeholders is an important part of the Court’s mission.
Prospective volunteers are asked to complete a brief application and are subject to screening. To discuss volunteer opportunities and obtain a volunteer application, please contact Juvenile Court’s volunteer coordinator:
Below, please find a partial listing of Juvenile Court programs accepting volunteers:
Citizen Review Panel
The Citizen Review Panel program utilizes volunteers to conduct legally mandated reviews of the status and welfare of children placed by the Juvenile Court in the legal custody of Fulton County DFACS to ensure that reasonable efforts are being made to reunify the family or otherwise provide permanency for a child.
The program utilizes volunteers and staff to review dependency cases and to ensure all case plans are appropriate for the family’s needs.
Choices: Juvenile Drug Court Program
Choices is a highly structured, non-adversarial accountability and intervention program, targeting court-involved youth who use alcohol and other drugs.
Choices impacts that juvenile court system by reducing the number of youth in detention facilities for violations of the current conditions of their probation or supervision.
This intervention focuses on intensive substance abuse treatment and probation supervision, with frequent court appearances, educational support, random drug testing, mentoring and individual group and family counseling. The Court awards incentives for compliant behavior and imposes graduated sanctions for negative behavior.
Community Restorative Boards
Community Restorative Boards exercise a prevention strategy to divert first-time non-violent minor offenders from the formal court process. Sworn citizen volunteers sit on seven Restorative Boards that serve five Atlanta neighborhoods and North and South Fulton County.
The nature of the offense and its negative consequences are discussed and sanctions to hold the offender accountable are addressed. If the youth completes all sanctions and does not reoffend, the case is dismissed and the youth’s record is sealed.
S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess
The S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program was founded with the mission of providing activities, services and mentors to help young men prepare for the challenges of manhood and responsible fatherhood. The program was started by a group of Juvenile Court officers who wanted to address the needs of the court-involved young men they encounter on a daily basis.
S.M.A.R.T., an acronym for science, math, arts, reading and technology, brings together a unique group of sheriff’s deputies, probation officers, attorneys, college students and parents to provide homework help and tutoring for teens. Program participants are taught to apply the focus, strategy and decision making skills they use on the chessboard to the problems and challenges they face in their everyday lives.
In the coming months, the program aims to register more teenagers and develop a competitive chess team that will share their personal stories of smart decision making and overcoming obstacles with groups of students from Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools.
The S.M.A.R.T. Moves Chess and Mentoring Program meets every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center.
The Learning Club
The Learning Club is an educational program that serves students within the court system (ages 11-17) who have been charged with misdemeanors.
This program provides an opportunity for assessment and mentorship, thought provoking discussion, experience with cultural activities and exposure to college and career opportunities.
Often times, juveniles are burdened by factors that might impede the learning process. The Learning Club seeks to serve as a protective factor among the many “risk factors” these students face daily.
Education is the program’s first primary component. Students are encouraged to engage in round-table discussions every Saturday. Cultural engagement is the program’s second component. Each Saturday we present a different activity focusing on the importance of balance and wellness, sport and physical activity, art and culture, and college and career learning. The third component is service learning. We encourage students to develop empathy and think of others as they think of themselves.