From the bench: Court internships: an investment in our youth

Devin McNelly and Jennifer Carter take a break from their work to pose for a picture.

Devin McNelly and Jennifer Carter take a break from their work to pose for a picture.

Williams Justice Court Supervisor Jennifer Carter has initiated a youth-based internship program in collaboration with the Williams High School. The program will focus on the recruitment and development of high school students interested in pursuing court or criminal justice related careers.

Jennifer is excited about the opportunity to invest in our local youth and provide them a learning environment within the context of the court. Interns will be involved in a variety of court related activities, including customer service, data entry, and case management. They will also receive real courtroom experience. Interns will receive additional training from area trainers and other courts. As the program develops, interns may receive academic credit during the school year and have the opportunity to obtain employment with compensation the following summer.

Recently, Devin McNelly was selected to be the first intern with our court. Devin received initial training from Flagstaff Municipal Court's Training Specialist Heidi Lofgren and was immediately immersed in real court responsibilities and activities. It is Jennifer's hope that by the completion of her term, Devin will have fully experienced most of the "real life" aspects of our court.

Williams City Court Supervisor Shana Brownlee is currently recruiting and working with Denise Heiss at the Williams High School to kick off a similar internship with the Williams City Court next fall. Jennifer and Shana will work together to ensure both courts provide similar experience for the students. In the future, Shana hopes to further promote the internship concept to other area businesses and organizations. With that promotion, we hope to mobilize the community towards investing in our youth and providing meaningful career enhancing opportunities.

We are thrilled with this opportunity to partner with the Williams High School for the benefit of our area youth. Please contact the Williams Justice Court at 635-2691 and the Williams City Court at 635-4456 for more information.

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