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Over 8,000 at-risk teens in the last twenty two years have walked through the doors of the Municipal Courthouse on their way to Teen Court.  Less than 7% of them return with a second offense.  What makes Teen Court work?  Restorative Justice for Teens by Teens is more than a slogan—it’s what we do.  Over 200 teen volunteers work with their at-risk peers every year, hearing cases and determining appropriate ways to repair harm. 

Sentences are individually tailored to each case, and may include apologies, community service, special projects or one or more of Teen Court’s unique classes.  Those classes may include Community Impact Panels, where shoplifters meet store managers, police officers and loss prevention specialists who explain how shoplifting impacts the community and retail employees.  Or Straight Talk, where a former prisoner talks about the power of all the little choices made every day to determine life’s direction.  A police officer volunteers his time to our Alcohol/Drug Awareness program (ADAPT), an interactive discussion with teens charged with alcohol or drug offenses about the effects of prolonged abuse on their future.  Another officer runs the M-Power mentoring program for young men in need of positive male role models.  An important part of each sentence is jury duty, which gives the defendant the opportunity to help determine another teen’s sentence, again reinforcing the principles of restorative justice: acknowledging the harm caused, accepting responsibility and repairing the harm to the victim and the community.

Teen Court’s volunteers harness the power of peer pressure in a positive way.  In fact, the impact of the program is so strong that about 10% of our defendants become volunteers themselves after completing the program.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Teen Court, and new volunteers are always needed.  Whether you are a student, an interested adult, a lawyer or a judge, we have a place for you!

 

At our Annual Luncheon on April 13, 2017, Teen Court premiered Colorado Springs Teen Court: The Movie (2017) to over 500 attendees at the DoubleTree by Hilton. 

If you were unable to make it to the luncheon, you can view the movie right here on the Colorado Springs Teen Court website! 

 

MALLORIE SALAZAR

 Mallorie Salazar was born in Greeley, Colorado and lived there for three years before she and her grandparents moved to New Mexico with her grandfather’s job with the US Government. After her grandfather retired, Mallorie and her family moved to Raton, New Mexico, where she graduated from Raton High School with the class of 2010.  After graduating from high school, Mallorie moved to Colorado Springs to attend UCCS, graduating in December 2014 with her degree in Criminal Justice. She started with Teen Court as an intern in the Fall of 2014 and in January 2015, Mallorie was hired on part time before going full time in July 2015. She is currently the Program/Development Coordinator for Teen Court. Mallorie is an alumna of Phi Sigma Sigma and enjoys spending her time working with their headquarters to review Social Media and Marketing Plans.  Mallorie is very family oriented and loves to visit her family whenever she can. Mallorie is a credentialed writer by the Denver Nuggets and interviews players and staff and writes for Dig In Denver, part of the Real Ball Insiders Network. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, theater, travelling, and attending concerts.

  Erick Groskopf

Erick was born and raised in Los Angeles, California before moving to Colorado Springs in 1996.  He attended Corpus Christi Catholic School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 2004.  He studied Criminal Justice at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and graduated with a B.A. in 2010.  He also minored in Theater, something that has become a passion for him in his free time.  He began working with Colorado Springs Teen Court as an intern before graduating in May 2010.  After volunteering all summer, he was hired on as a Program Assistant.  Seven years later, he is now the Volunteer/Operations Director and is responsible for coordinating all Teen Court volunteers which include over 150 youth alone in addition to dozens of community members, attorneys, and judges.  In addition to people-wrangling and staying in contact with all of the volunteers, he is constantly seeing to the needs of the hundreds of defendants (and their parents) currently coming through the Teen Court program.  

   TYLER KOETS

 

 Tyler Koets is a Colorado native. He was born in Denver, grew up in Littleton, and moved to Colorado Springs to attend UCCS.  He graduated from UCCS in the spring of 2013 with his bachelors in Criminal Justice.  He works for Colorado Springs Teen Court as their Program Manager.  He started with the organization as an intern his senior year of college and was hired on part time in the fall of 2013 and then hired on full time in February of 2014.  Before he started working with Colorado Springs Teen Court, he worked at Sportsman’s Warehouse in the fishing department and the hunting department.  He also worked at Angler’s Covey, which is one of the largest independently owned fly shops in the country.  Outside of work, he loves to be outdoors.  He is a big fly fisherman and tries to be on the river whenever he can.  He also enjoys playing golf.  He is an easy going person who gets along with just about anybody and loves meeting new people.

MORGAN MOTE

 

Morgan Mote dedicates her life to helping and working with at-risk youth as the Executive Director of Colorado Springs Teen Court.  Over the last 12 years, she also has worked with at-risk youth in Sweden, Bosnia, Mexico, and throughout the United States in educational and humanitarian programs. Morgan graduated magna cum laude from Colorado Christian University with a Bachelor in Communication. She is a certified restorative mediator and facilitator within Colorado Springs. She continues to find effective ways to help at-risk youth learn and develop as productive community members. She is happily married and has two little children. Morgan enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling.