Ap­pre­cia­tive of Vaughan, Teen Court

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I would like to take a mo­ment to shine a light of ap­pre­ci­a­tion on Ms. Sarah Vaughan, Charles County Teen Court co­or­di­na­tor.

Ear­lier this year my son was re­ferred to teen court for a speed­ing ticket. Our first step in the process was to meet with Ms. Vaughan in her of­fice. Our meet­ing lasted over two hours. In that time, Ms. Vaughan asked ques­tions, re­layed sto­ries and in­di­rectly gave sage ad­vice to my son. She was tak­ing the time to get to know him and not just “process” him through the pro­gram. Any­one that has met her knows Ms. Vaughan is not a soft spo­ken woman, yet her voice has ten­der­ness and com­pas­sion laced through it even at her loud­est. When you watch her in­ter­act with her teen court kids, you see how much she cares about them. Her pas­sion for her work is chang­ing their lives and giv­ing them a sec­ond chance to make the right de­ci­sions.

Since be­com­ing a part of Teen Court, my son has learned how to be a vol­un­teer. He has com­pleted seven Teen Courts, sit­ting on sev­eral ju­ries. And by an­swer­ing Ms. Vaughan’s ques­tions about his goals and plans, my son is start­ing to think about his fu­ture in ways he never did be­fore. If he had just gone to traf­fic court, he would have missed out on a few good life lessons. In clos­ing I would also like to thank the count­less adult vol­un­teers who freely give up their time ev­ery other Thurs­day evening. Their par­tic­i­pa­tion is what al­lows this pro­gram to con­tinue and be suc­cess­ful.

Tammy Bundy, Wel­come

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