For the second year in a row, Council for Children’s Rights was invited to participate in a Mock Court event at Providence Day School. Members of the Council’s Defense Team participated along with a local judge and district attorney to simulate a real juvenile court experience for the students.
“..The mock trial afforded this group the opportunity to see the very real situations that so many young people are faced with when living with unfair challenges,” said Lee Tappy, Freshman Class Dean at Providence Day. “The decisions that children and teens make, or the decisions that are made for them, as a result of their lives at home, their parents’ struggles and the situations that they are faced with in their neighborhoods, often lead them to the courtrooms of Charlotte. I do not think that our students had considered the consequences of those instances and the powerful effect (both negative and positive) that they can have on an individual’s life.
“In addition, they also got to witness the very valuable work that the Council for Children’s Rights is doing to support those victims of circumstance, and it introduced them to another avenue on which they could travel to make a difference in the world around them.”
The project is part of the student’s focus on poverty issues. The court simulations are followed by a question and answer with the students.
“I hope that we can continue this partnership with CFCR in educating our students,” added Tappy. “I truly believe it will make a difference in their lives and the lives of those who they encounter.”