Program Description: 

Guilford County Teen Court is a diversion program that began in February 1999 under One Step Further, Inc. It is a real court with a real judge presiding over each trial and court session. Teen Court judges are community volunteers and are either a presiding judge on the Guilford County circuit or a practicing attorney in Guilford County. Court hearings are held weekly on Tuesday evenings at courthouses in Greensboro and High Point. Our success rate averages between 96% and 98%. Parental support is key to a child’s success.

 

Who Can Refer?    

Program referrals come from School Resource Officers, Juvenile Court Counselors, Police and Sheriff's

Department personnel, and School representatives.


Target Population:

Teen Court (TC) targets youth offenders ages 6 to 17 whose behavior constitutes a misdemeanor violation of the law for Class I, II or III misdemeanors as defined by current statutory guidelines, and who are actively enrolled in an educational program.  Youth are eligible for TC participation under these guidelines as a first committed offense or, youth who have been adjudicated delinquent or undisciplined in court on a previous offense, but have not participated in Teen Court in the past. TC referrals are made by School Resource Officers, law enforcement officials, and juvenile court counselors. 


Program Goals:

The benefits of a child participating and completing the Teen Court program are that they gain an

understanding of consequences for their negative actions, learn about self and community responsibility 

and accountability, and how their actions effect not just them but those around them. Some of our Teen 

Court clients return to become volunteers for the program. Being referred to participate in the program 

provides the youth one opportunity to have that charge dismissed and not acquire a juvenile criminal 

record.


Program Schedule:

Intakes appointments are completed in Greensboro and High Point by appointment.

Court Proceedings are conducted at the Greensboro Guilford County courthouse each Tuesday evening 

(except the 1st Tuesday of the month).

Court Proceedings are conducted at the High Point Guilford County courthouse on the 1st Tuesday of 

each month.

 

Where is Teen Court conducted?

Teen Court operates out of the One Step Further, Inc. office in Greensboro, Southside Recreation Center
in High Point, and the Guilford County Courthouses in Greensboro and High Point.

Phone: 336-275-3699, Ext. 207

Fax : 336-378-0959

Email: dhill@onestepfurther.com

Dawn Hill
Teen Court Program Director

I am a native of Tennessee, but moved to Greensboro, NC in 1979. I have worked with One Step Further, Inc. since March of 1993. I started in Winston-Salem, NC and have worked in many different programs over the years. I began working with Guilford County Teen Court part-time in 1999, became the Assistant in 2003, and Program Director in 2007.

 

I believe in the process and mission of the Teen Court program in that youth deserve a second chance due to bad decisions. Working with the youth comes easy to me, and I love what I do in serving them and their families. 

 

I love spending time with my three grown children, six grandchildren, and other family members. I have 2 dogs and a cat. I also like gardening, DIY home improvements, traveling and baking.

Jen Shoe
Teen Court Program Assistant

Phone: 336-275-3699, Ext. 212

Fax:   336-378-0959

Email: jshoe@onestepfurther.com

Phone: 336-275-3699, Ext 

Fax: 336-378-0959

Email: qcollins@onestepfurther.com

Quiana Collins

Outreach Case Manager

Quiana Collins is from a region along the lines of the coast. She earned a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and a minor in African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

She started volunteering at One Step Further, Inc. in November 2018 with the Guilford County Teen Court Program. In August 2019, she became the Outreach Case Manager and a Juvenile Life Skills Instructor.

She is also an educator. She admits that she once made honest mistakes, bad choices, had delinquent thoughts and performed deviant behavior, but because of the amazing grace that surrounded her and an unusual and phenomenal force that led her to attend UNCG, her mindset, behavior, and attitude changed for the best.

She believes in Teen Court's vision, which operates through a Restorative Justice Model, giving youth a second chance and allowing change to take its course. To her, it's about meeting them somewhere along the lines of where they are.

She enjoys her family and friends. She likes having her space, social life, and social gatherings. She likes trying new things, reading, traveling, riding Goldwings, and more. Most of all, smiling and having fun!

Her encouragement to you: a fish cannot live its optimum life in contaminated water. In order to do so, the water needs to be changed. The same goes for you. Change your environment and be around people who celebrate you and not just tolerate you. Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might, because there isn't anything you can do in your grave.