Teen & College
Teen Court's Becky Rubenstein Named Supervisor of the Year
Associate Judge Paul McNulty presented the VIP Supervisor of the Year award to Becky Rubenstein at the municipal court's volunteer recognition event. Becky has worked as the Juvenile Court Manager for more than 12 years and works with teen volunteers in the municipal court. The Teen Court program has grown through Becky's continuous efforts and her recruitment of top notch volunteers. She has a passion for bringing the best teenagers into the Teen Court program, to watch them develop presentation skills, the ability to think on their feet, and confidence in their own abilities.
“Through the dozen years that I have worked with Becky, I have seen her demonstrate an amazing rapport with teenagers of all backgrounds," said Chief Administrative Judge Don Stevenson. "She communicates with each young man or woman as an individual and senses whether cajoling, additional instruction, praise, or critique will motivate them to do their best in the courtroom."
Each year, Becky organizes a recognition dinner for the teens where both they and their parents can be honored for being outstanding citizens. Becky often supports the teen volunteers by writing letters of recommendation for their college applications.
Quotes from Teen Court Volunteers
"It has been an absolute blast and an experience I won't ever forget. The entire court system is incredibly interesting, and I think that the opportunity will continually help me as I go through college and adulthood." -- Elisabeth Pochyla
"Teen Court has been an unparalleled experience. I've learned so much about courtroom procedure and the opportunity has been such a unique way of contributing to my community. I've been able to improve my speaking skills and overall confidence." --Shivan Chokshi
"Thank you, Ms. Rubenstein, for everything you do--being a great mentor, motivator, and friend. And thank you for letting me be a part of the teen court family!
Visit the Teen Court page for more information about that program.
Eagle Scouts ID 135 Homes
In collaboration with VIP and the Planning Department, eight Boy Scouts dedicated part of their year to fulfilling the requirements for Eagle Scout rank. Each scout was tasked with installing rear premise ID markers on Love Where You Live (LWYL) identified homes. They went door-to-door in their assigned neighborhoods and offered this free service to homeowners.
Premise IDs include attaching the house number to the back of the home so that emergency responders and City services can easily navigate through the alleyways. Each scout created their own plan for getting permission, gathering supplies, building the markers, and recruiting troop members for installation. In total, 135 homes were marked, and 125 Boy Scouts participated.
If you are interested in doing a similar Eagle Scout project, please contact CorinaS@plano.gov or 972-941-7617.
UPDATE 7/14/16 - Thank you to all who have registered in our Teen program. Due to a lengthy waiting list, our Fall waiting list is now CLOSED. Interested teens (13-17 years old) can join the waiting list for 2017 by clicking the Sign Up buttonHERE. This waiting list is only for Plano Libraries, Recreation Centers, and Special Events. Those who apply will receive an auto-response email confirmation. College students 18+ will receive further information after applying.
About the Teen Program (Waitlisted positions)
When we do have openings, the Volunteers in Plano program recruits and schedules teen volunteers to assist with the following programs:
- Plano Public Libraries (13 and up)
- Children’s and Family Programming (13 and up)
- Library Computer Classes (16 and up)
- Math Tutoring at Harrington Library (16 and up)
- Summer Programs (13 and up)
- Senior Center Tuesday Evening Dances (14 and up)
- Special Events
- Ushering for Plano Stages (16 and up)
- Conventions/Visitors Events (16 and up)
- Learn2Live Green – April 2016
- Plano Labor Day Soccer Tournament 2016
- Boo Bash – October 2016
- Summer Book Sale 2016
- Christmas Craft Fair – November 2016
- Adapted Recreation (14 and up)
- Summer Camps 2016
- Camp Cimarron (16 and up)
- Kid Kapers (14 and up)
- TR Camps (14 and up)
- Summer office positions (limited) (16 and up)
Summer Volunteers Needed to "Go Ape!"
Seeking volunteers (18 years old+) to help young summer campers on the brand new Go Ape! Zip Line and Treetop Adventure at Oak Point Park from June 7- August 9.
Tuesdays 8:30am-12pm - 24 campers /10 volunteers
Wednesdays 8:30am-11am - 12 Campers / 5 volunteers
Each volunteer will assist two campers with the course and get to enjoy the Go Ape! adventure for free!
Want to help these Plano kids have a great treetop experience? Contact Corina Sadler at CorinaS@plano.gov or call 972-941-7617 to be added to the interest list. Interviews and background checks will be scheduled in May.
Legal - The City Attorney of Plano is seeking law students for unpaid/volunteer internships for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Candidates should be organized, have strong legal writing, analysis, and research skills. Opportunities include working with our transactional attorneys in the City Attorney’s office or in our Prosecution office to assist with municipal court prosecution services. Student must have completed one year of Law School and be able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week for the full semester. Scheduling is flexible.
Library - MLS Practicums are currently available at the Plano libraries for college students.
Opportunities in other departments may also be available. Learn more about your future career path by serving in Plano as a student volunteer. We will work with your university to fulfill credit requirements where applicable. For more information, contact Robin Popik.
Plano Conservancy Scholarship Winner Returns to Serve Non-profit Group in Summer Internship
PLANO, TEXAS - June 23, 2015 - For Ashley Gaudlip, coming back home to Plano to seek a summer internship just made sense. A 2013 graduate of Plano Senior High School, Gaudlip grew up in Plano. She currently attends Tulane University in New Orleans, where she is studying architecture, preservation and the Classics.
When considering summer internship opportunities, Gaudlip immediately thought of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc., a Plano-based non-profit that manages Plano's Interurban Railway Museum and is involved in a wide variety of community historic preservation initiatives.
Read the entire article, Plano Conservancy Scholarship Winner Returns to Serve Non-profit Group in Summer Internship, in the Dallas Morning News.
UPDATE - Thank you to all who have registered in our Teen program. Due to a lengthy waiting list, our Fall waiting list is now CLOSED. Interested teens (13-17 years old) can join the waiting list for 2017 by clicking the Sign Up button HERE. This waiting list is only for Plano Libraries, Recreation Centers, and Special Events. Those who apply will receive an auto-response email confirmation. College students 18+ will receive further information after applying. The programs below are available now and are not part of our wait-listed positions.
Fire and Police Explorer Programs
Fire Department - Explore a career in the Fire Department. This is for boys and girls ages 16-21 years old who may be interested in a career in the Fire Department. Plano Explorer Post 215 is now accepting applications. The Fire Department offers a wide variety of career paths for men and women. Now is a great time to learn about what these careers are really like. Apply at /2481/PFR-Explorers.
- Must be between 16-21 years old
- Must be enrolled in high school or have a high school diploma
- Must maintain a “75” grade point average
Police Department - Explore a Career in Law Enforcement. The Plano Law Enforcement Explorer Program is always seeking new, qualified, members. For general information visit the program website. Apply at /780.
- Minimum age of 14 and graduated the 8th grade
- Maximum age of 20
- Must be registered in school
- Must be passing all classes
- Must Pass background check
- Must Pass Review Board (Interview)
Visit the Teen Court page for more information about that program.
Although we require Animal Shelter volunteers to be over 18, students are welcome to collect items for the shelter or hold donation drives.