CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Memphis and Shelby County is a non-profit that trains volunteers to be advocates in Juvenile Court for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children to make sure they do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system. Students who wish to volunteer go through an application and screening process, and then once accepted, they will participate in 44 hours of training before being sworn in by a Judge of Juvenile Court as an advocate. CASA of Memphis and Shelby County also offers various student internships throughout the year.
"My time with CASA has been so rewarding because CASA constantly gives back not only to children in the Memphis community, but it also gives back to me. Everyday I am able to see the huge difference made by CASA advocating for abused and neglected children in Memphis. CASA has impacted the way I interact at Rhodes and with the world around me." - Ashlee Drinkard, 2014