The Municipal Court is involved with the youth in the community through the Drug Education for Youth (DEFY) program, the Lowndes Youth Leadership League, Georgia Special Olympics, Valdosta High School Students Mentorship in Leadership Education (SMILE), local career days, and a variety of other special events.
Additionally, the Court hosts a Mock Trial Program where area schools are invited to attend court and witness a mock trial. Students, through the Mock Trial Program, are able to learn about the court system, the functions of the court, the administration of justice and the trial process.
Judge Bender invited Valdosta High School Students ReJean Jacob and Brianna Biggs to spend time learning about the work of the Valdosta City Municipal Court as part the the "Shadow a Department Head" program.
Second grade students from Valwood participating in the Mock Trial Program 2015
Students help Judge Vernita L. Bender and representatives from the City of Valdosta Tree Commission plant a tree for Arbor Day 2015.