What is the program's goal?
- Who participates?
- What is a Legend?
- What is a Legal Resource Person (LRP)?
- How can this program benefit participating law firms/bar associations/agencies?
- What does participation in this program involve?
- Do you have to have experience working with youth to volunteer?
- What is the program timeline?
- What does Street Law, Inc. provide participating law firms/bar associations/agencies?
- Are there any costs involved?
- Can law firms with multiple offices get involved?
- What are the lessons about?
- How will the lessons benefit the students?
- How long are the classroom visits?
- Is there an ideal number of schools/classes to work with?
- Can participating law firms/bar associations/agencies use photos of the classroom visits in public relations materials?
- What happens after the program ends?
Q: What is the program's goal?
A: The program’s goal is simple: to teach young people about the law by connecting them with the wisdom and human experiences of Legends who have made contributions to the development of justice and equality in their communities. Through active learning students gain knowledge of practical information about the law and the importance of civic participation.
Q: Who participates?
A: There are three key types of participants necessary to make the Legends program successful – the volunteers (Legal Resource People), the school (teachers and students), and the Legends.
The participating law firm/bar association/agency is responsible for recruiting volunteers and Legends and securing a partner school.
Q: What is a Legal Resource Person (LRP)?
A: LRPs are attorneys, paralegals, and other law-related professionals from participating law firms/bar associations/agencies. They go into the classrooms and prepare students for visits with their Legends by teaching three lessons focusing on their Legends' lives, rules and laws, and conflict resolution.
Q: What is a Legend?
A: Legends are local leaders from law-related professions who have contributed positively to their communities. Examples of ideal Legends include judges, elected officials, community activists, police officers, and journalists. The Legends make three classroom visits where they have breakfast with the students, get to know them and answer their questions, and teach lessons on law and school rules. They serve as role-models and encourage students to excel in life and be active citizens in their communities.
Q: How can this program benefit participating law firms/bar associations/agencies?
A: The Breakfast with a Legend™ program is a rewarding way for legal organizations of all sizes to give back to their communities by empowering young people through law-related education. Participation in the program provides law firms and bar associations with an excellent public relations opportunity to increase their visibility. It is also an outstanding team-building activity that increases cohesiveness among participants.
Q: What does this program involve?
A: The program consists of the following parts:
- Training, conducted by Street Law, Inc., for participating law firms, bar associations, and agencies and the teachers from their partner classrooms
- Three Legal Resource People visits, during which three lessons are taught
- Three Legends visits— including breakfast, during which two lessons are taught
- Journal writing and enhancement activities
- Program assessment
- Technical assistance for the program coordinator
Participants must designate a program coordinator to oversee the implementation of the program, which includes the following:
- Recruiting Legal Resource People, school(s), and Legend(s)
- Coordinating training with Street Law, Inc.
- Scheduling classroom visits
- Preparing and distributing materials
- Surveying participants to determine program success
Q: Do volunteers have to have experience working with youth?
A: No prior experience with youth is required. However, it is important for volunteers to be patient, flexible, and personable when working with young children.
Q: What is the program timeline?
A: The program timeline is decided by the administering agency and the teacher. The program works best when conducted over three consecutive months in the early part of the school year because it's less likely to conflict with testing and field trips. Conducting visits over consecutive months increases the likelihood that students will retain the information learned in each lesson. Winter months should be avoided in colder climates, as weather-related school closings and delays can create scheduling challenges.
Q: What does Street Law, Inc. provide participating law firms/bar associations/agencies?
A: Each participating group receives the following:
- Five easy-to-use lesson plans that employ interactive strategies such as continuums and role-plays.
- Templates for the program journal, which prompts student thinking about vocabulary words, skills learned, and questions for the Legal Resource People and Legend. There is also an open writing section for students to share their personal experiences from each visit.
- Templates for stickers, name badges, bookmarks, and certificates
- Materials to help the Legal Resource People, Legends, and teachers assess the effectiveness of the sessions and overall program
- MOU template to use with participating schools
- Sample image release form for the students
- Press kit
- Technical assistance
Q: Are there any costs involved?
A: There is a fee that covers the use of Street Law’s licensed materials – including lessons, journals, and other branded supplies – as well as training and technical assistance. Each participating agency is also responsible for providing supplies and materials, including breakfasts and the cost of printing journals.
Q: Can law firms with multiple offices get involved?
A: Absolutely! The licensing fee covers multiple offices and includes training and technical assistance.
Q: What are the lessons about?
A: The Legal Resource People teach lessons on the Legend, rules and law, and triggers and conflict resolution. The Legends teach lessons on laws and school rules.
Q: How can the lessons benefit the students?
A: Proper implementation of the lessons can achieve the following:
- provide children with an introduction to a Legend in their communities
- develop their reading and writing skills
- improve their understanding of the importance of rules and laws
- improve their basic communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills
Q: How long are the classroom visits?
A: Each visit by the Legal Resource People is approximately 60 minutes. The Legends’ visits, which include breakfast, range from 60–90 minutes, depending on teacher and Legend availability.
Q: Is there an ideal number of schools/classes to work with?
A: The number of classes each participant works with depends on the number of volunteers and Legends that are recruited. The program budget should also be considered to ensure that it can withstand the cost of supplies and materials – like breakfasts and the printing of journals.
Street Law, Inc. suggests starting out with two or three classes to get the volunteers acclimated to being in a classroom environment and for the coordinator to get a sense of the administrative time and responsibilities required.
Q: Can participating law firms/bar associations/agencies use photos of the classroom visits in public relations materials?
A: Yes, as long as, prior to taking photos, each student and teacher has returned a completed release. A sample photo release form is available to participants in the online toolkit.
Q: What happens after the program ends?
A: For participants wishing to further engage with the students after the six classroom visits are complete, there are a number of optional enhancement activities – examples include field trips, job shadowing, and mock trials.
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