“The engaging material and student-friendly approach to delivering the lessons really helped the participants understand and retain information about the law and their legal rights and responsibilities.”
– Haley Kartey, Independent Living Coordinator, Maryland Department of Social Services, Prince George’s County
Street Law’s Legal Life Skills Program empowers and equips vulnerable people with the legal knowledge and civic skills needed to succeed as adults, combat inequality, and engage in their communities. The program’s accompanying curriculum helps organizations and government agencies meet the needs of a variety of people, including those who are:
- involved in the court/juvenile justice systems
- aging out of foster care
- crossover youth
- re-entering the community from residential placements or detention centers
- pregnant and/or parenting
- survivors of intimate partner violence
This curriculum will include a three-ring binder of lessons, plus electronic access to teaching strategies, accompanying presentation slides, and other resources. Each lesson will include handouts participants can keep, including references for additional local resources. Lesson topics include the following:
- juvenile justice system
- criminal law and its costs to society
- gun laws
- rights and responsibilities during an arrest
- conflict resolution and triggers
- use of force
- civic participation
- employment law
- housing law
- financial literacy
- intimate partner violence
- health care
How to get the curriculum
This new curriculum will be made available for sale on our website in early 2017. Please fill out this form if you'd like to be notified when it becomes available.
If you have questions about the curriculum, please contact Yolanda Johnson.
Since 1979, Street Law has brought its interactive, empowering brand of civic education to vulnerable people.
- From 1979–2014, Street Law partnered with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to provide law-related education programs for pre-adjudicated youths and youths on probation. This program and its accompanying curriculum were called Save Our Streets.
- In the 2000s, Street Law produced curricula and trained service providers working with youths in the juvenile justice system as well as pregnant and parenting teens. These curricula were titled Street Law for Juvenile Justice Programs and Street Law’s Parents and the Law.
- In 2004, Street Law developed the Youth in Transition program and curriculum to empower young adults aging out of the foster care systems.
These initiatives are now unified in the Legal Life Skills Program.
In addition to the curriculum, Street Law staff is available to train people to teach the lessons effectively. A Street Law training will equip those delivering the lessons to maximize the lessons’ impact on students. Street Law can design custom Legal Life Skills trainings for the following groups:
- police officers
- juvenile detention staff
- probation staff
- foster care providers
- community-based organizations
- legal professionals
To learn more about training opportunities, including costs, please contact Yolanda Johnson.