Allstate's Chicago Youth in Transition team
September 11, 2012
This fall Allstate and the legal department at Hilton Worldwide, will implement Street Law's Youth in Transition program at five new sites across the country. The Youth in Transition program was designed to empower youths transitioning out of foster care with knowledge about the laws and legal systems that impact their everyday lives. Street Law is expanding the program's scope to include additional underserved youth populations.
The Youth in Transition curriculum includes lessons on family law, foster care, consumer law, housing, employment, education, and criminal law. Volunteers attend an eight-hour training session in which they learn important legal content, interactive teaching methods, and how to effectively work with youths and construct strong adult-youth partnerships. Youths from the teaching sites play an important role in the training—helping to determine what lessons will be taught and providing insight into how to best meet their needs. Teams of volunteers co-teach lessons at their sites once a week over the course of the eight week program.
Hilton Worldwide is starting their first program with foster youths in Alexandria, VA. Allstate will be working with youths at independent living/foster care facilities in Chicago, Newark, and New Orleans. In addition, Allstate is piloting Youth in Transition with two Chicago-based community organizations that serve other youth populations transitioning into adulthood: LGBTQ youths at the Center on Halsted and Hispanic/Latin-American youths at Casa Central.
(Reproduced with permission)