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Community Works

Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

Community Works combines education and action to reduce teen victimization and to get youth involved in their communities. This curriculum is appropriate for volunteers with little teaching experience or limited time for lesson planning. The two-volume set is full of highly interactive activities that build leadership and communication skills. The program culminates in a community service project - planned, designed, and implemented by youth.

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The Curriculum

Community Works provides a practical understanding of crime and crime prevention that young people find useful in their everyday lives.  It is the ideal companion to youth and violence prevention programming because it strives to:

  • Teach teens to be resources for each other and to interact positively with community members
  • Develop communication and problem-solving skills
  • Strengthen young people's awareness of their community's resources
  • Encourage youth to focus on their leadership role in the community

Anyone who has an interest in developing leadership skills in young people and helping them take an active role in their communities can benefit from Community Works. The program/curriculum has been successfully implemented by:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Youth group facilitators
  • Police officers/school resource officers
  • Social workers
  • Court designated workers
  • Guidance counselors
  • Parents
  • PTA / PTOs
  • Youth

Community Works can be implemented in a variety of settings.  Examples include: 

  • Schools
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • YMCAs
  • Community centers
  • Juvenile justice facilities
  • After-school programs
  • Summer programs and camps
  • Places of worship and faith-based organizations
  • Recreation programs

Training and Professional Development

Street Law can design custom training and provide technical assistance in implementing the Community Works curriculum to teachers and educators, juvenile justice professionals, police officers, health and social service professionals, and NGO leaders and staff who are interested in creating law-related violence and crime prevention programming.

If your school or organization is interested in contracting with Street Law to design a custom training experience, please contact Judith Zimmer.