Street Law designed its Legal Life Skills for Youths program using a positive youth development approach to support young people through challenging transitions and prepare them to succeed as adults. It meets the unique needs of a variety of youth populations, including young people who are
- involved in the court/juvenile justice systems
- aging out of foster care
- re-entering the community from residential
- placements or detention centers
- pregnant and/or parenting
Most Legal Life Skills programs are hosted by agencies or organizations serving these youth populations, but law firms or corporate legal departments may choose to sponsor a program in partnership with a local agency, organization, or school. Contact Yolanda Johnson for more information.
Like all Street Law initiatives, Legal Life Skills for Youths includes practical, relevant, legal content, facilitation by trained, competent, and caring professionals, and the opportunity to practice and build skills. Social service or legal professionals lead participants through lessons that are built on the interests and experiences of the youths and include information they can use in their daily lives. The lessons and activities build skills like conflict resolution, decision-making, communication, analytical thinking, and advocacy skills. All lesson facilitators are trained and supported by Street Law.
“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