In our Youth in Transition program, teams of volunteers from law firms and corporations teach young people about law and the legal system and develop in them the skills to use that knowledge to successfully transition into adulthood.
The program targets underserved youth populations—including those in foster care, the juvenile justice system, or homeless/runaway programs.
How the Program Works
1) Teaching Site
Street Law identifies a teaching site, typically a local residential facility or community-based program that serves youths.
Street Law staff conducts an training session for the volunteers. Important topics like interactive teaching methods, working with youths, and important legal content will be covered. The training will also walk volunteers through the program's curriculum, and, with the help of youths from the teaching site, volunteers will decide which lesson plans to teach.
The training is conducted at the office of the participating company or law firm at the beginning of the program cycle. Attendance is mandatory for participating volunteers.
3) Program Implementation
A program cycle is typically eight weeks long, with one lesson taught each week. Each lesson is taught by a team of 4–6 trained volunteers. Depending on the number of volunteers, each team teaches once or twice a month.
Each lesson includes practical legal content and activities that encourage young people to apply what they’ve learned and develop and strengthen critical-thinking and communications skills. In addition, youths will get to know the volunteers and learn about their professions—the volunteers also learn a great deal from the students!
Participating companies and law firms must commit to provide the following essential program ingredients:
- At least four volunteers who are commited to the project's mission and able to devote the time it requires. The volunteers will visit the site and co-teach lessons with their team. (Total time commitment = 16–18 hours)
- A project leader who recruits volunteers, coordinates volunteer participation, and is the primary point of contact for Street Law and the teaching site. (Total time commitment = 14 hours)
- Each team of volunteers will be led by a team captain who will plan the team lesson; communicate with team members and the project leader; schedule team visits to site; and assign and confirm team members' roles in lesson and activities. (Total time commitment = 12 hours)
- All volunteers must participate in the training at the beginning of the program cycle
- A program cycle typically includes eight weekly teaching sessions over an eight-week period.
- On average, each volunteer will team-teach one or two lessons a month.
- Each session lasts 60–90 minutes.
Contact Yolanda Johnson to learn more about this program and how you can involve your company or law firm.