Street Law’s Legal Life Skills Programs equip people with the legal knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others. Street Law trains social service professionals, juvenile justice professionals, community based providers and volunteers from the legal profession, who then lead participants through a series of practical law lessons designed to boost knowledge and build skills. This program includes the hallmarks of all Street Law initiatives:
- Lessons are built on the interests and experiences of the participants and include information they can use in their daily lives.
- Learning sessions are facilitated by Street Law-trained, competent, and caring professionals.
- Participants have the opportunity to practice and build key life skills, like conflict resolution, decision-making, communication, analytical thinking, and advocacy skills.
- Participants graduate from the program ready to thrive and succeed as informed, empowered, and civically active adults!
The Legal Life Skills curriculum includes topics that are relevant to the lives of the participants: housing law, employment law, financial literacy, the juvenile and criminal justice system, conflict resolution, health care, intimate partner violence, and lessons that focus on interacting with law enforcement.
Street Law currently offers Legal Life Skills for Youths and for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. To discuss ways to bring this program to other populations, contact program director Yolanda Johnson.