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Deborah Foster

senior program director

Street Law, Inc.

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

Staff photo: Deborah Foster

Deborah has been with Street Law since 1997.  She directs the organization's programs for vulnerable youth including juvenile justice, crime prevention, conflict resolution, youth aging out of foster care, youth advocacy and leadership programs nationwide.  Over the years, Deborah has expanded local programs into national and international settings: she took Save Our Streets into Connecticut and implemented Youth Act!® programs in the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Moldova.  She also leads Street Law's efforts to increase civic engagement by youth through education about civil rights. 


301.589.1130 ext. 223


Breakfast with a Legend

Street Law’s Breakfast with a Legend program is a rewarding way for legal organizations of all sizes to give back to their communities by empowering young people through law-related education. In a series of classroom visits, participating attorneys, paralegals, and Legends — local leaders from law-related professions who have contributed... Read more

Community Works

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.... Read more

Educating About Intellectual Property

Street Law’s intellectual property initiative educates young people about the role of intellectual property in our society and the laws and policies in place to protect both the property owners and the citizens who use it. Read more

Juvenile Justice

Street Law's juvenile justice program provides practical assistance to people teaching about law and public policy to students in the juvenile justice system. The manual is also a valuable supplement to existing law-related education, citizenship, or civics programs. Read more

Save Our Streets

Our Save Our Streets (SOS) program began in 1995 to promote diversion and to teach young people about the laws and public policies related to weapons and weapons offenses; how to safely resolve conflict without the use of weapons; and how to access community resources and work effectively with lawyers... Read more

Summer Associates Program

Summer associates at DC law firms teach young people valuable, practical lessons about employment law, advocacy, and conflict resolution. This program provides firms with a wonderful opportunity to enhance the experience of its summer associates, while helping teens develop important knowledge and skills. Read more

Youth Act!

The Youth Act!® program teaches young people how to advocate for meaningful change in their communities.  Using the advocacy process as a guide, youths design and participate in a community problem-solving project. Read more

Youth in Transition

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.... Read more