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A: The program’s goal is simple: to teach young people about the law by connecting them with the wisdom and human experiences of Legends who have made contributions to the development of justice and equality in their communities. Through active learning students gain knowledge of practical information about the law and the importance of civic participation.
A: There are three key types of participants necessary to make the Legends program successful – the volunteers (Legal Resource People), the school (teachers and students), and the Legends.
The participating law firm/bar association/agency is responsible for recruiting volunteers and Legends and securing a partner school.
A: LRPs are attorneys, paralegals, and other law-related professionals from participating law firms/bar associations/agencies. They go into the classrooms and prepare students for visits with their Legends by teaching three lessons focusing on their Legends' lives, rules and laws, and conflict resolution.
A: Legends are local leaders from law-related professions who have contributed positively to their communities. Examples of ideal Legends include judges, elected officials, community activists, police officers, and journalists. The Legends make three classroom visits where they have breakfast with the students, get to know them and answer their questions, and teach lessons on law and school rules. They serve as role-models and encourage students to excel in life and be active citizens in their communities.
A: The 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. Participation in the program provides law firms and bar associations with an excellent public relations opportunity to increase their visibility. It is also an outstanding team-building activity that increases cohesiveness among participants.
A: The program consists of the following parts:
Participants must designate a program coordinator to oversee the implementation of the program, which includes the following:
A: No prior experience with youth is required. However, it is important for volunteers to be patient, flexible, and personable when working with young children.
A: The program timeline is decided by the administering agency and the teacher. The program works best when conducted over three consecutive months in the early part of the school year because it's less likely to conflict with testing and field trips. Conducting visits over consecutive months increases the likelihood that students will retain the information learned in each lesson. Winter months should be avoided in colder climates, as weather-related school closings and delays can create scheduling challenges.
Breakfast with a Legend™ program: Program timeframe and activities
A: Each participating group receives the following:
A: There is a fee that covers the use of Street Law’s licensed materials – including lessons, journals, and other branded supplies – as well as training and technical assistance. Each participating agency is also responsible for providing supplies and materials, including breakfasts and the cost of printing journals.
A: Absolutely! The licensing fee covers multiple offices and includes training and technical assistance.
A: The Legal Resource People teach lessons on the Legend, rules and law, and triggers and conflict resolution. The Legends teach lessons on laws and school rules.
A: Proper implementation of the lessons can achieve the following:
A: Each visit by the Legal Resource People is approximately 60 minutes. The Legends’ visits, which include breakfast, range from 60–90 minutes, depending on teacher and Legend availability.
A: The number of classes each participant works with depends on the number of volunteers and Legends that are recruited. The program budget should also be considered to ensure that it can withstand the cost of supplies and materials – like breakfasts and the printing of journals.
Street Law, Inc. suggests starting out with two or three classes to get the volunteers acclimated to being in a classroom environment and for the coordinator to get a sense of the administrative time and responsibilities required.
A: Yes, as long as, prior to taking photos, each student and teacher has returned a completed release. A sample photo release form is available to participants in the online toolkit.
A: For participants wishing to further engage with the students after the six classroom visits are complete, there are a number of optional enhancement activities – examples include field trips, job shadowing, and mock trials.
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Street Law, Inc. 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 870Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
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