Street Law’s Youth Act!® program is ideal for groups of young people in school, after-school, and community settings. It has been successfully implemented across the U.S. and adapted for international use in Belarus, Egypt, Moldova, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
The Youth Act!® program is typically implemented by teams of volunteers from corporations, law firms, or law schools or via staff from secondary schools or community-based organizations. Street Law provides comprehensive training, teaching materials, and technical assistance for this fee-based program. Participating groups provide volunteers, a licensing fee, and some supplies and program enhancements.
The Youth Act!® program appeals to diverse learning styles and abilities and has been used with students ages 13 through 30. The program lays a foundation for young people to make a difference throughout their lives while building important civic engagement skills, including
- Public speaking
- Coalition building
- Community problem solving
In addition to the personal benefits of participation, young people participating in Youth Act!® get results! Here are a few examples of community problem solving in action:
- Advocated to install a stoplight at the entrance to their school by meeting with city council officials
- Became local experts on homelessness and developed informed and realistic public policy options
- Improved transportation conditions by successfully advocating for additional bus lines
- Testified before state legislative committees in support of pending legislation on graduating licensing
- Improved conditions and services of a local hospital's emergency room
- Lobbied local businesses to improve access to work-related training and employment opportunities for young people
- Used social media to conduct action alert campaigns to encourage community members to contact their elected representatives on pending votes for a gun control law
To learn more about starting a Youth Act!® Program, contact Judy Zimmer.