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Closing the Gap: Civic Leadership for Youth
An initiative in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. to teach African American youths about the importance of civil rights history, its impact on their rights and responsibilities, and how they can be active, engaged members of their communities.
2013 Civics and Civil Rights Institute
(July 10–12, 2013)
senior program director
14 January 2013
9 December 2011
Street Law is seeking volunteers in D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark, NJ, New York, Boston, Hartford, CT and New Haven, CT to participate in Breakfast with a Civil Rights Legend and Youth Act for Change. The time commitment is minimal: about 7 hours over the course of a few weeks. If you are interested in participating, please contact Deborah Foster.
This initiative is being implemented in select elementary, middle, and high schools in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Through a three-tiered approach, African American students will learn about civil rights and advocacy with an end goal of developing a deep understanding of the importance and impact of the civil rights movement and how they can be active, engaged members of their communities.
Three programs make up this initiative:
Throughout the course of this initiative, which runs November 2011 through October 2014, more than 3,000 upper elementary and middle school students will participate in the programs. Additionally, the high school teachers trained in the Civic and Civil Rights Institute will pass their knowledge on to approximately 5,000 students each year.
These programs will develop in students a number of essential skills, such as advocacy, communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking, which will better equip them to overcome challenges in how they learn and improve their lives. Students will also benefit from the exposure to positive adult role models. All three initiatives will involve community leaders—professionals, judges, lawyers, and activists—who will share their experience and expertise.
Due to the scope of the grant providing funding for Closing the Gap: Civic Leadership for Youth, participation is limited to schools in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.
However, the individual components of the program are available from Street Law, Inc.
Our Breakfast with a Legend program teaches young people about rules and laws and the importance of community involvement through a series of lessons and classroom visits.
For the Closing the Gap initiative, we recruited volunteers who lived during the African American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s to serve as Legends and to share their life’s experiences over breakfast. Law student volunteers and Street Law staff also participated.
Thank you to the following participating schools, volunteers, and Legends for making this program a success:
The National Archives: The National Archives is generously hosting the Civics & Civil Rights Institute for Teachers. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, The National Archives and Records Administration serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage.
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