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Street Law /
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.
Street Law also offers curriculum and training for professionals who work directly with foster care youths.
Second edition, 2006
(PDFs on a flash drive)
senior program director
31 July 2014
1 November 2013
25 September 2012
11 September 2012
In our Youth in Transition program, 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.
Street Law identifies a teaching site, typically a local residential facility or community-based program that serves youths.
Street Law staff conducts an training session for the volunteers. Important topics like interactive teaching methods, working with youths, and important legal content will be covered. The training will also walk volunteers through the program's curriculum, and, with the help of youths from the teaching site, volunteers will decide which lesson plans to teach.
The training is conducted at the office of the participating company or law firm at the beginning of the program cycle. Attendance is mandatory for participating volunteers.
A program cycle is typically eight weeks long, with one lesson taught each week. Each lesson is taught by a team of 4–6 trained volunteers. Depending on the number of volunteers, each team teaches once or twice a month.
Each lesson includes practical legal content and activities that encourage young people to apply what they’ve learned and develop and strengthen critical-thinking and communications skills. In addition, youths will get to know the volunteers and learn about their professions—the volunteers also learn a great deal from the students!
Participating companies and law firms must commit to provide the following essential program ingredients:
Contact Deborah Foster. to learn more about this program and how you can involve your company or law firm.
Youth in Transition empowers youth by providing them with practical legal knowledge presented through interactive lessons that promote cooperative learning, critical thinking, and the development of life skills. The lessons focus on practical, relevant topics:
Contact Deborah Foster to learn more about this program and how you can involve your company or law firm.
Participating corporations and law firms have access to program resources and lesson plans. You must log in to your StreetLaw.org account to gain access to these materials:
If you are a Youth in Transition volunteer with a registered account and are having problems accessing your materials, please contact Allison Hawkins for assistance.
Street Law, Inc. 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 870Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(301) 589-1130(301) 589-1131 firstname.lastname@example.org