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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.

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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. 

The program targets underserved youth populations—including those in foster care, the juvenile justice system, or homeless/runaway programs.

 
How the Program Works

1) Teaching Site

Street Law identifies a teaching site, typically a local residential facility or community-based program that serves youths.

2) Training

Street Law staff conducts an eight-hour 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 eight-hour 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.

3) Program Implementation

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! 

 

Participant Commitment

Participating companies and law firms must commit to provide the following essential program ingredients:

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  • At least four volunteers who are commited to the project's mission and able to devote the time it requires. The volunteers will visit the site and co-teach lessons with their team. (Total time commitment = 16–18 hours)
  • A project leader who recruits volunteers, coordinates volunteer participation, and is the primary point of contact for Street Law and the teaching site. (Total time commitment = 14 hours)
  • Each team of volunteers will be led by a team captain who will plan the team lesson; communicate with team members and the project leader; schedule team visits to site; and assign and confirm team members' roles in lesson and activities. (Total time commitment = 12 hours)

Time

  • All volunteers must participate in the eight-hour training at the beginning of the program cycle
  • A program cycle typically includes eight weekly teaching sessions over an eight-week period.
  • On average, each volunteer will team-teach one or two lessons a month.
  • Each session lasts 60–90 minutes. 

Contact Deborah Foster. to learn more about this program and how you can involve your company or law firm.

The Lessons

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:

  • Finding housing
  • Understanding rights and responsibilities of employment
  • Accessing social services
  • Education and health law
  • Consumer laws and protections
  • Avoiding child abuse and neglect
  • Understanding the foster care system and legal issues related to closing cases

Accessing the Lessons

  • Law firms and corporations participating in the Youth in Transition program have access to the library of lesson plans that support this program. (log in required)

Contact Deborah Foster to learn more about this program and how you can involve your company or law firm.

Our Partners

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Active Sites

  • Allstate Staff Counsel’s Office and Lawrence Hall Youth Services – Chicago, IL
  • Allstate and Center on Halsted – Chicago, IL
  • Allstate and Casa Central – Chicago, IL
  • Allstate Newark with Covenant House  Newark, NJ
  • Allstate New Orleans with Covenant House – New Orleans, LA
  • Hilton and The Alternative House – Mclean, VA
  • Merck and Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children – Bridgewater, NJ
  • The Chicago Bar Foundation and La Casa Norte  – Chicago, IL

 

Individual Donors

Special thanks to the following for their financial support of Youth in Transition: 

  • Chris Antoniou
  • Clifford Barnes
  • Rafic Barrage
  • Anne Bertsch
  • Gayle Boone
  • Scott Campbell
  • John Cannon
  • Patty Cousins
  • William L. Deckelman Jr.
  • David Dlugie
  • Jack Farris
  • Craig Hoover
  • Douglas Humphrey
  • Hilary Jordan
  • Jim Leipold
  • Thomas Levinson
  • Meg Milroy
  • Elizabeth O'Brien
  • Alejandra Rabasa
  • Andrea T. Shandell
  • John Shasanmi
  • Gary Slaiman
  • Jen Smith
  • Jan Sturner
  • Steve Sumner
  • Kevin Tessier
  • Karen Throckmorton
  • Ernest Tuckett
  • Kathy Bradley Wells
  • Pam Williams
Contact Deborah Foster to learn more about this program and how you can involve your company or law firm.

Lessons Library

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.

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