Yolanda Johnson is Street Law's Senior Director, Community Initiatives.
Yolanda is an expert in designing and delivering education programs for underserved youth and adults. She leads Street Law’s Legal Life Skills Program, which targets vulnerable populations that often lack civic and law-related learning opportunities.
Yolanda also heads up our Police & Teens Program, which is working to improve relationships between police officers and young people, and she has trained volunteer legal professionals from across the country to participate in the Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs.
Yolanda has more than 20 years of experience working with young people. Prior to Street Law, she spent many years working in vocational education in the state of New York, training cosmetology students, students with behavioral challenges, and students who were pregnant or parenting. She went on to spend 12 years in the State of Maryland's juvenile justice system, first as a youth supervisor in a detention facility for girls, then as a juvenile probation officer and supervisor in Montgomery County (MD), and finally as an assistant regional director in Baltimore City managing staff who oversaw some of the state's most vulnerable juvenile cases.
Yolanda was drawn to Street Law’s mission and the opportunity to combine her love of education and passion for helping others. She says, “Street Law allows me to be a part of positively impacting some of the country's most pressing issues—like equality, inclusion, and police/youth relations.”
Yolanda holds a Bachelor’s of Science in pedology (children’s behavior and development) from Bowie State University, a Master’s of Science in organizational leadership from Nyack College, and a certification in mediation.
In her spare time, Yolanda serves as president of the board of a nonprofit organization in Montgomery County, Maryland and facilitates diversity and inclusion workshops. She is also writing a book to inspire everyday people to become leaders in their lives, communities, and workplaces despite their circumstances.