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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Youth Development, Youth Development - Citizenship, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Street Law, Inc. creates classroom and community programs that teach people about law, democracy and human rights, worldwide. Our engaging, practical lessons help people develop the skills they need to improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

Target demographics: Teachers and educators; lawyers, law students, and judges; law enforcement officers/school resource officers; juvenile justice professionals; NGOs

Programs: National programs: 1) legal life skills programs - street law conducts several programs across the u. S. That provide underserved young people with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to thrive. A) youth in transition - this program empowers young people with practical legal knowledge presented through interactive lessons that promote cooperative learning and critical thinking and build life skills. Law firms and corporate volunteers work with homeless/runaway youths, teens aging out of the foster care system, young people transitioning from juvenile detention centers, lgbtq youths, and young people in community centers and transitional living facilities nationwide. B) making positive choices - street law leads an employee volunteer program on behalf of the merck foundation that brings law-related education lessons to vulnerable youths in new jersey and pennsylvania. Street law recruits, trains, and places merck employees in classroom and community-based settings to teach lessons on conflict resolution, law, safety, advocacy, and career exploration. C) breakfast with a civil rights legend - this elementary and middle school-based program teaches students about rules, laws, conflict resolution, and the importance of community engagement. Teams of community volunteers and civil rights "legends" (who lived during the civil rights movement of the 1960s) teach lessons and share their experiences over breakfast. 2) educational programs in specialized areas of law - street law works with high school teachers to equip them with the skills and resources needed to teach about immigration law, civil rights, the supreme court of the united states. Street law works to improve the teaching of immigration law and policy in high schools in long island, new york, with its teaching about immigration law & policy program. Participating teachers are paired with immigration attorneys who serve as classroom content experts. A) the civics & civil rights institute helps social studies teachers expand their knowledge and learn new methods for teaching about civil rights. Through a series of interactive workshops, teachers examine key periods in both past and present civil rights movements, as well as legal concepts and civil rights issues related to public policy, civic engagement, and advocacy. B) the supreme court summer institute is a professional development seminar for social studies teachers from across the country designed to strengthen and expand instruction about the u. S. Supreme court. Street law further supports classroom instruction by operating an educational website, www. Landmarkcases. Org, covering 17 pivotal supreme court cases. 3) legal diversity pipeline program - street law partners with corporate law departments and law firms to tackle the dearth of diversity in the legal profession. The pipeline programs encourage young people of color to pursue legal careers by providing them with role models, career education, and hands-on experiences in the field of law. Street law's staff trains volunteer legal professionals and law students to teach high school students in diverse classroom settings about law and various pathways to the legal profession. 4) civics and law related educational programs - street law authors two practical law textbooks, street law: understanding law and legal issues and street law: a course in practical law, for use in community colleges and high schools, respectively. The community college course prepares students for the workforce and civic success through a unique combination of classroom and community-based learning. Street law offers faculty development seminars for community college faculty around the country. The high school text plays an important role in adding law courses to the high school curriculum across the united states. Additionally, street law supports a network of law school-based programs, in which law students use the high school textbook to teach practical law to young people. 5) united states government education program - street law authors a high school government text titled united states government: our democracy. The text helps educators teach students about government and how to "do democracy. " in every chapter, students are asked to deliberate with peers, advocate for or against a position, evaluate policy alternatives, analyze claims and arguments, negotiate a compromise, or make collaborative decisions. The text centers debate and discussion on current, public, and controversial issues - a proven method for increasing student engagement.

international programs:street law's global law and democracy programs help cultivate a rule of law culture around the world. These programs have empowered people and strengthened civil society in more than 40 countries throughout africa, the americas, asia, europe, and the middle east. 1) council on international education exchange (ciee) democracy education program - members of street law's vast teacher network bring civic and democracy education to scores of young people around the world who come to the united states for summer jobs. 2) street law in indonesia - street law helps clinical law professors throughout indonesia develop effective public legal education programs in which law students teach about practical law in school and community settings.

communications:the communications program strengthens street law's programs through web-based promotions and technologies. Additionally, it disseminates program information, resources, and curricula to program participants around the globe.

d. C. Programs:save our streets - for three decades, street law has partnered with the district of columbia superior court to educate pre-adjudicated youths with weapons charges. The young people attend weekly classes and participate in interactive lessons and activities that strengthen problem-solving, communication, and conflict resolution skills.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Carmelina F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Supreme Court Summer Institute in June of 2000. I have attended a lot of professional development workshops over the years, and this five day program still ranks as the single greatest experience of professional development.
Unlike many other programs, I was treated as an intelligent professional. I was taught information that I still use in my classroom. And, I was inspired to regularly continue to pursue knowledge about the Supreme Court.