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Review for Center For Youth Development Through Law, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Center For Youth Development Through Law was one of the most wonderful experiences. Before the program, I was confused about what I wanted to do in life. I didn't know if I wanted to pursue law school or even law in general. This program introduced me to what law was really about and provided me the opportunity of being an attorney in a mock trial case with a real judge. Moreover, I was able to visit the Alameda Courthouse and witnessed actual court cases, further opening my eyes to a possible future. The classes that the Center For Youth Development Through Law helped me gain knowledge in areas that I could not learn in high school. The Constitutional Law class helped me realize that I had a fascination with past court cases and debating. The Moot Court class showed me the rules and the strategies to become a successful attorney. The World of Work class demonstrated what the real world was all about with mock interviews and resume workshops. Finally, the Conflict Mediation class introduced me to psychology. I still remember the information from the class, and I enjoy sharing it with my friends. The teachers in these classes were amazing because they really cared about us. They understood us on a level that our regular teachers in high school did not. The program brought in inspiring lawyers, community leaders, and current law school students to speak about their own experiences, ambitions, and struggles. Also, I could not have asked for a better internship. I interned at the Oakland City Hall with Councilmember Jean Quan. Not only was I exposed to law but also the political world. At my internship, I was given the opportunity to give back to my community by educating youth. I taught diversity classes in recreation centers about sexism, racism, sectarianism, homophobia, and classism. I compiled and organized a National Night Out list of 300 block parties in Oakland's District 4. I also translated English to Chinese for the residents in the district at events, fairs, etc. My experience in the Center For Youth Development Through Law has been life changing and I would definitely recommend it. It has provided me with the exposure to law, the real world, and politics. As a first year at UC Berkeley, I still hold the lessons and knowledge close to my heart. I am very grateful for such an opportunity, so please support such an amazing program !

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with amazing staff and students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help and encourage disadvantaged students to pursue higher education and to never give up. It will continue to change lives one at a time.

Ways to make it better...

it was longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the money issues because of the economic recession. Please support and make a difference for youth !

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & As a participant in this program, I was given the opportunity to explore fields of interest.