About Law-Related Mentoring
The American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education developed the Law-Related Mentoring Program Model with the support of a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The program is the product of unique collaboration between the Division and its program partners: Golder College Prep/Noble Street Charter Schools (Chicago), Jackson County Civic Action Committee (Mississippi Gulf Coast), United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, YMCA of Greater Providence, and Youth Power Center (Washington, D.C.). During the implementation phase in 2009 and 2010, program partners hosted a number of summits, workshops and summer camps under the name “Championing our Students.” Those experiences contributed to the development of the Law-Related Mentoring model program materials.
The idea of the Law-Related Mentoring Program is to pair youths with legal professionals who mentor them not only on how the law connects to their lives, but also on thinking critically on law-related issues, presenting themselves well in a professional environment, working together with their peers in a collaborative environment, and becoming more engaged citizens. The program model includes monthly group meetings and weekly mentor-student exchanges through e-mail. Keep in mind the program is a model and can be tailored to the needs of your specific community.
The program materials consist of:
- A Set-Up Guide for those seeking to implement a Law-Related Mentoring Program in their area;
- A Mentor Guide for legal professionals who volunteer to serve as mentors;
- An introductory video;
- Student Materials for each lesson.
If you have any further questions about the materials, please contact our Outreach Manager Chandra Fitzpatrick at 312-988-5720. We look forward to hearing from you!