The Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (NPBA YLS) continues to do great things this year and is one of the most active committees within the NPBA. Members of the NPBA YLS get a thrill out of serving the legal profession, the judiciary, and the public by using their legal experience and good old-fashioned hard work to implement programs that inspire, help, and impact the surrounding communities. Here’s a brief look at some of the many activities the NPBA YLS has been involved in over the past year.
In 2013, over 7,700 children found themselves homeless in the Hampton Roads area (Coastal Virginia, comprising 11 cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Yorktown). To combat this issue, ForKids works with over 175 families to provide emergency shelter, parenting classes, budgeting classes, therapy, and education to entire families. In helping these families, the organization positively impacts over 300 children. Because of ForKids, these children can concentrate on learning, joining extracurricular activities, and just being a kid, instead of worrying about where they will sleep or if they will eat.