Our Youth Pilot Projects
I. ABA, Girl Scouts National Partnership
In February 2007, the American Bar Association and the Girl Scouts of the USA announced a new partnership to launch a national pilot program, "Take Charge! Violence Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Law" to introduce these concepts to teen girls at a critical point in their development. The program was identified as a collaborative strategy by which the legal system and the youth serving community can better guide young girls to right choices and a brighter future.
In 2006, the partner organizations conducted pilot programs among a diverse group of over fifty girls from across the metropolitan Chicago area. An interactive curriculum exposed girls to issues around school safety; teen dating violence prevention facts and recommendations; legal protections in cases of abuse; conflict resolution skill development; case studies on "search and seizure"; and the importance of "rule of law" in a democratic society. Through the launch of a national pilot program, the ABA and the Girl Scouts hope to reach hundreds of teen girls in major urban centers.
II. Video Project
This project will provide televisions and DVD players for the waiting rooms in Cook County delinquency court, which would play a looped video on violence prevention. Approximately 350 kids per day—the majority of whom are boys—visit delinquency court. For the one–time cost of 13 televisions with DVD players we expect to reach 40,000 kids per year. The project has the added benefit of reaching kids who are rarely in schools and thus do not participate in school–based programs. Judge Curtis Heaston, the presiding judge of the Juvenile Justice Division of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department in Cook County, is delighted to work with the ABA on this plan. Funding support is provided by DLA Piper
Phase II of the project will identify and make available paper resource materials to have available in the waiting rooms. The ABA's Commission on Domestic Violence and the Just the Beginning Foundation have a number of resources that can be made available.