Special Initiatives

Special Needs P2P (Power to the Parents) Initiative

(for parents of children with Special Needs)

Consistent with its mission to serve underrepresented and under-resourced communities, Legal Outreach has reached out to the special needs community by first helping parents and caregivers become informed advocates for their children by teaching them their rights within the educational arena and training them in the art of advocacy.

To this end, Legal Outreach offers parent workshops to schools, community-based organizations and special education parent support groups in under-resourced communities in New York City.  We teach lessons from a curriculum called, The Rights of Children with Special Needs within the New York City Department of Education.  This curriculum includes lessons ranging from an introduction to special education to understanding due process and remedies.  If you are interested in organizing a parent workshop for your agency/organization, please contact Tamika Edwards via email at tedwards@legaloutreach.org or phone at 718-752-0222, ext 202.

Fostering Change Initiative

(for youth in foster care)

Legal Outreach has a long track record of improving educational outcomes among students from underserved minority communities and populations by providing students with a vision of what’s possible for their lives, engaging them in programs that are stimulating yet academically challenging, setting high standards behaviorally and academically for participants, fostering a belief among participants that they can achieve the goals, and building a community and culture of support among the students themselves.  We seek to replicate this success with some of the most vulnerable and neglected youth in New York City – those in foster care.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Legal Outreach will be offering free law classes to youth, ages 13-18, at foster care agencies.  An attorney will teach select lessons one day per week from our stimulating Law & Social Problems curriculum.  Law lessons will be used to address urban issues to which students can relate while they also develop life skills that will make them more responsible citizens and better students.  Students will enhance life skills and build self-confidence through the implementation of lessons that they will find fascinating, such as search and seizure, stop and frisk, arrest, and police use of force.  Lessons will also call for students to advocate, solve problems, make decisions, and think critically.  We will work with students who participate in the class to create comprehensive education portfolios to better facilitate their educational progress and provide educational advocacy for students who experience difficulties in school due to instability and special education problems as necessary. Eighth grade students will have an opportunity to apply to our Summer Law Institute upon completion of the class.

If you are interested in having your agency participate in this program, please contact Tamika Edwards via email at tedwards@legaloutreach.org or phone at 718-752-0222, ext 202.

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