This grant will allow Legal Outreach to improve its recruitment of young men of color into its core programs, Law and Justice Institute (LJI) and College Bound. LJI places rising ninth-graders in a professional setting, exposes them to various legal professions, and teaches them about the criminal justice system. LJI is the gateway for College Bound, a four-year preparatory program that includes writing, debate, study skills, summer internships, SAT prep, and college level courses. The number of Black and Latino young men registered in LJI and College Bound is about one third that of similar young women. Legal Outreach will enhance its outreach to middle-school males by incorporating the culturally, socially, and personally relevant issue of police and youth interactions into its presentations. They will also establish a pre-LJI program called Sports, Business, and Law Clinic, which will expose young men to non-athlete professional career opportunities in sports.
Law and Justice Institute Recruitment Project