FLY’s Middle School Law Program has two components: an 8- to 12-week Law Related Education (LRE) and life skills course and case management for individual youth.
The LRE course is largely adapted from FLY’s nationally recognized Law Program for high school-aged youth, and takes place at selected middle schools in Santa Clara County. The course uses role-play, debates, and group discussion to capture the interest of middle school-aged youth, educate them about the law and the consequences of crimes, and build skills like anger management, problem solving, communication, and resisting negative peer pressure. Highly trained volunteers and FLY staff teach the course in teams of 1-2, developing rapport with youth and giving them access to positive role models. The course covers a range of topics including theft, vandalism, bullying, drugs and alcohol, decision making, and gangs.
Youth who receive case management services spend time in regular 1-on-1 meetings with a FLY staff member to work on educational and personal goals. (See referral information below.)
HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL
FLY generally accepts referrals from probation and police officers, and school teachers, counselors, and administrators. To be eligible for law classes, youth must attend a school where the course is offered and be referred. To receive case management services, youth must be identified as truant, at risk of or having been suspended or expelled, involved in the juvenile justice system, or attending a community school. Youth do not have to attend a middle school where we offer the law program