FLY’s Middle School Law Program, which is largely adapted from FLY’s nationally recognized Law Program for high school-aged youth, is an 8- to 12-week Law Related Education (LRE) and life skills course that 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, Proposition 21, and gangs.
The program takes place at selected schools in Santa Clara County.
HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL
FLY generally accepts referrals from probation departments; school teachers, counselors, and administrators; social workers; and family and community members. To be eligible for case management in the Middle School Program, youth must be identified as truant, at risk of suspension or expulsion, or involved in the juvenile justice system.