By: Lisa Charukul
Law school can be a stressful place and it’s easy to bury yourself in books, briefs, and classes. But, it’s important to take a step back from the books and stay involved in your community as well. It important to your mental health, and to potential employers!
Advocates for Children and Education (or “ACE”) is a great way to stay involved with the community, network, beef up that resume!
ACE’s three main programs are the Youth Empowerment Clinic, the Education Liaison Program, and Juvenile Court Book Club.
ACE board members and volunteers develop and run the Youth Empowerment Clinic either once or twice a semester. At the clinic, law students teach youth about the First and Fourth Amendments, leadership skills, college, and more. We break the kids up into small workgroups and generate group discussions. This is a great way to stay connected with the community because you can provide direct assistance to San Diego kids! It’s rewarding and fun. The next Youth Empowerment Clinic is September 29th at Cherokee Point Elementary School.
The Education Liaison Program is project is an ongoing program that ties the Public Defender’s Office to ACE. Public Defenders in the juvenile delinquent division send ACE work requests when their clients struggle with education. ACE members work directly with kids and parents to help with services such as finding tutoring services or helping parents enroll children in school.
Finally, ACE also works with the Juvenile Court Book Club. The Book Club is a nonprofit in San Diego that reads books with kids detained in juvenile hall, and once a month they send in volunteers to do group discussion sessions.
In addition, ACE keeps up with SDCBA events and we are always posting potential volunteer opportunities on our Facebook page.
For more info, don’t hesitate to email USD.ACE@gmail.com, join our Facebook group, and like our Facebook page!