Law students volunteer for annual Youth Summit

Published: April 5th, 2010

Category: Events, Feature, Students

Over 50 law students volunteered at Eastside High School and Gainesville High School on Friday, March 26, for The Center on Children and Families and The Florida Bar Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows annual Youth Summit.

The Youth Summit is designed to engage high school students in discussion about matters concerning law and policy and how each of these affects them. This year the summit focused on youth involvement in the juvenile justice system. The program addressed topics ranging from what activities could be illegal or result in suspension or expulsion from school, to the consequences of involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Students rotated through three classes during the day, each with a different presentation. The first presentation dealt with delinquent acts, sentencing, probation, and other forms of punishment. The second presentation discussed what happens if a person is arrested, their rights during an arrest, and how a juvenile could be charged as an adult. The third presentation dealt with consequences of an arrest and conviction in the juvenile and adult justice systems, and statutory rape. At the end of the presentations, the volunteers and students played games and quizzes to test the students’ new knowledge.

Law student volunteers went through training before the Youth Summit in order to give the presentations. Several local attorneys, including attorneys from the Public Defender’s and State Attorney’s office, attended the Youth Summit to assist the law students during the presentations. Lunch for participants was provided by the Florida Bar Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows.

The Youth Summit makes an impact on teens in the Gainesville community and is an annual event. If you would like to volunteer for the 2011 Youth Summit please contact the Center on Children and Families.