SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NEEDS LAW STUDENTS TO TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE IN LONDON THROUGH “LEGALEASE” PROGRAMME:
The 4Front Project is a youth-led social enterprise founded by LSE Law student Temi Mwale in 2012. The organisation is on a mission to empower young people and communities to improve their lives while understanding and reducing serious youth violence and the systemic conditions that cause it.
LegalEase is a legal awareness programme which aims to both raise aspirations of young people in deprived areas and engage hard to reach young people using the law. The programme will make the law more accessible and teach young people to analyse the social issues that effect them using a legal lens.
Starting in December, the programme will go on tour and engage 2000 14/15 year olds from 10 secondary schools in London during MT/LT. Each tour date will comprise of two parts: (a) delivering an assembly to between 150-200 students and (b) delivering targeted workshops to 10 students at risk of becoming involved in youth violence and/or entering the criminal justice system. The programme will also be filmed by @The 4Front Media and a documentary on the legal socialisation of young people will be premiered.
The 4Front Project is looking for law students (and other students with an interest in law) who are passionate about grass-roots mobilisation to act as workshop facilitators. A range of roles are required so students are encouraged to get involved even if they are not confident in presenting. Training will be provided.
- Students must have a good knowledge of the criminal law
- Students should have a good understanding of the following topics from the LL108 module:
- Non-fatal offences
- Fatal offences
- Joint enterprise
- Drugs and criminalisation
- Students should have a good understanding of the issues related to young people, their relationship with the police and particularly Stop & Search
COMMITMENT: As a minimum, participants will be required to commit to:
- Attend two training sessions
- Deliver two tour dates
- Attend the LegalEase conference on 25/01/2017
WHO SHOULD APPLY: The 4Front Project welcomes applications from any interested students who fit the criteria including undergraduate and postgraduate students. Applications are particularly encouraged from:
- Students who grew up in London (particularly on estates in London)
- Students from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Students who identify as BME
- Participants will have an opportunity to apply their legal education in an unconventional way
- Participants will play an active role in making the law more accessible to young people
- Participants will build a relationship with a youth-led social enterprise which has many more opportunities to offer dedicated students
- Participants will receive references
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