celebrated throughout the month of May, Law Day is an opportunity for
everyone to reflect on our legal heritage, on the role of law in protecting
justice and fairness in society, and on the rights and duties of people
to maintain law and justice as the foundation of peace and prosperity
for society. This year’s theme of “Liberty Under the Law:
Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy” challenges schools and society
to bring youth into the political process and into the civic community
through service learning, participation in Law Related Education, and
by developing an understanding that education and rights for youth were
hard won. curriculum.
Here are resources to observe Law Day in your school and classroom.
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Service Learning Clearinghouse
Download a pdf version of the K-12 Service-Learning Project Planning Toolkit
with information about the three core components of a service-learning
project: planning and preparation, the service activity, and the culminating
event. Access success stories and ideas for service-learning activities
for students and other youth.
and Serve America
America’s young people have the desire, energy and ability to make
a real difference in their communities. Service-learning offers a unique
opportunity for them to get involved in a tangible way by integrating
community service projects with classroom learning. Service-learning engages
students in the educational process, using what they learn in the classroom
to solve real-life problems. Students not only learn about democracy and
citizenship, they become actively contributing citizens and community
members through the service they perform.
Service Learning Partnership
Service-learning is a teaching method that engages young people in solving
problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic
studies or other type of intentional learning activity. Service-learning
helps students master important curriculum content by supporting their
making meaningful connections between what they are studying and its many
applications. Service-learning also helps young people develop a range
of service skills, from acts of kindness and caring, to community stewardship,
to civic action.
Labor in U.S. History
Forms of child labor, including indentured servitude and child slavery,
have existed throughout American history. Learn about the evolution of
rights for youth in American history.
Labor in Factories
When the industrial revolution first came to Britain and the U.S., there
was a high demand for labor. Families quickly migrated from the rural
farm areas to the newly industrialized cities to find work. To survive
the poverty, families had to have every able member of the family go to
work. This led to the high rise in child labor in factories. Children
were not treated well, overworked, and underpaid for a long time before
anyone tried to change things for them.
Labor in America
This Library of Congress site has a series of links to resources and primary
sources about child labor in America and the rest of the world and about
the evolution of rights for women and children in American history.
Youth Rights Association
Calling itself the last Civil Rights Movement, the National Youth Rights
Association (NYRA) defends the civil and human rights of young people
in the United States through educating people about youth rights, working
with public officials and empowering young people to work on their own
behalf. They believe certain basic rights are intrinsic parts of American
citizenship and transcend age or status limits.
The Department of Labor is the sole federal agency that monitors child
labor and enforces child labor laws. The most sweeping federal law that
restricts the employment and abuse of child workers is the Fair Labor
Guide to the Typical Offenses Handled by Youth Courts
Youth Court is a program in which juvenile offenders are questioned, defended
and sentenced by their peers. Youth Courts are the fastest growing crime
intervention programs in the nation. They offer ways to engage the community
in a partnership with the juvenile justice system to respond to juvenile
crimes by increasing the awareness of delinquency issues on a local level
and by mobilizing community members and youth to take an active role in
addressing the problem.
Law-related education (LRE) empowers young people by providing practical
information about law and the legal system. LRE encourages youth to become
effective, law-abiding citizens by promoting civic responsibility and
community participation. Here are 15 lessons developed for the Youth Court
program by Street Law.