Youth Program

Publisher:  C/o Legal Resource Centre, University of Alberta, Extension Dept.
Year Published:  1982  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2421

The Youth Program is one project of the Legal Resource Centre of the University of Alberta.

Abstract:  The Youth Program is one project of the Legal Resource Centre of the University of Alberta. This centre is a non-profit legal education service, developed to assist Albertans in gaining access to the information and skills needed to undertake a wide variety of law-related activities. The Centre also acts as a clearing house for law-related information and publications that will assist in the building of networks between people with similar needs, interests and concerns. The Centre publishes a newsletter, "Resource News."

The coordinator of the Centre's Youth Program uses role-play to teach children about the law and law-related issues. Some of these role-play workshops include: 1) "Creative Kids Sessions" - through drama, the children examine the way a people's culture, history and law determine their concept of private property; 2) "Bottom Line" - in this workshop children examine political process and the laws affecting the rights of children; 3) "Mock Trial"; 4) "Firearms/Gun Control"; 5) "Community Action"; and 6) "Basic Law."

A recently-initiated workshop enables children (using role-play) to explore the traditional native justice system; they then go on to explore what happened when the traditional system was replaced by white man's law. Written materials related to the issue of children and the law are also available from the Youth Program.

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