GROWING UP IS HARD TO DO AS A NEW PARENT, I AM ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR TOOLS TO IMPROVE MY CHILD’S CHANCES FOR SUCCESS. Fewer role models and the myriad pressures in today’s fast-paced society have made growing up a challenge for kids—and their parents. The Texas Young Lawyers Association realized there was a need to be filled and has made strides in creating resources for parents, schools, and caretakers to utilize and help kids get on a productive and thriving path. Some of these tools include: • BSAFE A program that educates students about the real-life consequences of substance abuse and provides parents with information on indicators that a child may have a substance abuse issue, as well as resources on how to get help. • Vote America! A project that teaches students about heroic efforts made for equality and democracy, struggles during the civil rights era, the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the importance of the 15th, 19th, and 26th amendments to the Constitution. • They Had a Dream Too. A program that teaches students about the role young people played in the civil rights movement. • What Do Lawyers Do? An interactive web-based project that explains what a lawyer does and the steps to become one. • R U Safe? A video that educates students and their parents about the dangers of the Internet and provides them with the tools they need to be safe while online. • You’re Hired. Now What? A video that provides students with information on entering the work force. • The Unconscious Truth. A multimedia project about the dangers of binge drinking, the laws associated with underage drinking, and the laws that apply to parents who provide alcohol to teens. • Junior Judges. A curriculum on making the right decisions in situations dealing with cheating, theft, bullying, drugs, and alcohol. • We the Jury. A project focused on jury service, including a mock trial that allows students to experience being a juror. • Loves Me, Loves Me Not. A guide with information on the warning signs of an abusive relationship, as well as resources teens can use to find help. Make a difference and help TYLA provide a positive influence for the children in your life. All of these resources are free and can be downloaded from our website at tyla.org or requested through the TYLA office at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1529. TYLA will also send lawyers to schools and group meetings to help present any of these projects. Please contact us to make arrangements. KRISTY BLANCHARD President, Texas Young Lawyers Association Help TYLA provide a positive influence on the children in your life.
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