The Law and Youth

The Law and Youth provides young people aged 19 and under with realistic, useful and accurate information about the law and their rights. Through a series of interactive workshops, youth participants learn and discuss rights and legal questions relevant to their own lives, including:

  • What are your rights regarding medical care and consent?
  • When can you leave home?
  • If you are in the care of a children’s aid society, when can you leave care? How and when can you choose to go A.W.O.L?
  • How can you challenge suspension or expulsion from school?
  • How to deal with unfair treatment due to race, sexual orientation, or mental or physical condition?
  • What are your rights as a youth offender, or as a victim of crime?

…and many more.

The program is divided into four workshop sessions:

  1. Your Rights
  2. Living
  3. Learning and Working
  4. Crimes You Commit, and Crimes Committed Against You

The Law and Youth is a public legal education program spear-headed by Toronto lawyer Jeffery Wilson, and presented in partnership with DCI-Canada and Covenant House Toronto. At present, the program is being piloted in Toronto.

For more information visit the project web site: The Law and Youth