CYDL Quarterly e-Newsletter, 1st Issue: Fall 2016
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Message from Executive Director Nancy Schiff

I am pleased to share this first issue of our quarterly newsletter. This newsletter is for you, to keep you
better connected, and to keep you updated on what we're doing and why. Each issue will include
program highlights, opportunities to help, and most importantly, updates from our students and alumni
giving them an opportunity to communicate in their own words their story and their experience in our
program. We welcome any feedback or ideas you would like to share. Thank you for your support.
Congratulations to Honorable Brenda Harbin-Forte
This September, Honorable Brenda Harbin-Forte of Alameda County Superior Court was honored with the 2016 Alba Witkin Humanitarian Award from the California Judges' Association for her many years of work with the Center for Youth Development through Law and other community organizations. The award includes a $1000 donation to a nonprofit of the recipient's choosing, and Judge Harbin-Forte has chosen CYDL for which we are very grateful.
Alumni Inspire at Annual Fall Party

Our annual fall party, hosted by board member Judy Rosenberg and her husband Greg Andreas, was a great success. Friends, supporters, and alumni gathered to celebrate another year of our program. The highlight of the event was listening to graduates share their experience in the Summer Legal Fellowship Program and the positive impact it has had on their lives (see updates below). It is truly inspiring to hear these exceptional young people share what they are doing now. We look forward to future updates as they continue on their paths forward.

Alumni Spotlight

Palomar Sanchez, class of 2000, describes the Summer Legal Fellowship Program as "unique and powerful." After completing our program, Palomar attended UC Santa Cruz and the USF School of Law. He is now an attorney working for the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. Palomar returns every year to the Summer Legal Fellowship Program to teach the 'Race and the Constitution' class.
Kerby Lynch, a senior majoring in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley, interned with Congresswoman Barbara Lee in 2012 as part of the Summer Legal Fellowship Program. "The exposure I had as a junior in high school to the political sphere was so critical for me as a 17-year-old. None of this would have ever touched me without this program."
Before participating in the Summer Legal Fellowship Program, Diana Diaz, class of 2012, never considered college as an option because she is undocumented, but now she is a senior at UC Santa Cruz. Diana is very proud to have participated in our program. "It allowed me to explore my identity and find the voice I knew that I had; I just didn't have the space and the people to encourage me to do it."
The Summer Legal Fellowship Program was pivotal for Matthew Smith, class of 2010. "I feel like as black boys and latino boys growing up, we struggle with self-confidence, self-esteem. And I feel like this program really did give me a lot of confidence, which I needed." Matthew recently graduated from SF State and is applying to graduate school to become a teacher. 
Tatiana Fua'au, class of 2007, is a huge advocate of the Summer Legal Fellowship Program. "It is deeply transformative and opened doors that are time and time again closed to us." Tatiana graduated from St. Mary's College and now works for Oakland Unified School District coordinating restorative justice programs. She also teaches the restorative justice class for CYDL's summer program. 
Fall Mock Trial Program - Court Is In Session

Our 6th annual mock trial season is in full swing. Classrooms are transformed into courtrooms as over 20 local attorneys work with more than 75 students from West Contra Costa Unified School District. Students learn how to conduct a criminal trial, serving as attorneys, witnesses, investigators, and court personnel. Each school’s team ultimately competes against other schools in a county-wide competition in front of real judges.

Walk into any of these classrooms and you will see students having fun, challenging themselves, learning critical skills, and forming meaningful relationships with their coaches and fellow students. Through the mock trial program, students gain self-confidence, develop strong public speaking skills, and learn how to work effectively in teams. For more information or to inquire about getting involved, contact
Amy Resner.
In the News

We're proud to share CYDL's Summer Legal Fellowship Program was recently featured in the September issue of the California Bar Journal. Click here to read:
Law Program Delivers Valuable Training to Disadvantaged Teens
Thank You for Being a Loyal Supporter

Because of you, we are able to serve even more students from disadvantaged communities here in the East Bay. Together, we can empower young people and make positive change with lasting results — over 90% of our students continue on to higher education. You play a vital role in making this happen, and for that, we thank you. 
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