CYDL Quarterly e-Newsletter: Winter 2017 Issue
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New Year's Resolutions

The new year has begun and we're off and running! The CYDL community is energized to make as much impact as possible this year. As former President Barack Obama said, "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Let's make this year count!
Alumni Stay Connected Through Annual Reunion Party
The Summer Legal Fellowship Program reunion party was a great success. Students and staff from recent program years had a great time catching up and discussing college plans and experiences, and our financial aid expert was on hand to answer questions. It's just one of the ways we offer practical assistance to students and help them stay connected to our supportive community. 
Mock Trials Are in Full Swing

What do five West Contra Costa County public high schools, 21 attorney coaches, and 80-plus students have in common? The Annual County Mock Trial Competition is around the corner for all of them! The CYDL teams will compete against other Contra Costa County teams — and each other — on February 7,9,14 and 16 at the Superior Courthouse in Martinez.
The Mock Trial Program teaches students about more than just the law. Students also build self-confidence, develop strong public speaking skills, and learn how to work effectively in teams. Come see our students do their pre-trial motions, opening and closing statements, and direct and cross examinations of the witnesses in this case. 

This year the Prosecution has to prove that the defendant—who runs a new restaurant-- is guilty of false imprisonment and human trafficking.
Every year, we organize scrimmages to help our students prepare for the competition. We are always looking for real judges and experienced trial attorneys to preside over these practice trials. To learn more about our upcoming mock trials or to inquire about getting involved, contact Amy Resner for more information.

(Pictured above: Kennedy High junior Lonnie Johnson presents his closing argument.)

Alumni Spotlight

Nicole Nguyen, class of 2006, was born in Vietnam and came to the Oakland when she was 6 years old. After graduating from Oakland Tech High School, she went on to earn her BA at UC Berkeley majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies, and then her Master’s Degree in Public Health at UC Davis. Nicole is now a Project Coordinator at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health. Nicole plans to return to school in a few years to pursue her Doctorate in Public Health.

I learned about the Summer Legal Fellowship Program when I was in high school and at the time, I really wanted not just work experience but skill experience. This program provided me with a well-rounded glimpse into what higher education and entering the work-force would be like, and also gave me a close-up experience of what college life could be like. In a way, the program introduced me to so many firsts - first resume, first job interview, first job, first college-like experiences and classes, first interaction with law and public health. I'm forever grateful because it really instilled in me a sense of professionalism that I've continued to develop to this day, and has contributed to my success both academically and professionally.”
Ko Ser Lu Htoo, class of 2015, is from the Karen state of Burma (Myanmar), but fled the country with his family when he was six years old. He lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for several years before coming to the United States. Ko Ser Lu discovered the Summer Legal Fellowship Program while in high school and became interested in the program. “I was always interested in going to law school and becoming a judge because I want to give back to the community and do something that will have a positive impact on people.”  

Ko Ser Lu is now in his first year of college at UC Davis and is a huge advocate for our program. “Without the Summer Legal Fellowship Program, I wouldn’t be here at UC Davis. I would tell high school students that life is for you to do something good and important, and have a positive impact on people, your community, your family, and yourself. The Summer Legal Fellowship is one of the best programs around to do that because it teaches you everything you need to know about life, careers, college, law, and more.”

Change Is Possible

Did you know we have a mini-documentary about the Summer Legal Fellowship Program? This short film is a great way to learn more about our summer program and the some of the students who have been a part of it. Watch "Change Is Possible" now.
Thank You

Because of you, we are looking forward to another year of working with students from disadvantaged communities here in the East Bay. Together, we can empower young people and make positive change with lasting results — over 92% of our students continue on to higher education. You play a vital role in making this happen. Thank you for your support! 
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The Center for Youth Development through Law provides transformative educational programs to students from low-income East Bay communities, in cooperation with UC Berkeley School of Law.
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