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Dear Friends,

Join CYDL in ensuring a more equitable and inclusive future for all!

Please donate so that we can continue providing life-changing opportunities to young people like Kiera, whose story you can read below.

Your support will make a real difference in the lives of youth who are facing immensely challenging and uncertain times, yet who want to make an impact.  

Thank you, and we wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season.
Kiera's Story
Kiera joined the Summer Legal Fellowship Program in 2013, after her junior year in high school.

Her internship through the program was with her State Assemblymember, where she answered calls from the public and assisted with street fairs and outreach. 
At the end of the program, she shared these reflections:

"I grew up in neighborhoods where crime, prostitution and death rates are a big factor. I lost my father to gun violence when I was three years old. Growing up in Oakland, you have to know who you are and what you want out of life, or you may end up hanging with the wrong crowd and in trouble.

This program truly made a big impact on my life and influenced me to be myself and reach for the best.

It not only introduced me to other students who came from the same types of environments as myself, but I also networked with professionals that I met, and I am still connected with them today. It expanded my horizons for what I wanted to do with my future. 

Since my summer in the program, I attended Mills College and graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Public Health and Health Equity. I also hold a Medical Assisting Certificate from Merritt College.

The Center for Youth Development through Law has meant a lot to me over these past years. I know if it wasn’t for you and all your motivation, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
At the end of the program in 2013, Kiera described her goal as “giving back to my community.” She will now have the chance to do just that, as she will begin her training to become a Nurse in the upcoming semester. 

Please make a tax-deductible donation to support these transformative opportunities for under-resourced youth!

Center for Youth Development through Law

Operated in cooperation with UC Berkeley School of Law

Board of Directors

Anitha Anne, Attorney, Goodwin Procter LLP 
Theresa Buckley, Attorney, California Public Utilities Commission
Creighton Davis, Attorney, Baker McKenzie LLP
Allyson Deraps, Associate Counsel, Burning Man Project
Hon. Danielle Douglas, Judge, Contra Costa County Superior Court
Natalie Friedman, Artist 
Hon. Joni Hiramoto, Judge, Contra Costa County Superior Court 
Su-Jin Lee, Attorney and Advisor to Startups
Christina Pehl, Educator
James G. Roberts, Attorney
Ariana Shaffer, Attorney, Cooley LLP
Ben Therriault, Police Detective, City of Richmond
Michael Wilson, Assistant Public Defender, Alameda County

Leadership Council

Brian Barsky
Ray Cardozo
Stanley Friedman
Ben Hamburg 
Hon. Brenda Harbin-Forte
Hon. Barbara Lee
Melissa Nelken
Reginald Oh
Dorian Peters, Program Alumnus
Miriam Rokeach
Winslow O. Small

Executive Director

Nancy Schiff
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Together, we will build a more inclusive,
thriving and equitable community!
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.

For more information, contact Nancy Schiff, Executive Director.
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