Homeless Youth Resources
During the 2017 National Celebration of Pro Bono, we joined with ABA President Hilarie Bass to encourage organizations to plan and participate in events focused on homeless youth. Every year the Celebrate Pro Bono calendar includes events focused on the legal needs of individuals who are homeless. Clinics, know your rights clinics, and volunteer training are common events. We encourage you to host events surrounding individuals who are homeless in your community during the National Celebration of Pro Bono.
(90-minute video presented by the American Bar Association ABA President, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and Center for Professional Development)
- Hilarie Bass, President, American Bar Association; Shareholder; Co-President, Greenberg Traurig
- Gabriella Christine McDonald, Pro Bono & New Projects Director, Texas Appleseed
- Eve Allegra Stotland, Director, The Door's Legal Services
- Casey Trupin, Program Officer, Youth Homelessness, Raikes Foundation
- Courtney Smith, Youth Advisor, National Network for Youth
Examples of Past Events for Homeless Individuals
Hypothermia Season Outreach Training: Washington, DC.
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Catholic University Columbus School of Law.
• Direct representation of individual youth with urgent legal needs such as questions about criminal cases, denial of public benefits, school expulsion, etc.• Live legal clinics to represent groups of youth who all have similar legal needs, including obtaining identification documents, applications for college funding, expungement of records, immigration status, consumer issues, etc.
• Live legal education or "Know Your Rights" presentations to teach youth about important issues such as rights in foster care, rights as employees/ job applicants, options for federal funding for college, etc.
ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network
In connection with ABA President Elect Hilarie Bass and the ABA’s Homeless Youth Legal Network, we encourage you to plan and participate in events assisting homeless youth as part of the National Celebration of Pro Bono. National estimates have found that 1.3 to 1.7 million youth experience homelessness every year. These children need assistance from attorneys to guarantee them access to justice, no matter where they are. Homeless youth have a variety of legal needs, such as access to ID, family law, juvenile or criminal justice involvement, trafficking, immigration, education, benefits, and a variety of other civil legal matters. With your help, we hope to remove legal barriers in an effort to improve outcomes for this highly vulnerable population.