WATSON LEIGH - ACE LAW PROGRAM
An educated student is a POWERFUL student. Therefore, #TeamWL has created the ACE Law Program. Why? Because our schools and school districts have become centers of mis- and under-education. Where the rationing of supplies, equipment, and knowledge have created wholly segregated or 'Apartheid' schools or school districts. In these districts, superintendents, principals, and teachers make cultural, financial, and sometimes personal decisions about just who is worthy of a quality education. Their idea of education "equality" is typically based upon personal ideologies or biases, when their jobs are simply to educate children. This rationing typically falls upon racial lines, with Black and Brown students being damaged the most.
The WL Law Academy ACE Program (Promoting student achievement and leadership through Academic support, Community building, and Enrichment opportunities) offers students age 13-18 years old an opportunity to develop their individual creativity, foster academic interests, and build skills that will be beneficial for their futures. The ACE Program provides children and families with an academic support system during after school hours until parents are generally home from work in the evening. From 3:00-6:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday up to 16 students will engage in group mentorship, college planning, study periods, creative academic projects, current events dialogue, and community building and outreach. Students will engage in health and wellness discussions, after school snacks, and insights from invited guests. The programming also includes three (3) summer camp sessions, two weeks each, with up to 50 high school aged (ninth through twelfth grade) students per session. The program overall is designed to foster interests in law, social justice advocacy, and higher education in general.
ACE Law Program Objectives
Watson Leigh’s Mission:
Strengthening underserved and depressed communities through quality affordable legal services, educational support and youth mentorship programs.
Watson Leigh’s Vision:
Promote "Social Justice" education ~ Giving depressed communities support and education at the intersection of social and legal advocacy.
Promote Community Lawyering and Education:
Utilizing community lawyering and education in racially segregated and economically depressed neighborhoods: legal services, community wellness, and youth education.
Operate at the intersection of Social Justice and Legal Advocacy:
By collaborating with groups, individuals, organizations, neighborhoods, and students, Social Justice Advocates actively evaluate both legal and non-legal solutions to problems faced by various people and communities. This collaboration educates and facilitates social activism through student academic camps, after school programs, developing organization skills, litigation, media and social media outreach and community education through: workshops, demonstrations, and petition drives. Both individual and systemic issues faced by communities are addressed.