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Youth Education Program (YEP)

The Youth Education Program places Penn Law students in under-resourced high schools throughout Philadelphia to teach students basic Constitutional principles. Through the curriculum, Penn Law students strive to hone the student’s argumentation skills and increase their civics knowledge, while giving students concrete examples of how the law impacts their lives. Volunteers provide a unique opportunity to make the law relatable and understandable for high school students. Not only do the Constitutional principles YEP teaches prove incredibly relevant to these students’ lives, but Penn Law students also become an integral part of their surrounding community. Following the basic legal lessons, which primarily take place during the fall semester, Penn Law volunteers prep their students on a fact pattern that focuses on a legal issue that highlights all of the learned principles. The program culminates with the students competing against their peers from all the participating high schools in a Moot Court Competition which takes places at the Law School towards the end of the spring semester. Each student prepares a set of oral arguments and competes against other high school students.


Student Leaders

Jenna Smith Executive Director
Caitlin Dunham Executive Director
Mark Nakahara Academic Director
Mia Cabello Teaching Director
Josh Salzer Teaching Director
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