Our Work

The Challenge

In Baltimore City, where many young people struggle with poverty and its consequences, youth are often dismissed as part of the problem and rarely valued as part of the solution. CLIA believes that young people have tremendous potential when provided with the right opportunities.

Our Solution

CLIA leads two programs for young people – CLIA’s Law & Leadership Academy at Baltimore City high schools and the statewide Just Kids Campaign. CLIA’s programs use a youth-adult partnership model in which young people and caring adult professionals work in true collaboration and achieve collective impact through learning, advocating, and inspiring change.

Just Kids Campaign

A statewide advocacy campaign working to stop the automatic prosecution of youth as adults.

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“It is really important for youth to step up. Decision makers need to hear everyone’s point of view. While adults might have more experience and knowledge about an issue, they might not come from where I come from or have my perspective.”

-Gerleene G., a former CLIA Law & Leadership Academy Student

Law & Leadership Academy

Introduces Baltimore City students to law and policy while teaching them to be critical thinkers, problem-solvers, active citizens and community leaders.

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