Youth Development

Legal Outreach Inc

  • Long Island City, NY
  • www.legaloutreach.org

Mission Statement

Legal Outreach prepares youth from underserved communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels, using intensive legal and educational programs to foster vision, develop skills, and facilitate the pursuit of higher education.
We use legal programs as a catalyst to inspire young people to pursue academic excellence, but our main goal is to equip them with strong academic skills. Using professional exposure activities to draw in applicants, we identify promising eighth-grade students from underserved communities in New York City and immerse them in a rigorous, four-year regimen of academic instruction and support, known as “College Bound.” Meeting after school, on weekends, and during the summers throughout high school, our College Bound program gives each student more than 2,300 hours of additional college preparation and guidance.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Law Institute
  2. College Bound
  3. College to Law School
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

We serve students in all five boroughs of New York City

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer

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James O'Neal

Keywords

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"youth development," "college bound," "legal education," "educational nonprofit"

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EIN

13-3214627

 Number

5917059724

Physical Address

36-14 35th Street

Long Island City, NY 11106

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Since its inception in 1989, the College Bound program has served 537 students, growing from an enrollment of six students per year in 1989 and 20 per year in 1995-2000 to 60-70 per year from 2006 to the present. Seventy-two percent of these students have completed all four years of the program (387 out of 537). One-hundred percent of our 387 graduates have completed high school in four years; 99.2 percent have matriculated at four-year colleges; and 67.4 percent have matriculated at colleges and universities ranked in Barron’s top two tiers of competitive colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Amherst, Swarthmore, and Williams. Based upon a recent survey, we have also been able to track the progress of our students once they are in college: 79 percent of our alumni responded to the survey, 85 percent of whom indicated that they had graduated in four years, and 70 percent of whom reported a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their college courses. Ninety-eight percent of the students we serve belong to ethnic minorities. They come from underserved neighborhoods throughout New York City, including East Harlem, Harlem, Chinatown, Flushing, East Elmhurst, the South Bronx, Tremont, Central Harlem, Washington Heights, the Lower East Side, and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Programs

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Program 1

Summer Law Institute

To help young people see the possibilities for the future, Legal Outreach has partnered with six law schools – Brooklyn, Columbia, St. John’s, NYU, Fordham and New York Law School – to establish a five-week, law-related educational program known as the Summer Law Institute. The Institute provides students with the opportunity to become immersed in the law. While at the Institute, they learn about the criminal justice process, from police investigations to sentencing by judges, interact daily with lawyers serving as guest speakers, visit once a week a variety of legal institutions, take law-school like exams on a weekly basis, and participate as lawyers and witnesses in a mock-trial competition.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

College Bound

Although many of the students participating in the Summer Law Institutes are duly inspired to pursue legal or other professional careers, few are capable of achieving such lofty heights alone. Unfortunately, given the plethora of obstacles that exist within their communities, any one of which could hinder academic progress, even motivated students need help to reach their goals.  Experience has shown that these students need comprehensive, on-going support. 
Built program by program in the early 90s, College Bound has become a four-year, year-round multi-faceted academic enrichment and support program organized for the purpose of helping motivated but disadvantaged students avoid the entrapments of their environment, improve their academic performance and enter college with the goal of pursuing professional careers. Around 60 ninth graders are admitted to the College Bound program each year, and over the course of their four high school years the students will engage in approximately 2,500 hours of additional academic preparation after school, on Saturdays and during the summers.
College Bound consists of these core activities:
After School Study & Tutorial Center(http://legaloutreach.org/?page_id=144#afterschool)
Saturday Writing Academy(http://legaloutreach.org/?page_id=144#writing)
Attorney Mentoring Program(http://legaloutreach.org/?page_id=144#mentoring)
Constitutional Law Debates(http://legaloutreach.org/?page_id=144#debate)
Academic and Life Skills Workshops(http://legaloutreach.org/?page_id=144#life_skills)
Summer Law Internships(http://legaloutreach.org/?page_id=144#internship)
SAT Preparation(http://legaloutreach.org/?page_id=144#sat_prep)
College Selection and Preparation(http://legaloutreach.org/?page_id=144#college_prep)

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

College to Law School

With a successful high school-to-college pipeline program in place, Legal Outreach has developed a College to Law School Pipeline Diversity Program to provide continuous support to our college students and other talented minority students who desire to attend law school. The College-to-Law School program operates during the summer with college freshmen working as summer paralegals at law firms and sophomores enrolling in a dedicated LSAT course through PowerScore LSAT Preparation.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

We serve students in all five boroughs of New York City

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LEGAL OUTREACH, INC.
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Principal Officer

James O'Neal

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sintelle Taylor

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