Largo, MD— March 17, 2021— On Saturday, March 27th, CLICKS will host a virtual townhall for teens and adults regarding the realities of interactions with law enforcement and the glaring disparity in media coverage of these encounters when involving Black girls and women. This discussion will examine the adultification of young Black girls, implicit biases towards Black women, and the need for social justice movements to become more gender inclusive. Knowledgeable presenters will explore the intersectionality of race, class, and gender-based experiences with authorities, particularly police officers and women; with emphasis on the “Say Her Name” movement.
The CLEO Legally Inspired College Kohorts of Students (CLICKS), https://cleoinc.org/clicks/, is a multi-state mentoring program that empowers at-risk youth through exposure to sports, health, social justice, law, and the legal profession. The goal of the mentoring program is to help secondary students prepare for life after graduation by promoting self-esteem, soft-skills, academic success, and college and career readiness. Working alongside our regional partners [Operation Timothy (MD), College Bound, Inc. (DC), Legal Prep Charter Academy (IL), Greater Essex Community Uplift Foundation (NJ), Legal Exposure at Southern University Law Center (LA), The Male’s Place, Inc. (NC), and One Village Alliance (DE)], the CLICKS team works tirelessly to provide wrap around services to teens based on the proprietary “Who’s Got Your Back?” programming model.
CLEO is committed to enriching the lives of the next generation by expanding the reach of legal education. The CLICKS “My Voice Matters: Social Justice Virtual Teen Town Hall” is designed to help address the aforementioned common stressors, as well as the overall pressures that students face during adolescence, by providing “wrap around” support services to support the “wholeness” of the student.
About the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO)
CLEO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to inspire, motivate, and prepare students from underrepresented communities to succeed in law school and beyond. Founded in 1968, when the number of lawyers of color was less than one percent, CLEO has since had more than 25,000 high school, college prelaw, and law students participate in its programs with more than 46 percent becoming members of the legal profession. CLEO alumni have excelled in every area of the legal profession to include judges, corporate attorneys, law school deans and professors, practitioners, politicians, and more. More information about CLEO and its programs can be found at https://cleoinc.org.
About CLEO Legally Inspired College Kohort of Students (CLICKS)
CLICKS is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). CLICKS is a multi-state, law-related mentoring support program that empowers at-risk youth through exposure to health, sports, law, and the legal profession. CLICKS recruits legal and other professionals as role models and mentors to give students an insider’s look into the law. The mentoring program helps secondary students prepare for life after graduation by promoting self-esteem, soft-skills, academic success, and college and career readiness. More information about CLICKS and how you can get involved can be found at https://cleoinc.org/clicks/.
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Manika Heilig, Regional Director of CLICKS
240-582-8600, ext. 206