Programs

Putting Our Mission Into Action


Previous classes of Fellows have worked together to create the following programs and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about each program and find helpful resources by reading through the descriptions below. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these program opportunities, please contact Liz Volpe, Program & Events Manager, 614.487.4474.

Collaboration

FWD@18

Freedom. Independence. What’s not to like about becoming 18 – a noteworthy turning point in everyone’s life? In the eyes of the law, this is when you are now an adult, but with increased rights and responsibilities, comes the need to be aware of how the law changes after this turning point.  

Our easy-to-use presentation is a great tool to share real-life, legal examples which young adults can incorporate into their transition plan.

FWD@18 SURVIVAL KIT (PDF)

FWD@18 PRESENTER'S TIP SHEET (PDF)

PowerPoint Presentations:

Constitution Classroom

Thanks to the 2010 Fellows Class, teachers are provided with updated case law, lesson plans, Power Point presentations and lawyer assistance for a creative approach to the teachings of the Constitution.

Teaching tools
Free speech, religion, press, assembly, petition - we're number one!
Search and seizure - a reasonable test
Due process - respecting our rights
Three branches of government - a constitutional blueprint
Additional Resources

B4USend

Cyber bullying and sexting are behaviors with legal, social, emotional and moral consequences. Thanks to the 2009 Fellows Class, teachers, parents and anyone interested in this youth-oriented educational series will have the knowledge, materials and specific lesson plans to help you address behaviors that can have devastating results for all concerned.

The video, “You Can’t Go Back” was selected from a state-wide contest to help teachers, parents and students understand the dangers of cyber bullying and sexting. The video was created and submitted by Heritage Middle School and Hilango Studios in Painseville, Ohio, and is used as the starting point for the B4USend lesson plans. 

VIDEO DISCUSSION GUIDE

TEACHERS GUIDE (38 PAGES)

  1. DEFINITIONS
  2. RECENT STATISTICS
  3. FAST FACTS
  4. CONSEQUENCES
  5. STORIES
  6. STOP THE VIRAL SPREAD
  7. INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES (PDF)
    INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES (Word)
  8. BENCHMARK STANDARDS
  9. PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES
  10. APPENDICES

o.p.e.n. court

Going to court is unsettling - especially for youth with exceptional needs. As parents, teachers and court personnel, preparing these youths for a day in court demands a different approach.

Thanks to the 2011 Fellows Class, we have o.p.e.n. court – where we meet, Henry and follow him on his journey through the court.

See Henry in three videos and learn about his experience with the juvenile justice system. These videos and resource materials will help:

  • Prepare youth when they become involved with the legal system;
  • Engage caregivers and facilitators in best practices;
  • Protect the rights and responsibilities of all during their “day in court.”

These videos and accompanying resource guide are intended to address the emotional and practical issues often faced by young people with intellectual disabilities who become involved in court. While every person’s experience will be unique, learning about individual rights and how to respond appropriately can help provide the confidence and skills needed to navigate the juvenile court system.

Video 1: Understanding the Juvenile Justice System
Video 2: The Courtroom and How It Works
Video 3: How to be Ready for Juvenile Court

Light the Way: Don't Leave Your Loved Ones in the Dark

Talking about end of life care is uncomfortable for many, but it is important that each person has an opportunity to make these important choices for themselves.

In partnership with the Ohio End of Life Collaborative and LeadingAge Ohio (formerly, Midwest Care Alliance), the 2002 Fellows Class shares with you Conversations that Light the Way: Don’t Leave Your Loved Ones in the Dark – a practical guidebook to assist you with talking to your family and loved ones about the importance of living wills and healthcare power of attorney. 

Keys to the Courtroom

The 2006 Fellows Class created Keys to the Courtroom to help Pro Se defendants learn the basics of the courtroom. This program will also provide judges and lawyers with guidance to deal more effectively with those who represent themselves.

ORDER MATERIALS (PDF)

KEYS BROCHURE (PDF)