Our team have run innovative community legal education programs for young people for over 10 years.
The Trouble with Sam and Steve was an exciting Community Legal Education project using theatre to teach primary school students about the law. Produced by Community Arts Network SA, The Trouble with Sam and Steve toured SA primary schools and reached 1,500 students, teachers, and community members. As an early intervention strategy, the project targeted young people at the beginning ages of criminal responsibility and was offered as a free performance and workshop for young people in years 5, 6 and 7. After the performance by professional actors, students took part in a workshop with our Legal Education Officer, the show’s Director, and the characters of Sam and Steve. The discussions focussed on the social and legal consequences of the characters’ actions, and the steps young people can take to get legal help and support.
Expect Respect! used drama-based education to explore the legal and social implications of sexual assault and the use of mobile phones to take and share sexually explicit images of young people. The project was developed in collaboration with youth-led Act Now Theatre. From May 2010 until March 2012, more than 4000 young people in Adelaide and regional centres across South Australia participated in this interactive legal education program. Key to the success of the project was the involvement of young people and key agencies committed to sexual assault prevention and social change.
LEAP was a crime prevention initiative that assisted young people from new migrant communities to understand their legal rights and obligations and the role of the police. The project used a community development approach to engage with young people and their families, and was the recipient of a 2009 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award.