Being a part of the Education team means you go into schools and alternative education facilities all over Wellington and teach young people about the law and their rights.
Hear from Pareesha below:
I first got involved with the CJP after hearing about it at law camp. The leaders were so passionate about each of their project areas it convinced me to get involved. I love meeting new people and telling lame jokes so the Education team was a perfect fit! Being a part of the Education team means you go into schools and alternative education facilities all over Wellington and teach young people about the law and their rights. We do this via games with chocolate on hand to bribe people into participating.
To be able to use the knowledge gained from my law degree and give back to the community in a practical way has been incredibly rewarding.
As part of the project's commitment to recognise the work of our volunteers, whose dedication is relied upon, each team leader has been asked to nominate one outstanding volunteer for 2016.
Hear from Alex below:
I heard about CJP in my first few weeks at law school. I was a new Wellingtonian, having done first year law at Otago, and transferred up in second year knowing almost no one. I was looking for things to get involved with, and Community Law stood out. I'm hugely passionate about equality and equal access to education, so the REP team really struck a chord with me. I had a few run-ins with the law when I was younger - I dropped out of school and moved out of home at a very young age, and no one ever taught me what my rights were, so going into schools and teaching young people about their rights is a very special opportunity for me. The education team is special for me, because it's a resource that could have changed my life if I had had access to it, so it's a huge privilege to help bring it to others who might need it.
I feel like the skills and experience I've gained volunteering for Community Law, and especially working for the Education team, have really helped me in figuring out both what I'm really passionate about, and how to make sure I'm working to make a difference no matter what I do. I'm really grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the CJP team - it's been one of the best things about my time at Victoria.
As part of the project's commitment to recognise the work of our volunteers, whose dedication is relied upon, each team leader has been asked to nominate one outstanding volunteer for 2016. These volunteers will be showcased over the next four weeks.
I applied for the CJP Education team because I am passionate about the education of our young people, especially those who have less access to information and resources. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should have a right to rights education.
Hear from Autumn below:
Students should get involved with CJP because it is an amazing opportunity to learn new skills and make a difference in the community. The Rights Education Project (REP) allows you to connect with those in the community you may not ever have the chance to meet and it's a great way to get to know new and like-minded people at law school. The Know Your Rights project (KYR) is good for those creative thinkers who enjoy researching and producing practical material aimed at helping university students get ahead in Wellington.
The team leaders are super amazing and supportive which makes training and volunteering fun and easy. Volunteering with the CJP has been awesome and I definitely recommend it to any student who has an interest in social justice and helping others. It is fun, challenging, flexible with classes and, importantly, it makes a positive difference to people's lives.
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