Student Organizations

Child and Youth Advocates

Welcome Letter to 1Ls | Youth Volunteering Opportunities

Child and Youth Advocates (CYA) brings together students interested in a wide variety of children's issues, including child welfare, juvenile justice, and education. We aim to heighten awareness and encourage discussion of these issues at HLS, facilitate student involvement with children and youth in Cambridge and Boston, and advocate for children's rights in various contexts.

CYA organizes and coordinates volunteer activities with several children's organizations in the Boston area. Volunteers may help with one-time events or get involved on an ongoing basis. Through the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, students advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court proceedings. Serving as an educational advocate, tutoring a child in Cambridge public schools, or participating in conferences, panels or brown-bag lunch discussions with faculty are other ways in which students can become involved. CYA also works closely with HLS's new Child Advocacy Program, which provides even more opportunities for students to engage in children's issues. In addition, students may find support to start their own projects.

We invite everyone who wants to give a voice to our youngest citizens to join CYA.

Felicia Cote, President
fcote@jd12.law.harvard.edu