Baker McKenzie has partnered with Google and two outstanding California organizations, Tipping Point Community and Bay Area Legal Aid, in a joint pro bono effort to create the Homeless Youth Handbook - California, an online legal resource for youth experiencing homelessness, or transitioning to adulthood without parental support. California will be the seventh state in the US, in addition to the District of Columbia, to receive this guide. In many locations, it is also available in schools, libraries, shelters and public agencies.
California has the highest number of homeless youth in the country - at least 12,000 young people living on our streets. The Handbook is a legal rights and resource guide for these young people and the dedicated social workers and advocates that work on their behalf, addressing 20 areas of substantive law and fundamental rights, written in plain English and easily navigable online.
A team of volunteer attorneys and other professionals spent thousands of hours researching, writing editing, and organizing the Handbook, which covers issues such as employment, domestic violence, parenting, housing, LGBTQ issues, education and more. The guide will be launched this month at Google's San Francisco office on Thursday, Jan. 31
Baker McKenzie recently launched a video to highlight the Homeless Youth Handbooks and their impact on homeless young people across the United States, available at: https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/newsroom/2018/10/homeless-youth-handbook-video
Baker McKenzie has partnered with other companies and non-profits across the US to produce similar Handbooks for homeless youth in six other states - Florida, Texas, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois and New York, as well as Washington, DC - all of which are available at www.HomelessYouth.org. Digital agency One North recently redesigned the website as a pro bono project, making the Handbooks even easier to access and search from a mobile device or desktop.
"The Homeless Youth Handbook project is an excellent example of how collaboration among in-house counsel, non-profits and law firms can exponentially increase assistance to those in need," said Colin Murray, Chief Executive Officer of Baker McKenzie North America. "Through partnerships like this, we are able to provide these children in the US, and their advocates, with clear guidance on young people's legal rights. Thank you to the talented teams at Google, Tipping Point Community and Bay Area Legal Aid for their collaboration with us on this important project."