Center for Youth Development Through Law

Center for Youth Development Through Law

The Center for Youth Development through Law (CYDL), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1999. We operate in cooperation with the U.C. Berkeley School of Law and its Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, although we are funded separately by a combination of generous private foundations, law firms, city government employment programs, associations and individuals.


Our Summer Legal Fellowship Program provides participants with two months of full-time educational and employment activities during the summer, and we provide summer program graduates with ongoing mentoring and other follow-up support.

Key Program Components

  • Internships in law, government and nonprofit offices complemented by customized support
  • Exploration of our system of law and government through academic classes, interactive exercises, mock trials, interactions with legal professionals, and engagement with current events
  • Career development and college preparation activities
  • Curriculum developing self-awareness, emotional intelligence, social competence and leadership skills
  • Stipends
  • Mentoring and other activities supporting the young people’s educational and career pursuits after they complete the summer program

The information above can be found on the official website of Center for Youth Development Through Law. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website:

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