Getting legal counsel isn’t always easy for homeless youths, who often don’t have the resources to seek out their own attorneys. But children in Washington now have a new resource to turn to in the form of the Homeless Youth Handbook. The handbook started with Columbia Legal Services, a non-profit law firm that provides aid to low-income people. Last year, overwhelmed by a constant stream of practical questions from individual homeless children, the organization joined forces with Baker & McKenzie and Starbucks to provide kids with valuable legal advice.
“This project aligns so well with our company efforts to help and empower youth, that when they called us about it initially it didn’t take very long to see that this was an incredible project to be involved in,” says Alex Torres, corporate counsel at Starbucks.