Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington

"Working to eradicate the civil legal barriers that homeless youth and youth at-risk of homelessness face which prevent them from becoming self-sufficient."

SYLAW is an all-volunteer program with chapters at SU and UW. SYLAW programs aim to provide information and education to homeless youth, and youth at-risk of homelessness in the areas of housing, education, employment, family law, consumer law, and public entitlements. SYLAW partners with Team Child to provide a monthly opportunity to people with juvenile records to seal those records. SU and UW law students serve as volunteers to guide participants through the petition process. Clinics are generally held the first Wednesday of every month. Space for volunteers is limited; sign-ups are required through the TWEN site. Clinic is October-May Sealing juvenile records can aid both juveniles and adults in access employment, education, housing, and public benefits.

SYLAW also provides legal information, not advice, to youth at monthly drop-in clinics at a number of youth shelters in the Seattle area. Topics include record sealing, employment, housing rights, etc. Space for volunteers is limited; sign-ups are required through the TWEN site. These shelters include the Orion Center and PSKS. 

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