Young Adult Legal Advocacy Program

The transition to adulthood is a difficult time for all young people as they try to figure out employment, education, housing, and other important decisions. Those who have experienced trauma or instability, however, often face increased obstacles along the way. Without adequate support, these obstacles can feel insurmountable and can have far-reaching consequences on a young person’s ability to pursue their life goals. At times, these obstacles may cause young people to avoid making life goals in the first place.

Our team provides young people who have experienced foster care, juvenile justice, homelessness, or other instability with the critical legal advocacy, support, and resources they need to overcome these challenges and see a clearer path to adulthood.

How We Help

Our team provides free legal services to young adults, ages 18 to 25, to remove barriers they face and help them move forward in pursuing their goals. These services include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assistance in obtaining birth certificates or other vital documents 
  • Expungement/Deregistration for juvenile records 
  • Name change or gender marker change
  • Assistance securing public assistance/government benefits 
  • Help with landlord-tenant disputes (evictions and others)

We are not able to assist in criminal defense matters or family law matters (where the young adult is the parent). The legal system is complex and many factors make the transition to adulthood difficult. As a result, our services are constantly evolving to meet the needs of young people.  If you have a legal question or would like more information about how we can help, please contact us.

We believe that strong relationships, warm handoffs, and wrap-around supports are crucial to supporting young adults. With that in mind, we provide training, case consultation, and other resources to community partners and professionals who work with young people. We encourage partners to reach out to explore how we might work together!