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> Hello from Lawyers in Schools! Friday, 19th July 2013

Hello!  My name is Emma Watts and I'm filling in for Amy as Project Manager of the Lawyers in Schools programme while she welcomes a new addition to her family!  I wanted to introduce myself and say how excited I am to be here for the next 6 months.  Lawyers in Schools is an incredible programme and I couldn't be happier to be part of such a lovely, welcoming team at LiS and the Citizenship Foundation. 


To share a bit of my background, I come from Corporate Fundraising at Kids Company, where founder Camila Batmanghelidjh often makes the point that politicians don't take young people's issues into account because young people don't vote.  In turn, young people end up feeling disengaged and disenfranchised from the processes that shape our society.  That really resonates for me as I begin my work here at the Citizenship Foundation.  Lawyers in Schools connects young people in secondary schools with information about their rights, the legal processes in the UK and abroad, and most importantly, equips them with a renewed confidence in their own ability to engage with the formal structures of society.  We've all heard the adage that knowledge is power, and I see the Lawyers in Schools programme as a key component of empowering young people to play an active role in shaping their societies.  The wider work of the Citizenship Foundation (such as Go Givers, Giving Nation, Mock Trials and the Youth Budget) all contributes to a vision of society where young people are engaged with building a better future.


I'm especially lucky to be joining at a key moment for Lawyers in Schools, as we look to expand our programmes further throughout the UK as well as abroad in Europe.  With important questions about the future of the European Union looming, there couldn't be a better time to connect young people in Europe with practicing legal experts who can share their own knowledge, passion and experiences of shaping society.  So, if you're interested in getting involved with Lawyers in Schools here in the UK or in Europe, please get in touch!