Los Angeles: ‘Teach-In’ on the Constitution of the United States

Service Type: 
Sponsoring Club: 
Yale Black Alumni Association - Los Angeles
Co-sponsor(s): 
Yale Club of Los Angeles
1stGenYale
When: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: 
Center of Hope See map
9550 Crenshaw Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305

Parking is provided in the lot behind the church.

Description: 
This year on the Yale Day of Service, May 13, 2017, Yale volunteers and their friends and families will partner with the Center of Hope in Inglewood, California to hold a “Teach-In on the Constitution of the United States.” This event will be a non-partisan facilitated discussion among citizens regarding the contents of the Constitution. The event is open to residents of the Greater Los Angeles area. Members of the church and area residents will be invited to participate.
 
Discussion at the “teach-in” will focus on five basic questions – 1) What does the US Constitution say? 2) What is in the Bill of Rights?  3) How does the government work?  4) How do the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the government create checks and balances? 5) What should every citizen know about this governing document?
 
The Teach-In will be similar to a basic civics lesson with free-flowing dialogue. This is not a legal clinic. Rather, the intent of the event is to bring together members of the Yale community who live in the Greater Los Angeles and other members of the community for educational purposes – a sharing of knowledge and information.
 
Prior to May 13th, Yale volunteers and members of the Center of Hope will meet to plan the event, determine programming, devise ways to advertise the event, and determine methods of recruiting Yalies and other community members to participate.
 
The event will be held on the church premises at 9550 Crenshaw Blvd in the classroom areas. Three concurrent discussion sessions (one with adults, one with teens, and one children ages 10 to 12) are planned. Each of the discussion sessions will include no more than 25 people. 
 
Sessions will be age-appropriate, interactive, and engaging. Volunteers who enjoy working with people in small groups are needed to help facilitate the discussions.
 
Light refreshments will be served. All attendees will be provided a pocket-sized copy of the US Constitution.
 
Voter registration will also be conducted on that day. 
 
Once the initial event is over, the event organizing team will collaborate to determine what follow-up and future collaboration would look like and how it would be conducted.
Site Coordinator: 
Sheryl Carter Negash ‘82
(562) 335-9523
 
Kim Clayton Hershman ‘88, ‘92 JD
(310) 418-8572