Type: News
Date: 05/06/2013

Taft Announces Law Exploratory and Career Readiness Program at IPS Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Taft Law is pleased to announce a new program for sixth-grade students at IPS Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58.

In partnership with the United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IPS Police Department, and Reach for Youth, Taft has created a law exploratory and career readiness program. Students will learn about various career opportunities in law and safety and will take a field trip to the federal courthouse.

“We are very excited about this new program,” said Robert J. Hicks, partner-in-charge of Taft’s Indianapolis office. “As part of our partnership with IPS 58, one of our goals is to help bring resources to the school to enhance the learning experience and educate students about career opportunities.”

“This is a unique collaboration between these organizations, and we are grateful for this opportunity for our students,” said Vicky Kelley, School 58 principal. “Each organization offers a different perspective about the various careers in law and safety, opening our students’ eyes to the many opportunities.”

During the month of May, representatives of the four organizations will visit the classroom for a career day presentation. Each representative will discuss their position, job responsibilities and career path. In addition, Reach for Youth will conduct an interactive explanation of Teen Court and will discuss law concepts and terms for every day use.

The program will feature a field trip to the federal courthouse on May 16. The visit will include orientation, a tour, an educational activity and a visit with a judge. Afterward, students will enjoy lunch at Taft’s downtown office.

Taft adopted IPS 58 in 2011 and has since pledged more than $450,000 to the school. In partnership with the United Way, Taft has developed a program with the school that supports areas of need and improvement. The main areas of focus are building and expanding after school programming and  increasing academic achievement of the Indiana English/Language Arts and Math Standards. In addition to financial support, Taft employees volunteer their time and talents and get involved with the students through tutoring and mentoring. 

To learn more about Taft’s partnership with IPS 58, please click here.

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