The 3Rs –
Rights ● Responsibilities ● Realities is an unprecedented program of the
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association undertaken by members of the Cleveland
legal community, in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
(CMSD) and East Cleveland City Schools to personally connect with high school
students to address fundamental issues facing the students and, ultimately, our
city and region. Using a real-world curriculum focused on the U.S.
Constitution, The 3Rs Program calls upon teams of volunteers to go to 10th
grade social studies classes to work with small groups of students to
accomplish the following goals:
- Improve understanding of and
respect for the rule of law and our Constitution;
- Improve passage of graduation preparedness testing;
- Provide practical career counseling to
focus students on their potential beyond high school; and
the “pipeline” of minorities flowing into legal careers in the region.
(Click here to watch an introductory video to The 3Rs - Now updated with Cleveland's own LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers!)
More than ever, Cleveland and East
Cleveland public school students need the personal involvement of the
community to help the students maximize their potential both now and post-high
school. The success of these students and the success of our region are
mutually dependent. The Cleveland legal community is well-positioned to make
a profound impact by volunteering to serve in the schools.
The groundbreaking 3Rs program of the CMBA celebrates its 10th Anniversary this fall and YOU are invited to take part in this historic event! The 3Rs has inspired more students, through the tireless efforts of more volunteers from our local legal community, for longer than any other community program in the CMBA’s storied history.
Celebrating 10 years of positive impact in our community
Since its kick-off in 2006, The 3Rs and 3Rs+ programs have reached over 25,000 students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland high schools, imparting information about the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law crucial to passing school achievement tests for graduation as well as helping prepare youths for their paths to success in higher education, careers, and beyond. Last year The 3Rs debuted a brand-new lesson on Police Encounters in response to movements nationwide to help keep children safe and better informed about their rights, responsibilities, and the realities of encounters with law enforcement day-to-day. The Police Encounters lesson was welcomed and embraced by authorities within the schools, community at large, and by law-related groups statewide.
Over the years The 3Rs has earned acclaim from local and national groups, collecting awards for community service and diversity, and generating discussion about public outreach on a statewide and national level. The 3Rs has been instrumental in significantly raising passage rates for the Social Studies component of the Ohio Graduation Test. But more than that, The 3Rs and 3Rs+ have connected with young people in our community, helping them realize that they too have much to give back and achieve. In the words of 3Rs students who have gone on to participate in mock trial, the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy, the Stokes Scholars program, and many more opportunities, The 3Rs inspired them to think ahead and to realize that their dreams are within their reach.
Will you join us in 2015-2016?
As the Cleveland and East Cleveland schools transition to new methods of graduation preparedness testing and new challenges this school year, The 3Rs needs you and other dedicated, inspired volunteers more than ever. The time commitment is minimal (six lessons total throughout the school year), the potential impact is infinite. Take the time today to commit to changing lives. Let’s celebrate the role of lawyers giving back this year, and for many more anniversaries to come!
To volunteer or for more information, click here
to email Jessica Paine or call (216) 696-3525. More information also is
available on the 3Rs
In partnership with College Now Greater Cleveland (CNGC), The 3Rs and the CMBA encourage you to volunteer become a volunteer mentor. The CNGC Mentor Program pairs professionals in the community with freshmen scholarship recipients from low-income backgrounds, helping them navigate their path to successful graduation. Mentors communication over an online platform twice monthly and meet with students in person at least three time per year. Become a mentor, change a life! For more information, click here or contact Madeline Rife, Mentoring Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation provides primary funding for The 3Rs, with the majority of funds raised through the annual Rock the Foundation Gala in March. The Foundation has also launched a giving program for CMBA members, volunteers and friends of the program to help us sustain The 3Rs through annual charitable gifts – Friends of The 3Rs. There are a variety of giving levels and all support is very much appreciated. The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. To donate to the Friends of The 3Rs please click here.
The 3Rs+ program is designed to further the work of The
3Rs by connecting to students in the 11th and 12th grade
who desire to work with mentors, for assistance with college application
preparation and financial aid planning as well as to broaden their
horizons. Launched in the 2011-2012 school year, The 3Rs+ is a partnership program of the CMBA with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Shaw High School in East Cleveland, and the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.
3Rs+ volunteers are needed to
provide the following:
- One-on-one mentoring
- Assistance developing field trips to courts,
firms, other areas of business
- Serving as a speaker for educational
programs for students and/or parents
The 3Rs+ is open to all
members of the legal community, including both those who have volunteered with
The 3Rs and those who have not yet had the opportunity. Time commitment is
based on volunteer availability and interest. For more information about The
3Rs+, please email Jessica Paine at email@example.com.