California E-Clinic Volunteer Advocate Training: Parental Readiness Empowerment Program (PREP)
Date training recorded: Oct 23, 2017
Trainer(s): Natasha Quiroga
Sponsoring Organization(s): Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law


Volunteers Needed For Virtual Consultation Appointments with Parents in California

The Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program’s (PREP) goal is to guarantee that students receive equal educational opportunities in public schools and institutions of higher learning, by empowering parents to advocate for their child’s educational success. PREP works to improve K-12 student performance, reduce the racial achievement gap, and provide equal access to quality educational opportunities. It targets minority families whose children are at heightened risk of academic failure due to socio-economic status, limited parental educational attainment, language barriers, challenges related to cultural assimilation, and special needs (e.g., physical or learning disability). Through this innovative model, PREP leverages the efforts of parents, schools, civil rights groups, the private bar, and the philanthropic community to ensure equal educational opportunities for our nation’s most vulnerable youth.

Description: PREP launched a virtual online platform in California, New York, and Mississippi where parents can connect with a pro bono advocate via video chat or phone.  Through a well-designed platform that leverages technological innovation and human capital at law firms and corporations, trained legal volunteers video chat with parents, overcoming geographic challenges and scheduling constraints. During the virtual meeting, parents gain a better understanding of their rights and their child’s educational rights related to special education, school discipline, bullying and discrimination, and English Language Learners issues. Volunteers work with parents to develop an action plan detailing next steps to address their child’s educational needs. Volunteers receive a training manual and will have access to expert attorneys via email and phone for guidance before and after appointments.

Qualifications: Lawyers barred in California. Volunteers who are fluent in Spanish or other languages are especially needed. 

Time Commitment: 3.5 hour CLE training; each appointment is a 2 – 15 hour commitment, depending upon the issue; volunteers can take as many appointments as they can

Mandatory Training: Volunteers must participate in a 3.5 hour in-person or online training, available for MCLE credit.

2.5 hour Substantive Law Training

1.0 hour Tech Training

All materials, the powerpoint, training guide, issue paths, and template letters can be accessed here:


Natasha Quiroga, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Genzie Bonadies Torres, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law


To use this training for self-study MCLE credit, please complete the evaluation form on our website and submit it to in order to receive certification for your self-study records.

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This webinar is intended to provide legal information, not legal advice for the purposes of training only practicing attorneys. The legal information in this webinar is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction. Further, we do not intend to create an attorney-client relationship with any listener.

California E-Clinic Volunteer Advocate Training: Parental Readiness Empowerment Program (PREP)


Training URL
Series: Free to the Public
MCLE: 3.5 hours
Last revised: Oct 23, 2018 11:20 am