Alaina Moonves-Leb

  • Hosted by Alliance for Children's Rights
  • Sponsored by Edison International, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
  • Service location Los Angeles, California
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Education/Special Education
  • Fellowship class year 2011
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Alaina assisted foster youth with learning difficulties are often denied appropriate special education services. Academic failure and behavioral problems put them in jeopardy of “crossing over” to the juvenile delinquency system where they drop out of school and face unemployment, homelessness and incarceration. Alaina advocated within the schools and juvenile courts to identify at-risk youth and ensure services are secured; caregivers and stakeholders are trained; and systemic change is informed.

Next Steps

After her Fellowship, Alaina continued to work as a staff attorney at Alliance for Children’s Rights. Currently, she is the senior staff attorney at the Alliance for Children’s Rights. In her current role, she maintains a small number of direct advocacy cases, but focuses the majority of her time on foster youth education legislation, policy and implementation at the local and state level.


Agencies advocate for youth

The circumstances that a child is born into should not dictate their future; it is the responsibility of those with voices to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to succeed.

Alaina Moonves-Leb /
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