Outreach and Education
Community Outreach and Education
The goal of the Community Outreach and Education Division is to provide crime prevention and safety information to the citizens of the Northwestern District. The Division works in partnership with schools, offering educational programs which address the pressing social, legal and safety issues facing schools, students and families.
A vital function of this Division is to collaborate with coalitions, businesses and various community groups as a means of facilitating outreach and educational initiatives throughout the district. Specifically, the Community Outreach and Education Division works to identify and develop programs that are designed to meet the needs of our distinct community.
The District Attorney’s Office is wholeheartedly committed to working in partnership with members of the community to actively seek out opportunities that focus on preventing crime that affect all citizens.
Special emphasis is placed on the reduction of violence in the schools, promoting a safe and healthy school climate, Internet safety, civil rights and diversity awareness, youth substance abuse prevention and enhancing awareness of crimes against elders.
Programs of the Community Outreach and Education Division include the Youth Advisory Board and Citizens Advisory Board.
The unit also offers presentations, trainings, guest speakers and can consult on a wide array of issues of concern to the people of the Northwestern District
Youth Advisory Board
The Northwestern District Attorney's Youth Advisory Board was created in 2005 and consists of area high school students who meet with the Director of Community Outreach and Education. It is a student-led coalition of teens primarily focused on empowering youth to take a leadership role in their schools and communities.
Citizens Advisory Board
The mission of the Citizens Advisory Board is to advise and assist the Office of the Northwestern District Attorney in the areas of community outreach and education, crime prevention, community prosecution, civic engagement, social justice and civil rights issues.
District Attorney Sullivan's staff will work with any school in the district to create a comprehensive violence prevention plan that could include staff training, curricula, policy review, and parenting education.
Staff also are available to provide training and consultation to schools, agencies, youth groups, parents, police departments and other community members on issues such as School Safety, Underage Drinking, Distracted Driving, Teen Dating Violence and Social Host Liability.