Friday, October 19, 2018 -Springfield- On Thursday, October 18, 2018 Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni welcomed the 2018-2019 Youth Advisory Board to their orientation. The event allowed for this year’s participants to meet each other, the district attorney, and members of his staff, as well as to learn what they will be involved with this year.
The District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board consists of local sophomore, junior and senior high school students who meet on a regular basis with the district attorney and his staff. The objective of the Board is to address issues facing today’s teens and research effective prevention strategies. Some initiatives the members of the Youth Advisory Board will participate in are: internet safety presentations to elementary schools students, the Board’s “It Only Takes One” campaign, and social media awareness presentations to area parents.
Participation on the Board allows students to speak publically and present to both peers and adults, volunteer and educate young people, and work on projects that address pressing issues facing teens.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “Our young people face serious challenges in today’s society and it is important that adults listen, learn, and assist them in how they can meet and overcome these challenges. In the past, students on the Board have provided valuable information to help the District Attorney and his staff identify needs within the county and what steps law enforcement, educators, and elected officials can take to address those needs for our young people. Once again, through this year’s board, we expect to gain insight into today’s youth and use that knowledge to create safer schools and communities.”
This year’s Youth Advisory Board consist of 62 high school students from 22 schools across Hampden County.