Denver District Attorney’s Office Youth Advisory Council

Mission: To discuss issues regarding juvenile justice, youth-centered public safety and ways to improve the system.

The Youth Advisory Council is a group of engaged, dedicated, and diverse young people ages 11-18 who are committed to helping young people make good choices and not ending up in the criminal justice cycle. The Council will work with the District Attorney to gather community concerns, generate ideas for improvement, and discuss the role of the District Attorney’s office.

The Council will provide an ongoing youth voice to inform the District Attorney as she believes that youth are best served when they are active participants in decisions made about them. The District Attorney will look to the expertise of our youth to enhance and transform our juvenile criminal justice systems.

Youth Advisory Council Composition

The Program Administrator will select 14 to 20 diverse applicants who represent the community to serve on the council. The members will have demonstrated commitment to community and eagerness to make a difference. Applications are accepted and reviewed continuously and selected applicants are put on a waiting list for the next available position.

Youth Advisory Council Overview

The Council will provide the input needed to assist the District Attorney in prioritizing resources, targeting areas, and implementing strategies to achieve the Council’s goal of smarter juvenile justice and enhanced public safety. The Council members will use their insight and experience to look critically at their communities and identify problems and resources to help solve those problems.

The Council will also have guest speakers and presentations regarding different programs and initiatives important to the District Attorney so that the Council and their respective communities are aware of the programs and also so that they may participate in them as well.

The Council will meet the second Wednesday of every month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. If you are interested in participating please contact Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Song at 720-913-9150 or michael.song@denverda.org

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