|For Immediate Release
August 5, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
OCDA HOSTS 12TH ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH EDUCATION CONFERENCE FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
SANTA ANA – Local Orange County high school students will have the opportunity next week to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a prosecutor, defense attorney, police detective and judge during the 12th Annual Summer Youth Education Conference. This weeklong program will begin Monday, Aug. 8, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. and will include over 35 hours of hands-on activities, culminating in a mock trial and a graduation ceremony on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.
“I am glad that our program helps young people in our community learn about the criminal justice system,” said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “It’s our privilege to work with local teens to encourage them to choose a positive path. The students are tomorrow’s prosecutors, police officers, and judges.”
The Summer Youth Education Conference gives students interested in law enforcement a better understanding of the criminal justice system. Students will have an opportunity to visit numerous government agencies and network with criminal justice professionals. The participants will visit the Santa Ana Police Department, the Federal Courthouse, Lamoreaux Juvenile Justice Center, a judge’s chamber, the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Facility, and the Coroner’s office. Educational workshops will be presented by police officers, OCDA investigators, prosecutors, a defense attorney, community agencies, and other criminal justice professionals.
This year, 33 students from 30 schools throughout the County were selected to participate. Applications for the program are accepted from students who exhibit an interest in learning about the legal and criminal justice system. Anyone interested in applying for the 2012 conference can visit the Orange County District Attorney’s website at www.orangecountyda.com and select “Summer Youth Education Conference” under “Education and Resources.” The program is open to Orange County high school students between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.