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Youth and Education Programs

The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., believes education and community engagement are critical components in the fight against crime. The Office’s youth and education programs, coordinated through the Community Partnerships Unit, are designed to educate, empower and raise awareness on public safety issues and the work of the office. We aim to reach the community through the following programs. 

EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Assistant District Attorneys and staff conduct presentations on various crime related topics, as well as the arrest to sentencing process.

Presentation Request Form

CRIMINAL COURT TOURS

Assistant District Attorneys explain the role of the District Attorney and the arrest to sentencing process in New York County. Following this presentation the ADA takes students, teachers and community groups to see court hearings and trials.

HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Each summer, the Office offers an intensive six-week program for current sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school with a strong interest in learning about criminal justice. Applicants must either attend a Manhattan school or reside in Manhattan. For more information, please visit our website at www.manhattanda.org/high-school-internship.

MOCK TRIAL PREPARATION

Assistant District Attorneys are available to coach your school’s mock trial team in preparation for the New York State Bar Association’s High School Tournament held each spring.

We also accommodate other educational and community event requests. For more information on any of these programs, please contact the Community Partnerships Unit at (212) 335-9082.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Saturday Night Lights (SNL) is a youth-development and violence prevention program, founded in 2011 by the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) to provide young people (ages 11-18) in underserved Manhattan neighborhoods a safe, fun, and productive space during traditionally high-crime times on Saturday nights. www.manhattanda.org/saturday-night-lights.