Community Engagement and Programs

The Community Partnerships Unit serves as the liaison between Manhattan communities and the DA’s Office.

The Community Partnerships Unit is made up of three teams that work together to increase trust between the community and our office, raise awareness about the role and vision of the DA, ensure access for all Manhattan communities and create partnerships that prevent crime and increase the quality of life for the communities we serve.  

The Community Engagement Team assigns staff geographically to provide a consistent presence in all Manhattan communities. They attend community meetings and build relationships with community partners to ensure a collaborative approach to safety strategies.

The Hate Crime Prevention Team works with government and community partners to promote acceptance and belonging in Manhattan. The team facilitates presentations and community conversations to raise awareness and prevent hate crimes.

To learn the name and contact information of the Community Engagement Coordinator who covers your community, or to request more information about our educational and youth programming, please call the Community Partnerships Unit at (212) 335-9082. You can also request a presentation here:

The Youth and Education Team coordinates presentations and community conversations about various community safety topics including elder abuse, identity theft and more. They also run the Office’s many youth internship and prevention programs, including a High School Summer Internship Program, Gun Violence Prevention Fellowship and the Saturday Night Lights Manhattan Programming.


Youth Ambassador Program

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (DANY) is launching its first-ever Youth Ambassador Program! From March 1st – May 24th, 2024, DANY Youth Ambassadors will learn about the office’s role in the criminal justice system. They will work directly with DANY staff, converse with guest speakers, and develop and propose solutions. The Youth Ambassadors will ultimately become part of DANY’s network of youth leaders who amplify the voices and input of the younger community we serve. The program will culminate with a Youth Empowerment Summit led by the Youth Ambassadors.

Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2024 – February 29, 2024. Visit to apply.

  • Applicants must be aged 16-19 years old
  • Applicants must reside, attend a school, or work in Manhattan

We will select two ambassadors from these six communities in Manhattan:

  • East Harlem
  • Central/West Harlem
  • Midtown
  • Upper East Side/ Upper West Side
  • Lower Manhattan
  • Washington Heights/ Inwood