Nearly 150 local youth and dozens of parents attended the 5th Annual Youth & Justice Forum on Saturday, April 23, at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas. The forum was hosted by Nevada Assemblywoman Dina Neal and local civic groups, including the Uplift Foundation of Nevada.
Sponsored by the NV Energy Foundation, the Forum brought together law enforcement, lawyers and law students, parents and youth ages 10 to 18 for constructive, problem-solving dialogue designed to educate students and build trust and communication and reduce negative interactions between cops and youth. The event was free and open to the public.
“The Forum fills a critical need: educating youth on their rights and responsibilities by equipping them with the knowledge to think critically and respond appropriately when interacting with law enforcement,” Neal said. “The benefits also extend to the adults – police, parents, citizens – because we gain insight on youth perspectives on law and justice.
We are grateful to our presenting sponsor, the NV Energy Foundation. Its support allows us to provide important information to more youth, so that they can be informed, empowered and get the most of out of life.”