The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., believes education and community engagement are critical components in the fight against crime. The Office’s educational initiatives, coordinated through the Community Partnerships Unit, are designed as a resource for the community to access information about the criminal justice system with the aim of enhancing public safety. Through educational presentations and criminal court tours, community members can learn about the office and explore crime-related topics. Additionally, through the high school internship program the Office aims to expose students to careers in criminal justice.
Assistant District Attorneys and staff conduct presentations on various crime related topics, as well as the arrest to sentencing process.
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 violence prevention and youth-development program funded by our Office that offers free high quality sports and fitness training and academic enrichment for youth ages 11-18. For more information, please visit our website at www.manhattanda.org/saturday-night-lights.