Better Together: Teens and Law Enforcement

On October 27, 2018, more than 150 teens from six YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles branches met with LA's top law enforcement agencies at Cal State LA for the LA Y's inaugural "Strengthening Communities Teen Forum." As an opportunity for teaching leadership and character development by inciting dialogue about issues important to them, this event exemplified the Y's commitment to strengthening communities by empowering teens to find their voices and create meaningful change. 

In partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles School Police Department, the program began with a panel discussion featuring YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Board Member and LAPD Chief Michel Moore, followed by round table discussions among teens, police officers and Sheriff's deputies. Expert facilitators from Days of Dialogue guided teens and law enforcement through honest and thoughtful conversations designed to improve relationships and understanding between law enforcement and the community.

The six YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles branches represented at this special event included Anderson Munger Family YMCA (Koreatown), Crenshaw Family YMCA (Crenshaw), Ketchum-Downtown YMCA (Downtown Los Angeles), Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA (Southeast Los Angeles), Weingart East Los Angeles (East Los Angeles) and Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center (South Los Angeles).

To learn more about teen leadership programs at the Y or to volunteer for programs like these, please visit or contact your local LA Y.