connect / 2015

LAPD Southwest Area Youth Conference: Enhancing Community-Police Relations through the Youth

LAPD Southwest Area Youth Conference: Enhancing Community-Police Relations through the Youth

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by LAPD Southwest Business Booster Association Inc.

The Public Safety Youth Conference will gather advice, concerns and recommendations on deterring crime and fostering public safety and community policing from the perspective of the youth in our communities.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • South LA
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD
  • Los Angeles Police Department

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics?

  • Rates of volunteerism
  • Voting rates by race
  • Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support
  • Participation in neighborhood councils
  • Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.

Today the youth are constantly dealing with the issues of police violence, narcotics, bullying and neighborhood gangs in real life and through social media; Leaving a generation wanting to make a difference and have a voice in their communities.

The Public Safety Youth Conference will make LA the best place to connect by creating a platform where students in Los Angeles can have a dialogue with Los Angeles police and facilitators to address concerns and create solutions on deterring crime and improving community-police relations. The future result is to ensure more positive interactions between all community members and police and increase youth involvement in public safety.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

We will evaluate our work on the total number of students that attend the conference, increased participation in LAPD Southwest area youth programs and positive media reports on community-police relations.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Education/training
  • Community outreach