Each fall, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office encourages its attorneys, investigators and other professional staff to take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer one hour a week to teach fifth-graders about the criminal justice system.

Through Project LEAD, the office strives to better prepare students to make the right choices in life so we won’t see them in court as defendants but as jurors, witnesses, law enforcement officers, lawyers and judges.

Our volunteers serve both as teachers and role models. As a result, students complete the program with a better appreciation for the law and increased respect for prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.

Project LEAD has been proven by research to provide an important step in the right direction by encouraging children to stay in school and out of trouble.