Project LEAD is an effective law-related education program established by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1993. The 20-week curriculum teaches fifth-grade students about the criminal justice system and the importance of making good decisions.
Volunteers from within the District Attorney’s Office and partner agencies are instructors for the program and serve as role models in the classroom.
Since its inception, Project LEAD has touched the lives of tens of thousands of students in public schools throughout Los Angeles County. It has been replicated in other jurisdictions across the United States and in other countries.
Researchers have found that Project LEAD produces positive results. An evaluation showed that students complete the program with a better appreciation for the law, the importance of education and the benefits of making the right life choices.
The goal of Project LEAD is simple: To teach children that the choices they make today can affect their lives forever.
Project LEAD encourages children to stay in school and out of trouble.