Project LEAD Graduates First Two Classes In The Municipality Of Loíza
Elementary School Jobos and Middle School Jesusa Vizcarrondo Graduate 20 Students
SAN JUAN, P.R (STL.News) In December of 2020, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico began a 20-week school curriculum with students from 5th and 8th grades to teach them about the criminal justice system and the importance of making good decisions. The curriculum included techniques to help students resolve conflicts and resist peer pressure. Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Zenón Matos was in charge of the Project.
Project LEAD (Legal Enrichment And Decision-making) was established in 1993 by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Its goal is to teach children that the choices they make today can affect their lives forever. Through an agreement between the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, the program was translated for the first time into the Spanish language. In addition, the USAO was allowed to tailor Project LEAD’s curriculum to focus on situations that youth in the District of Puerto Rico are likely to encounter.