District Attorney's Youth Advisory Board (YAB)
San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis created the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in 2008 at Lincoln High School and expanded to Morse High School in 2010 as a way for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to increase awareness about youth issues in the local community. Currently, YAB membership is composed of Lincoln High School, Mira Mesa High School, and Scripps Ranch High School students and alums, who are now attending universities. The collaboration between the DA’s Office, City Schools, and our community partners is a win for us and a win for the community when we work together to help kids learn about public service and public safety. With adult support and guidance, students have produced impactful campaigns that have earned a two National Associational of County Achievement Awards, a regional Emmy Award and the inaugural Diversity Youth Leadership Award from the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission.
The power of these campaigns is that they are designed by youth, for youth. The diverse students who serve on our Youth Advisory Boards have developed a creative, effective message that we hope will resonate with their peers and be a positive force in our communities.
The mission of the Board is to educate the community about current issues affecting young people, spread awareness about the needs and challenges of youth, and create positive change throughout the community that leads to a reduction in crime.