SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden County District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board gathered with their mentors at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Thursday, to be honored for their efforts to make their communities a better and safer place.
The Youth Advisory Board is made up of high school-aged young adults from multiple Hampden County communities. They created several public service announcements on on unhealthy relationships, the inappropriate use of social media and teen stress.
They deal with some of the toughest community issues facing young people and they told 22News their youth gives them an advantage.
“Younger kids look up to the older kids, and adults are unsure about the modern age and what is going on with the kids,” Leahana Malone said. “So we get to advocate for fellow teens and let everyone else know this is how we are living and this is what it is like.”
School resource officers and principals were there along with Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni to hand the students their awards.