District Attorney Ryan Honors Local Middle School Students

For Immediate Release December 2, 2013
Contact: Press Office

WESTFORD– Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan honored more than 85 middle school students for their leadership, judgment, and positive decision making at the annual Middle School Peer Leadership Conference.

Hosted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Association (MIAA), the Middle School Peer Leadership Conference recognized students from nine local school districts who were chosen by their school as role model students who have committed to making good decisions, including a commitment to substance free living.  The event was held today at the Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford.

The students participating in today’s conference were from middle schools in the following school districts: Bedford, Dover-Sherborn, Groton-Dunstable, Littleton, Lowell, Reading, Somerville, Weston, and Wilmington.

“Our youth are under a tremendous amount of pressure whether it be to fit in with their peers or to be academically or athletically successful,” said District Attorney Ryan.  “It is refreshing to see these youth who have made good choices in their lives and are committed to healthy living.  This program is about supporting those who exhibit the confidence, maturity and strength to make positive decisions everyday and to help them continue to be a role model in their community.”

The program included a keynote address from District Attorney Ryan and a presentation of YOU LEAD by the MIAA.  YOU LEAD is a program to support, connect and develop resources for youth who have chosen a lifestyle free of alcohol, tobacco and drug use.  The program focuses on helping youth to make positive decisions and strengthen a culture that is substance free.

Next month, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, and the MIAA will host a similar program for high school students. 

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides prevention and intervention resources and training to Middlesex school districts and communities.  District Attorney Ryan is the chair of the MPY Board of Directors.

Through the efforts of MPY, educators, parents, and students can regularly engage in collaborative trainings with law enforcement, social services, and community-based organizations as well as share the latest information and resources. Such interactions provide the foundation for creating solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to addressing youth violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, hate crimes, and harassment across Middlesex County.

Middlesex County is the largest county in Massachusetts and one of the largest counties in the country with 54 towns and cities and 26 colleges in urban, suburban, and rural areas, comprising over one quarter of the population of Massachusetts.  The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has offices throughout the county, including in Ayer, Cambridge, Concord, Framingham, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Newton, Somerville, Waltham and Woburn

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