In partnership with the San Francisco Police Department and the University of San Francisco International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership, the U.S. Attorney hosted a full day summit on juvenile justice issues. The event was attended by over 150 leaders in the Bay Area from law enforcement, education and service provider communities. Although the U.S. Attorney’s office does not prosecute juvenile offenders, as part of a comprehensive anti-violence strategy it is critical to address at risk youth and provide education, social services and other services in order to prevent and deter young people from joining gangs. A focus on youth helps staunch the flow of young people into the criminal justice system. The comprehensive agenda for the day provided an excellent opportunity for organizations to share best practices, to focus on truancy and the issues facing young people in our community. The NDCA has placed a special emphasis on directing Project Safe Neighborhoods grant funds toward organizations helping at risk youth in our community and most grants funds have been directed toward organizations addressing the needs of at risk youth and preventing their entry into the criminal justice system.