The IPA’s Teen Leadership Council (TLC) was created in March 2011 by the Independent Police Auditor, Judge LaDoris Cordell (Ret.). The TLC provides San Jose youth with an increased awareness of IPA services; an understanding of city government and local law enforcement; information about the laws that impact young people; the opportunity to advise IPA staff about conducting effective outreach to youth; and the opportunity to actively participate in IPA outreach activities.
Recent membership recruitment efforts produced 35 applications from 23 different high schools. A total of 15 new members were selected to join the group, all of whom live and/or attend school in San Jose. Judge Cordell and IPA Senior Analyst Diane Doolan-Diaz meet with the group each month to hear guest speakers, including Mayor Chuck Reed, SJPD Chief Larry Esquivel, and a number of local leaders and elected officials. They also work on TLC projects. Annually, the youth participate in a retreat at a local hotel, a trip to Sacramento to meet their elected officials, and various community activities such as National Night Out. TLC activities are funded through generous grants from the Castellano Family Foundation, Inc., and the Comerica Foundation, Inc.
Since the inception of the group, the IPA and staff have proof-read numerous college essays, coached TLC members on college interviewing, provided references for part-time jobs, written letters of recommendation, and connected TLC members with support staff at local colleges and universities.
TLC Alumni have gone on to attend a wide range of colleges and universities, including the University of California Berkeley, Santa Clara University and De Anza Community College, etc. TLC Alumni often remain in contact with the IPA office, contributing their time to IPA outreach and attending TLC meetings during summers and other school breaks.