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Five students from throughout Georgia participated in the inaugural Destination Dawgs Summer Leadership Institute, a summer program at the University of Georgia for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The summer leadership program, implemented by UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development helped those students learn what it’s like to be a college student.

Last night Athens Peer Court welcomed its 12th cohort of youth volunteers to the program. This group marked the 200th volunteer to complete Athens Peer Court training. In addition to developing leadership skills, participants from local middle and high schools learned how to interview clients, write and deliver opening and closing statements, and to identify aggravating and mitigating factors.

The students worked with University of Georgia law students to practice their interviews. An undergraduate student intern studying Criminal Justice also helped administer the training.

Athens, Ga.—In a time of heightened sensitivity between police and the public, the University of Georgia is launching a program to facilitate conversations between youth and law enforcement officers to address conflicts before they escalate into violence.

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