The Columbia Police Department initiated a program geared toward promoting mutual dialogue between law enforcement and local youth called Youth Ambassadors for Justice Student Roundtable. The opportunity allows high school students to directly discuss youth-related topics with members of the department’s command leadership staff. Invitation letters were distributed to City of Columbia high schools in collaboration with principals, guidance counselors, and teachers. As a result, students will develop leadership skills, learn about their community, fellow students, and CPD. In addition to improving CPD’s relationship with community youth, the roundtable seeks to bring awareness to youth crime ­related issues, and promote positive interaction with police. The topics of discussion include: personal safety, youth violence, relationship issues, substance abuse, legal issues, current events, and dangers of social media.