Mark Helm Champions YMCA Meetup to Improve Teen-Police Relations

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Mark B. Helm spearheaded a community-building meeting between Los Angeles urban teens and local law enforcement that was featured in the Daily Journal on Dec. 21, 2018.

Designed to build relationships and foster dialogue between the two groups, the event brought together more than 100 teens from inner-city YMCAs and officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Los Angeles School Police Department. Convened by the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 2018, the event was more than two years in the making.

Mr. Helm and Alan Hostrup, president and CEO of the Los Angeles YMCA, developed the idea after attending a YMCA national conference where the need for improved police/community relations was discussed. “We told [law enforcement officials] what we wanted to do and what we wanted to accomplish, which was really to try to create greater understanding and opening of communications between teenagers and law enforcement,” Mr. Hostrup told the Daily Journal.

Mr. Helm is board chair of the Los Angeles YMCA, which oversees 26 branches and three camps serving the greater Los Angeles area, and has been active with the organization for decades.