Jeffrey Lopes. Jeffrey Lopes is a Boston Police Officer assigned to the School Police Unit where he supports the Boston Public Schools, charter schools, private schools, and religious schools.
Lopes’ function within the School Police Unit is to interact positively with the youth population to ensure that the BPD is working effectively to understand the challenges faced by the young people in the City of Boston as well as being a resource to students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. Lopes' main objective is to keep the adolescent population out of the criminal justice system and enrolled in school, creating a successful pathway for these individuals.
Most recently, Lopes founded a youth leadership program called “We Belong: Empowering Youth Through Leadership,” where for-profit, non-profit and civic leaders, met with youth on a weekly basis to discuss topics such as community policing, civic engagement, race in society, goal planning, careers, education, dinner etiquette and individual branding.
In April of this year, Lopes brought fifteen young men to Washington D.C. providing them with opportunities to meet congressional staff and senate staff, and visit the U.S. Capitol, National Museum of African American History and Culture and other landmarks in the nation’s capital.
SPARK IMPACT AWARDS
SPARK Boston is Mayor Walsh’s millennial engagement initiative. Our mission is to engage the next generation of civic leaders and social entrepreneurs in the work of city government. From dedicated public servants to community builders and connectors, millennials are some of Boston’s most impactful citizens. Each year, the City of Boston celebrates the millennial contribution to our city with the Annual SPARK Impact Awards.