October 3, 2018 Anissa R. Hicks

Meet the New Law Enforcement Exploring Youth Representatives

2018-2020 National Law Enforcement Exploring Youth Representatives

Earlier this year, during the 2018 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference at Purdue University, two new youth representatives were elected by their peers, National Youth Representative Avery Neuhart and Vice National Youth Representative Gisselle Lugo.  Both will be focused on opening communications and expanding the program’s social media reach among law enforcement Explorers.

 “My name is Avery Neuhart and I am an Explorer from the Customs and Border Protection Post 202 based in the National Capital Region. I have many goals I would like to accomplish while serving as your National Youth Representative.

I would like to create a communication forum to integrate communication among posts across the country and enhance program unity. This forum will be used to highlight what Posts are doing, seek advice, and learn from each other.  I will also strive to increase the recognition and availability of regional meetings to enhance visibility, opportunities, and increase attendance. I strive to increase the number of opportunities offered to Explorers at these meetings.

I will also continue past Youth Representatives’ work in increasing the availability and transparency of the International Association of Chiefs of Police training standards and increasing the social media presence and security of Law Enforcement Exploring. I will also strive to increase Explorer input and communication with Explorer leadership. I wish to increase the transparency and accessibility Explorers have to their National and Regional leadership. As your National Youth Representative, I aim to facilitate national surveys for all Posts to capture feedback and suggestions from all Posts.

Law Enforcement Exploring is truly a family like no other. I cannot express how grateful I am because this program has given me the opportunity to meet and work with Explorers and Advisors across the country and I look forward to continuing this journey.” Avery Neuhart, National Youth Representative

“My name is Gisselle Lugo, I’m currently a Deputy Inspector in Post 1490 from the Nassau County Police Department in Long Island, NY and I am your Vice National Youth Representative. Law Enforcement Exploring has become a great part of my life. Being a part of the Law Enforcement program has allowed me the opportunity to have gained leadership skills, new friendships, over 700 hours of community service and much more. When I joined the program, I was welcomed by everyone and the bond that I saw made me want to continue and create my own bond with the people around me. Explorers has given me the insight into the profession of law enforcement by teaching me real life scenarios and military drills. Learning these skills allowed me to place 1st nationally at the law enforcement conference. These experiences have strengthened my love for law enforcement and with that I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone and take positions I never thought would be imaginable.

As your Vice National Youth Representative, I have several goals I wish to achieve during the course of my term. One of those goals is to get the word out about what Law Enforcement Exploring is really about. Exploring is an excellent program to be a part of and I believe that if we spread the word, we could increase enrollment and encourage others to join. Often times, many young adults find it difficult to just fit in or simply become a part of an organization. Exploring would open the door to many opportunities to embark on new adventures not only locally but nationally as well. Social Media impacts our everyday lives, I would use it to our advantage to keep explorers updated and get feedback to help improve the program. This allows everyone to share their ideas and have their voice be heard. It is an honor to be your Vice National Youth Rep and I look forward to working with everyone during my term. Together as a team, we can all make the best out of the next two years.” Gisselle Lugo, National Youth Vice Representative

The National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee would like to congratulate Avery and Gisselle on their accomplishments and welcomes them to their new roles.

Discover Your Future

Law Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program open to young men and women who have completed the 6th grade through 20 years old, interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.  The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

Exploring offers even more programs for future professionals, in areas such as aviation, business, fire & EMS, and more. Head to Exploring.org to find a post near you.