Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Sept. 24, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Jon Hirsch -- Attending the Sept. 15 meeting of the Gonzales Rotary Club in Gonzales, from left, are Rotarian Tim Pujol; Marty Maley, assistant district attorney for the 18th Judicial District; and Rotary President Glenda Shaheen.

Marty Maley, an assistant district attorney with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, was the Rotary Club of Gonzales’ guest speaker at its Sept. 15 meeting. He spoke about the early intervention program he established as assistant district attorney.

Maley, a candidate for state Attorney General’s Office, said the program was conceived in the 16th Judicial District and has been adopted by 13 judicial districts in Louisiana in one form or another, a news release said.

The program “is an opportunity to mold children headed in the wrong direction before it’s too late. Children are looking for guidance, and in the absence of appropriate guidance, they will find it from people such as drug dealers or gang members,” Maley said.

The program works with the school systems to identify potentially troubled youths and assigns the children to a case worker who works with the child, his or her parents, teachers and others to create and implement a plan of action.