• SFY's 2014 Annual Report

    As SFY celebrates its 5th anniversary, we are pleased to issue our first Annual Report detailing our achievements in 2014. In the last 5 years we've grown, refined, and expanded our reach and services.

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  • In The Presence Of Children

    Strategies for Youth surveyed children whose parents/guardians were arrested in front of them. We asked them how this experience could have been less scary and terrifying. In response to their answers, SFY has created materials for law enforcement to use when arresting a parent in the presence of children. These resources were developed in consultation with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, police officers and, importantly, the children themselves.

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  • Juvenile Justice Training Report

    You’ve all been waiting patiently and now it’s finally here. If Not Now, When? A Survey of Juvenile Justice Training in America’s Police Academies is now available for download. Check out the fact sheet for some of our key findings, or read the full report to find out how officers are being trained in your state.

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  • Juvenile Justice Jeopardy

    Juvenile Justice JeopardyTM is a game created by Strategies for Youth. It’s aim is to teach teens the workings of the juvenile justice system, their rights and obligations, what happens in police/youth interactions and how to interact safely with law enforcement.

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  • Cambridge's Safety Net Approach

    After training all its officers in Policing the Teen Brain, the Cambridge Police Department in Massachusetts rethought how it would approach youth in its city. With a change in emphasis and deployment, the Department has reduced runaways by 80% and juvenile arrests by 65% in five years.

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Our Mission

Strategies for Youth is an policy and training organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions through community engagement, police training, outreach programs for youth, and proactive use of multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solve and build relationships between police and youth. Learn More»

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Policing The Teen Brain

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Teaching Teens

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In my entire 32 years of law enforcement, education, and experience, this course is without question one of the best I have ever taken. I had three opportunities this week to put into practice the things I learned last week during your class. I must tell you, I was very excited about the outcome of dealing with the three youths and each time I was very successful in reaching a positive outcome. No arrest had to be made and I was actually able to get the parents on board with a new outlook of their children.

One mother called me the next day and asked, 'What did you tell my daughter?' I asked her why? She replied. 'She is 13 years old and is like a new child today. Totally different this morning. Last night she was telling me she was going to kill me, hit me with a broom, and today she comes to me and tells me she is sorry, gave me a huge hug and told me she loves me. It's been a couple of years since my daughter told me she loved me and today, she is like the little girl I've been missing. Thank you, Officer, for helping us.' "

– Ohio Police Chief