• How Trauma and Race Impact Youths' Interactions With Police

    Strategies for Youth interviewed Dr. Richard Dudley, an experienced forensic and clinical psychiatrist based in New York City. In the interview, Dr. Dudley explains how trauma and race impact youths' interactions with police.
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  • Our 2015 Annual Report

    2015 was a watershed year for Strategies For Youth. SFY has matured beyond its formative stages to become the nation’s leading authority, and most sought after source of solutions, regarding the highly publicized tensions between minority youth and law enforcement.

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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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Strategies for Youth has spent five years essentially going door to door to convince police officers they can dramatically lower the number of youth arrests, recidivism rates, and minor offenses that can lead young people to repeated encounters with the law. Read Full Article»

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Strategies for Youth is a 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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Protests, vigils and marches certainly bring us together and serve as rallying points for us to speak about the changes necessary in our community. However, they don’t always provide teachable tools for us to gain a better understanding about how to prevent and avoid situations that negatively impact in our community. Juvenile Justice Jeopardy provides the tools to assist our youth in learning about their rights, what to expect when interacting with police, and how to avoid certain behaviors that may impact their future.

Since we have implemented the game as a strategy in our schools, several youth have approached me in the weeks following; to say they were able to recall our discussion during interactions with other students, police, and school personnel and the outcomes were positive.

– Anthony McDonald, Porter County Juvenile Probation, JDAI/DMC Coordinator Porter County