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Why I Give to SFY- Dena Enos

It’s been a long time since I have felt hopeful. When I first learned about Strategies for Youth and their mission to connect cops and kids in a meaningful way, I knew I had to get involved. For me, this work represents real progress that translates to safer children and better-prepared police officers. An SFY survey found that police officers spend just 1% of their training time in the academy — that’s just six hours — on youth-focused issues. That’s simply not enough.

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Youth Voices Contest Update

Youth Voices Contest Update

This year’s YOUTH VOICES contest asks young people to reflect on the role of policing and democracy—and we promise to make sure their answers and viewpoints are heard and seen.

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$2 Billion Later Update

$2 Billion Later Update

This fall, Dastherlie Dorlus — or “Dash” — a second year Northeastern Law School student, interned at Strategies for Youth. One of her projects was to update SFY’s October 2019 report, Two Billion Dollars Later: States Begin to Regulate School Resource Officers in the Nation’s Schools A Survey of State Laws

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Vermont Workshops

SFY Vermont Workshops

On October 14, Lisa Thurau, Executive Director of Strategies for Youth, was invited by Tricia Long, Director of Resilience Beyond Incarceration (RBI), to co-lead two four-hour workshops for law enforcement officers in two Vermont counties. The workshops promoted a trauma-informed approach to interacting with children who are present when a parent or caretaker is being arrested.

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Fall 2021 Newsletter

As we move through these last, precious days of sun and warmth, I wanted to briefly highlight some recent national attention that SFY has received in the media, and a new social media campaign we are launching to help law enforcement and other practitioners improve the quality of their interactions with youth.

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Just Saying…

Strategies for Youth has been working hard to keep the concerns, needs, and special protections owed to young people at the forefront of law enforcement reform initiatives.

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I am a child

Events involving law enforcement and youth in Rochester, New York, Kissimmee, Florida, and now from Aurora, Colorado illustrate the dangers to children when law enforcement agencies and officers do not use policies that restrict use of force with children and youth.

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A special “this year only” opportunity

Courtesy of the CARES Act, those who take the standard tax deduction can take a $300 deduction above their adjusted gross income (AGI). The $300 deduction is for donations made in cash, which includes currency, checks, credit or debit cards, and electronic funds transfers.Those who itemize their deductions can take a 100% deduction off of their AGI this year only. Normally, this deduction is phased out at 60%.

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Why SFY Matters

YOU(TH) MATTER is a new initiative of Strategies for Youth led by three youth leaders Laura Jenny, Isaac Annan, and Hannah Sussman.

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Voting For Reform In 2020

While the media continues to focus on the Presidential and Senate races, we wanted to share with you some initial impressions and findings from the recent election regarding police/community relations.

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Now Hear This!

SFY is addressing the necessity of training law enforcement using new approaches. In addition to some remote training, SFY has launched a podcast series. The podcasts will offer experts’ thoughts on the challenges facing law enforcement in the current policing context and offer strategies for working with young people who are also dealing with the stress of the global pandemic.

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JJJ Podcast

Strategies for Youth releases a podcast featuring discussions with JJJ game leaders who have brought they game to their communities.

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New Leadership for SFY Board of Directors

Summoning the will to withstand the inevitable pushback will continue to be our greatest challenge to real change. Experience has shown me that what is needed for real, enduring reform starts with the political will at all levels to insist on reforming law enforcement policies and practices in America.

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Celebrate Youth—Take Action to Protect Them!

We encourage you to read and sign on to SFY’s Agenda for Reforming Youth Policing Practices & Policies and our statement in support of it. Our positions derive from working with law enforcement, juvenile justice system stakeholders, and youth in 20 states over the past 10 years.

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