SFY was launched nine years ago with a single contract of $22,000 from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Transit Police. I’m not sure if, even in my wildest dreams, I expected us to grow to have a presence in 19 states with an annual budget of over $850,000! Much of the credit goes to our small, incredibly hard-working and talented staff who have turned multi-tasking into an art form.
Strategies for Youth is pleased to announce the names of the five young people who won prizes in its first annual Youth Voices Contest. In the fall of 2018, SFY invited youth to write an essay or poem or submit a piece of art answering the question: How would you improve police/youth interactions??
Strategies for Youth was thrilled to learn that 13 individuals—nine police officers, an intake supervisor, diversion specialist, and two mental health clinicians—were awarded Humanitarian Ribbons by the City of Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission for their work facilitating Policing the Teen Brain to law enforcement officers. SFY has been working closely with the Virginia Beach Police Department, under the exceptional leadership of Deputy Chief William Dean, since 2014. Chief Dean tells us that 100% of the department—or approximately 750 officers—have now received the training.
Strategies for Youth has been in the news lately with columns we have written printed in The Hill, USA Today and Youth Today. Our piece on how police training might have avoided the death of 15 year old Jordan Edwards in Dallas met with positive feedback; our article on research about the psychological impacts of police shootings of unarmed blacks drew criticism. Please check out the articles—and the kinds of responses they provoke—to understand the challenges to improving police/youth relations in the U.S.
Each year Strategies for Youth welcomes interns to work with us on special projects, observe our Jeopardy games and Policing the Teen Brain trainings, and conduct research for us on trends that are surfacing. This summer we were pleased to welcome interns from Northeastern Law School, Boston College, and Boston University.
Strategies for Youth sprang to life in 2010, with a sense of urgency and conviction that our programs would change lives. On a scant $22,000 budget, in donated office space and with a volunteer staff, we held our first trainings in 2 states. The intervening 8 years have brought many changes. We’ve outgrown two offices. Our staff includes 3 full-time, 5 part-time employees, as well as volunteers. Our budget, now closer to $850,000, has allowed us to extend our impact to 18 states!
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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.
This winter, while searching for a recipe that would resemble my grandfather’s almond cookies, I came across a recipe for the “amygdalota.” At SFY, we often speak of the amygdala during the Policing the Teen Brain trainings.