Why I Donate to Strategies for Youth

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Strategies for Youth
P.O. Box 390174
Cambridge MA 02139


Jerrell Bratcher has worked with youth as both a community school’s coordinator and a charter school administrator.

Jerrell Bratcher

I donate to Strategies for Youth because Juvenile Justice Jeopardy gets through to kids.

SFY came to play Juvenile Justice Jeopardy at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center. Initially the youth at the center were openly hostile and resentful about playing, but with each question they got more and more engaged. This is the first time I’ve seen kids refuse to leave a detention center—they wanted more time to play Jeopardy. That amazed me. There is no truer response than youth who want to keep learning.

I’ve been a champion for Strategies for Youth since our first phone call. I called looking for a comprehensive program to help youth foster positive relationship with peers, teachers, and law enforcement. SFY does it all: training police…teaching youth…and reaching out to parents.

SFY’s approaches have been missing from the mix in Baltimore for decades. There were issues involving youth and law enforcement, way before the Freddie Gray incident in 2015. As adults, we can often see danger written all over a situation before kids can. But Baltimore lacked programs and resources to change the scope of youths’ actions and options—and those of police.

Now Baltimore has another strategy, a tool that is effective.

Rebecca Humphrey

I support Strategies for Youth because their training helps our officers to be more effective when dealing with youth.

In Tippecanoe County, we have used every single program Strategies for Youth has to offer.

I’m proud to report that we have trained nearly all our sheriff’s deputies and city patrol officers. The officers are enthusiastic about it. I hear officers encouraging other police officers to take this training. The most typical thing we read on their evaluations is, “I wish I would have had this training 25 years ago.”

But better, yet, for the first time ever, resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, and battery on law enforcement are no longer among the top 5 reasons kids get arrested in Tippecanoe County. Our juvenile arrests keep dropping, with significantly fewer felonies each year.

833 juvenile arrest in 2013
755 juvenile arrest in 2016
646 juvenile arrest in 2017 (as of 11/28/17)

The big difference has been Strategies for Youth’s programming.