Juvenile Justice Jeopardy game engages youth while teaching them how to be safe around police

OUR MISSION

SFY is a national policy and training organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions and reducing ethnic and racial disparities by using developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, racially equitable practices, protocols and partnerships.

Catch & Stun Report

SFY released a groundbreaking report on the use of tasers on young people. Tasers are frequently used on youth who are unarmed, engaged in minor or no criminal activity, in distress or emotional crisis, and pose no public safety threat. The results can cause severe and permanent injury, and in some instances, death.

Police Lack Training For Working With Youth

Police Lack Training For Working With Youth

Policing kids is hard. There’s scientific reason for that: kids’ brains aren’t developed (and won’t be until they are in their mid-20s) so they act more impulsively, take risks, and often make bad decisions. But training for encounters with youth amounts to 1% or less of the total training officers receive.

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Only eight states include information about disportionate minority contact in their juvenile justice curriculum.

Rod Chatman, Investigator, Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office, GA, describes how Policing the Teen Brain training helped him look for the reasons for the behavior when interacting with a youth.

Real Consequences For Kids

Real Consequences For Kids

When contentious interactions occur between cops and kids, when there are racial disparities in policing, law enforcement’s relationship with the community is severely damaged and hard to heal, making police work more difficult.

Once involved with the juvenile justice system, a young person’s future is at stake: their risks skyrocket for dropping out of school, substance dependency, homelessness, early pregnancy, and criminal behavior as an adult.

The Solution

In communities where Strategies for Youth has worked, we’ve seen that developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, and racially equitable training for youth and and law enforcement officers and agencies can lead to up to a 84% decline in juvenile arrests.

Training For Youth

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Strategies For Youth provides trainings for youth to learn about the law, the behaviors and actions that put them at legal risk, and the consequences of engaging in risky behavior. We help build their confidence and set the groundwork for positive interactions with police.

Training For Law Enforcement

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Strategies For Youth advocates for law enforcement officers and agencies and we teach officers how the adolescent brain works, how young people feel and make decisions, how trauma affects kids’ behaviors, and how to deescalate encounters with youth.

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