• Youth Voices Contest Results

    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?

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  • For Parents

    The Strategies for Youth Parent's Checklist for SROs in Your Children's Schools is now available in both English and Spanish! It's designed to help parents understand the often confusing and ill-defined role of School Resource Officers (SROs), within their child's school.

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  • Breaking the Cycle of Youth Incarceration by Increasing Equitable and Appropriate Policing

    On March 1st Lisa Thurau participated in this Social Issue Talk, sponsored by the Social Innovation Forum. The talk focused on: (1) how exposure to trauma can push vulnerable young people into the justice system unnecessarily, and (2) how police can use our growing awareness of the behavioral effects of trauma on youth to create networks of support instead of punishment.

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  • Strategies for Youth Selected as a 2018 Social Innovator!

    We are pleased to announce that the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) has selected Strategies for Youth to participate in SIF's 2018 Social Innovator Accelerator. The Accelerator program is a 24-month capacity-building program that helps nonprofit organizations gain visibility, expand their networks, and accelerate their impact. SIF selected Strategies for Youth from a pool of 155 applicants based on its unique approach to addressing police/youth relations.

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  • Why I Give To SFY

    Strategies for Youth's programs make a profound impact on juvenile justice. Law enforcement and school officials who use our programs experience it everyday.

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Dear Officer A:

I'm not sure if you will remember, but my son, recently took the Jeopardy class.

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

I wanted to let you know that my son really enjoyed it. When he came home from the class, he told me and his father many of the facts he learned. He also mentioned it on occasion throughout the next few days. My son enjoys learning, although it is only limited to things he finds interesting or wants to learn about and currently that does not include anything from school. However, both my husband and I sensed he showed a real interest and (dare I say) a spark of passion after he returned from the Jeopardy class. Although he does tend to enjoy a good competition, I think he really scratched on a surface of something that piqued his interest—so kudos on the class.

As a junior in High School, the students are encouraged to map out their life careers at the wonderful, mature age of 16. My question to you is this: If I could arrange it with his school, could my son shadow you for a day to get an insight into a career in law enforcement, ask questions, etc.?

Thank you,

– Indiana Mom