• 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.

  • 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.

    Be a champion of change. Read their stories and join them in supporting our mission.

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  • Where Is The State?

    In professions where adults are in regular contact with children–such as health care, education, and day care—the state is heavily involved in setting and enforcing clear standards. Given the magnitude and long-term impact of encounters between youth and law enforcement, why are law enforcement agencies and officers not subject to the same levels of accountability?

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  • SFY Endorsed In Congressional Testimony

    On February 16, 2017, Chief Patrick Flannelly, Lafayette IN, gave testimony in a hearing before the Congressional House Committee on Education and the Workforce. His talk, entitled Providing Vulnerable Youth the Hope of a Brighter Future through Juvenile Justice Reform, included a resounding endorsement of Strategies for Youth's programs.

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  • In The Presence Of Children

    Strategies for Youth surveyed children whose parents/guardians were arrested in front of them. We asked them how this experience could have been less scary and terrifying. In response to their answers, SFY has created materials for law enforcement to use when arresting a parent in the presence of children. These resources were developed in consultation with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, police officers and, importantly, the children themselves.

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  • Juvenile Justice Jeopardy

    Juvenile Justice JeopardyTM is a game created by Strategies for Youth. It’s aim is to teach teens the workings of the juvenile justice system, their rights and obligations, what happens in police/youth interactions and how to interact safely with law enforcement.

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  • How Trauma and Race Impact Youths' Interactions With Police

    Strategies for Youth interviewed Dr. Richard Dudley, an experienced forensic and clinical psychiatrist based in New York City. In the interview, Dr. Dudley explains how trauma and race impact youths' interactions with police.
    Read Dr. Dudley's Article

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  • Juvenile Justice Training Report

    You’ve all been waiting patiently and now it’s finally here. If Not Now, When? A Survey of Juvenile Justice Training in America’s Police Academies is now available for download. Check out the fact sheet for some of our key findings, or read the full report to find out how officers are being trained in your state.

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Our Mission

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. Learn More»

For Police

Policing The Teen Brain

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Teaching Teens

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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