April 2018 Newsletter

A Quiz and Our Spring Fundraiser


We Want to Hear From You!

Spring is in the air and we are thinking about new ways to improve. For years we have been telling you about Strategies for Youth.

Now we would like to hear from you.

Test your SFY knowledge by taking a short quiz. Survey Monkey assures us it won’t take any longer than 3 minutes of your time. The quiz answers will be provided at the end. Your feedback will help us focus our newsletter content in the future.

We looking forward to hearing from you and crafting e-newsletters that continue to answer your questions.


Help decrease the violent interactions between police officers and youth by supporting Strategies for Youth’s results-oriented community outreach programs.

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.

Our Signature Programs Include:

Law Enforcement Training — Policing the Teen Brain trainings provide officers customized, intensive training on developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, equitable approaches to interacting with youth.

Policy Review and Advocacy — On-site evaluation of department practices, policies, and procedures to improve best practices to conform with new laws and regulations, and encourages law enforcement leaders to engage in vision-casting and reform efforts.

Juvenile Justice Jeopardy Game — This fun interactive game teaches youth about the legal consequences of their actions, the damaging impact their choices can have on their future, and how to interact appropriately with law enforcement. Each game is customized to local jurisdictions and state law, and can be presented to youth in after school programs, detention centers, community centers, and schools.

SFY’s Dual Approach Has Proven Results

  • Reduction in juvenile arrests of up to 84% in schools and 65% in communities.
  • Reduction in escalated interactions between police officers and youth.

SFY Promotes Public Safety In Over 250 Communities

California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our donors. Help SFY continue its mission to improve police-youth interactions and promote public safety across the nation.

Strategies for Youth is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Your support allows us to: train officers, educated youths in after-school programs and detention centers, and engage with at-risk youth.

Strategies For Youth Is Unique

No other national organization exists solely for the purpose of improving police/youth interactions, advancing the cause of training public safety officers in the science of child and youth development and mental health, and supporting communities partnering to promote strong police/youth relationships. With your donation, SFY can continue its efforts across the country.

With much thanks and gratitude,

Lisa H. Thurau,
Executive Director


“Over and over, our trainers, partners, and donors, tell us about how Strategies for Youth has played a critical role in improving local interactions between youth and law enforcement. Some even describe it like a light bulb turning on.”
—Lisa Thurau, Executive Director