BostonVoyager 10-16-17

Meet Lisa Thurau of Strategies For Youth in Cambridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Thurau.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started Strategies for Youth, after seeing how effective training police can be in reducing arrests for low level juvenile offenses. With a training I offered with an MGH psychiatrist, Dr. Jeff Bostic, to the MBTA Transit Police between 2004-2006, we lowed arrests over 84% and saw much better interactions between police and youth. SFY started in 2010. Today we are working in 18 states implementing four strategies:

1) We train officers in developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, equitable approaches to policing youth, 2) develop policies and practices for policing youth, 3) present customized versions of the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy game to teach youth how to navigate interactions with peers and police and be aware of the legal implications of their behavior, and 4) conduct original research and publish policy reports on ways to strengthen and equip officers with developmentally appropriate approaches to policing youth.

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