June 2018 Newsletter

Strategies For Youth turns 8 this month!

Strategies for Youth sprang to life in 2010, with a sense of urgency and conviction that our programs would change lives. On a scant $22,000 budget, in donated office space and with a volunteer staff, we held our first trainings in 2 states.

The intervening 8 years have brought many changes. We’ve outgrown two offices. Our staff includes 3 full-time, 5 part-time employees, as well as volunteers. Our budget, now closer to $850,000, has allowed us to extend our impact to 18 states!

Our sense of urgency and conviction has been strengthened by the results we see: lower youth arrest rates for minor offenses, reduced disproportionate minority contact, improved interactions with police, and more equitable results.

Join us in celebrating these remarkable achievements:

  • Trainings in 250 communities in 18 states;
  • Creating 3 versions of our Policing the Teen Brain training so law enforcement officers and educators better understand how to apply developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, equitable practices for policing youth;
  • Supporting law enforcement agencies with comprehensive policies and practices;
  • Building youths’ confidence and knowledge for navigating interactions with police and peers through over 180 versions of the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy games;
  • Offering Think About It First! cards in 10 states;
  • Publishing 4 major reports showing the need for national training and policies to guide police/youth interactions.

Oh, the places we could go!

The only thing constraining us is resources. Please help us celebrate our impacts with a gift today.


With much thanks and gratitude,

Lisa H. Thurau,
Executive Director