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Stephen A. Landsman, Esq.

Peter Alvarez, Esq.

Montel Bratcher, M.D.

Arthur Guray, Esq.

Frank Hall

Shannon L. Kennedy, Esq. 

Susan Lowe

Marion Mattingly

Gary J. Simson, Esq.

Lisa H. Thurau, Esq.  
Executive Director


Kim Brooks
Executive Director & Founder Children's Law Center, Inc.

Dr. Lee P. Brown
Brown Consulting Group

Jeffrey A. Butts, Ph.D.
Director, Research & Eval. Center
John Jay College
City University of New York 

Richard Gardell, CEO
180 Degrees, Inc. 
Jaunae Hanger, Esq. 
Waples & Hanger

Judge Paul Lawrence
Gofftown, New Hampshire District Court

Chief William Pittman
Nantucket Police Department

Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer
University of Chicago

Judge Steven C. Teske
Clayton County Juvenile Court
     March 19, 2015

CORRECTION: The webinar conducted on Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) for the California Social Work Education Center was supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Yes, dear friends and supporters, Strategies for Youth has survived Boston’s own version of “Frozen.” For those of you who do not live here, all of the photos you’ve seen are true. We walk and drive through snow caverns, abandoned by a public transportation system that may return to normal by the end of May.
Busy January
Despite the weather, SFY has been remarkably busy. In January we returned to the Fresno, CA, Police Department to conduct Policing the Teen Brain trainings. With our newly appointed Director of Training, David Walker, we also conducted intensive Policing the Teen Brain programs in the Indiana counties of Delaware, Wayne and Henry working closely with JDAI coordinators there. David’s experience as a deputy sheriff brings strong credibility to his presentations to law enforcement officers.

SFY Appointed To National "Operations and Innovations Working Group"
SFY was selected to be a member of the "Operations and Innovations Working Group" of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder announced 6 pilot cities: Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Stockton, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Minneapolis; and Pittsburgh. Through the Office of Justice's Program Diagnostic Center, police departments and community groups can request training, peer mentoring, expert consultation and other types of assistance on implicit bias, procedural justice and racial reconciliation. SFY is one of the expert resources available. For more information visit
The Zellerbach Family Foundation funded Strategies for Youth to develop training materials to educate law enforcement, officers of the court, social workers and teachers on the challenges of working with commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). SFY recently conduct a webinar for the California Social Work Education Center. The training materials adapt SFY’s Juvenile Justice Jeopardy format to bring best practices for working with CSEC victims. A tool-kit with videos and a teacher’s guide accompany the question and answer material are now available on the CALSWEC site.

Thanks to the California Endowment and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the citizens of California will be better informed about how to ensure that juvenile records are sealed. “Seal It,” a website sponsored by the Zellerbach Foundation, teaches users the steps necessary to take advantage of this important procedure. The California Endowment has agreed to provide 100,000 SFY “Think About It First” cards to law enforcement agencies. Our cards also contain a link to the “Seal It” website.

SFY has been contracted to work with the Cleveland Metropolitan Police Department to bring Policing the Teen Brain, Juvenile Justice Jeopardy and In the Presence of Children to the city in June. Lisa and David will conduct an assessment next month.
SFY In The News
Check out Lisa’s important comments on School Resources Officers in US News & World Report. And, read the article, Helping Kids Cope, about In the Presence of Children by Farrell Fitch in American Police Beat.
Thanks for all you do to move the juvenile justice agenda. Our bleak, grim winter days would certainly be cheered by a nice donation from you. Needless to say our heating bills for January and February were astronomical.

Best regards,

Lisa H. Thurau,
Executive Director

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