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Strategies for Youth, Connecting Cops & Kids
  • Stephen A. Landsman, Esq., Chair
  • Peter Alvarez, Esq., Clerk
  • Kevin Bethel*
  • Alan Davis
  • Linda DeLauri*
  • Kyong Kim, Esq.*
  • Ian Lanoff, Esq.
  • Deborah Lashley*
  • Susan Lowe, Treasurer
  • Gary J. Simson, Esq.
  • Lisa H. Thurau, Esq.,
    Executive Director
  • * new Board Members


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

Dr. Lee P. Brown
Brown Consulting Group

Jeffrey A. Butts, Ph.D.
Director, Research & Eval. Ctr, John Jay College, CUNY

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
Dear Friends,
The fall of 2016 has gotten off to a busy start! SFY has been speaking at events around the country as well as training, training, training. We've pleased to add a distinguished new group of members to SFY’s Board of Directors. And please check out SFY’s new interactive map which shows where our programs are in use.
Following the “police blotter” approach, I’m sharing some of our recent news and accomplishments.

SFY’s Policing the Teen Brain Training
The Police Foundation highlighted Strategies for Youth in its publication to California’s police chiefs and sheriffs. The publication featured SFY’s mission (to increase police use of developmentally-appropriate, trauma-informed policies and practices for policing youth), SFY’s Policing the Teen Brain training and our positive impacts on departments in Massachusetts. Read the Police Foundation Article

David Walker and Sgt. Charmin Leon at IACP in San Diego.
David Walker, SFY’s Training Director, presented a workshop with Chief Calvin Williams and Sgt. Charmin Leon of the Cleveland Division of Police at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in San Diego. To an audience of police chiefs, David, Chief Williams and Sgt. Leon described SFY’s training program in Cleveland and its impacts on improving police/youth interactions. Sgt. Leon described the multiplier-effect of the training when Cleveland's FTO officers attended to "better understand these young officers coming on board." SFY has been working with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western University to develop policies to guide Cleveland's officers in their interactions with youth.
An interview with Lisa Thurau, SFY Executive Director was featured in Atlantic Monthly. Lisa spoke about the importance of improving police/youth interactions through rethinking law enforcement approaches and training. Read the interview here.

New Juvenile Justice Jeopardy Partnership in Kentucky

Steve O’Reilly, SFY’s Juvenile Justice Jeopardy Director worked with the Children’s Law Center of Kentucky to implement “street” and “school” versions of the JJJeopardy game statewide. In our first partnership of this type, SFY worked with Kim Tandy and Amanda Mullins Bear of the Children’s Law Center of Kentucky to recruit attorneys to bring the game to youth across the state.

​"​The Children's Law Center is thrilled to be working with Strategies for Youth in bringing JJJeopardy to Kentucky youth. JJJeopardy is now being played throughout Kentucky in schools, detention facilities, and community centers," said Amanda Mullins Bear. ​During t​he pilot games,​ we could see​ the kids were truly engaged and entertained while receiving invaluable education about their legal rights. JJJeopardy is a perfect forum for youth to discuss their views, while confronting incorrect assumptions they often have, about the justice system.​" Amanda Mullins Bear, Esq.​
November 2016 is JJJ month! We are setting off to implement Jeopardy games in Philadelphia, PA, Omaha, NE, and Great Falls, MT.

New SFY Board Members
SFY is pleased to add a distinguished group of new members to our Board of Directors. Since June, we have welcomed:
  • Kevin Bethel, former Assistant Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and nationally recognized reformer in reducing school-based arrests of youth;
  • Linda DeLauri, a nonprofit strategic consultant with extensive experience supporting the development and growth of nonprofits,
  • Kyong Kim, a senior associate at Holland & Knight in San Francisco, who is working with SFY to expand Jeopardy in San Francisco, and increase SFY’s profile in California;
  • Deborah Lashley, a former Brooklyn District Attorney who has worked extensively on juvenile justice issues, including efforts to increase diversion,
We invite you to read more about each of our new Board members online.
Finally, have you checked us out on Facebook? We have daily updates, lots of photos from our training events and don’t forget to “like” us!


Lisa H. Thurau,
Executive Director


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