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Strategies for Youth, Connecting Cops & Kids
  • Stephen A. Landsman, Esq., Chair
  • Peter Alvarez, Esq.
  • Montel Bratcher, M.D.
  • Alan Davis
  • Linda DeLauri, EdM
  • Frank Hall
  • Shannon L. Kennedy, Esq.
  • Kyong Kim, Esq.
  • Ian Lanoff, Esq.
  • Susan Lowe, Treasurer
  • 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. 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–

It’s a dangerous thing to say “spring has sprung” when you live in New England, since such a remark can trigger 6 inches of snow. But we are hopeful! The air is bristling with hopefulness and the excitement one feels at the end of a Massachusetts winter.
We are pleased to share with you our 2015 Annual Report which contains new infographics that describe the processes we use for developing our police training and Jeopardy games.
And today I am excited to tell you about the many activities and programs we’ve been involved in since across the U.S.

SFY Presents!

Since early January, SFY has been invited to speak around the country at events focusing on police/youth interactions. We’ve presented at:
  • The U.S. Department of Education conference Rethinking Discipline where we worked directly with schools district leaders from the southeast.
  • Indiana’s awesome Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) Summit where impacts of SFY’s Policing the Teen Brain and Juvenile Justice Jeopardy games were showcased.
  • The national Coalition for Juvenile Justice where SFY and the Cleveland Division of Police presented, "Turning Tragedy Into Opportunity: Reforming Police Interactions with Youth."
  • The Aspen Institute.
L to R: Deputy Chief Deon McCaulley; Prof. Gabriella Celeste; Lisa Thurau from SFY; and Mike Walker, Exec. Dir. of Partnership for a Safer Cleveland; at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice presentation.

SFY Provides New Officer Training

With support from the Sills Family Foundation, SFY created the In the Presence of Children training for officers to help them mitigate the trauma of arresting parents in the presence of children. The training teaches them how to use such incidents as an opportunity to connect with children and youth in distress. Since January, SFY trained 50 officers in the Cleveland Division of Police and nearly 80 officers in the Phoenix Police Department.

Police Department Commander Sean Connolly presenting Lisa Thurau from SFY with a certificate of Appreciation for providing the In the Presence of Children training in Phoenix.
The trainings connected officers to trauma-informed youth services organizations and in one case, demonstrated the absence of such services—and the extreme need for them in a severely impoverished police district. In the Presence of Children trainings trigger important conversations about the extent of officers’ sense of obligation to youth. Not all officers perceive connecting with youth to be part of their role, but for those who do, the training is a welcome support. One officer wrote:

First of all I want to apologize again for a couple of our employees who did not grasp the message in your training. I found it to be exhilarating. It also made me think of the way I was abused in my life. Even at my age, it has affected me. I heard your message loud and clear. We are the keepers of our youth. They can achieve great things in their life even with just a hug or just to show them that we care.”


SFY Goes West

With support from the Sherwood Foundation, SFY is now working on an assessment and preparing for a series of Policing the Teen Brain trainings with the Omaha Police Department. SFY has also developed Juvenile Justice Jeopardy games for the state of Montana.
Want to bring us to your state? Send us an email or give us a call: 617-714-3789.
Thank you!

Lisa H. Thurau,
Executive Director
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