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
And today I am excited to tell you about the many activities and programs we’ve been involved in since across the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa H. Thurau,
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