Stephen A. Landsman, Esq.
Peter Alvarez, Esq.
Montel Bratcher, M.D.
Arthur Guray, Esq.
Shannon L. Kennedy, Esq.
Gary J. Simson, Esq.
Lisa H. Thurau, Esq.
The Hon. William Delahunt, Chair
Fr. US Rep (D-MA)
The Delahunt Group
James Austin, PhD
Children's Law Center
Dr. Lee P. Brown
Brown Consulting Group
Jeffrey A. Butts, Ph.D.
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
May 13, 2015
Dear Friends of Strategies For Youth:
Please join us in celebrating
our 5th Anniversary!
Since our founding in May 2005, Strategies for Youth has been continually improving and expanding our programs, thanks to the generous support of numerous foundations and individual donors. We thank you.
Today we are working in 11 states—invited by cities and communities to train law enforcement how to effectively approach youth and to give youth the information they need to properly handle contacts with police. In the next three months, we will be conducting Policing the Teen Brain
trainings and Juvenile Justice Jeopardy
games in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Fresno, Charlottesville, Virginia Beach, New York City, Miami, Boston, Indianapolis and counties throughout Indiana.
Over the past five years we have increasingly overcome resistance to our training ideas and are now more sought after than ever. We have become welcome allies in addressing interactions between officers and youth by offering law enforcement officers alternatives for how to approach youth in policing situations. Our Annual Report
detailing our work in 2014 is now available.
OUR MISSION To improve police/youth interactions and reduce disproportionate minority contact.
OUR STRATEGIES 1) Equip law enforcement officers with the Policing the Teen Brain training on age-appropriate approaches for effective interactions with youth and 2) Teach youth how to navigate interactions with peers and police through the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy game.
Now more than ever, SFY’s strategies are needed.
Recent events demonstrate how police/youth issues demand appropriate officer training, informed oversight, and new approaches to positive youth engagement.
Now more than ever,
law enforcement agencies are recognizing that communities are holding law enforcement to higher standards for police/youth interactions.
Now more than ever,
state judiciary and U.S. Supreme Court decisions direct law enforcement officers to adopt developmental approaches when interacting with youth and protecting their due process rights.
Now more than ever, SFY needs you
to support our work and help us meet this incredible need. Together, we can seize this historic moment to make real democratic change for America's youth. Please celebrate SFY’s Anniversary with a gift. Donate Now.
Very truly yours,
Lisa H. Thurau,
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