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Strategies for Youth, Connecting Cops & Kids

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


The Hon. William Delahunt, Chair
Fr. US Rep (D-MA)
The Delahunt Group

James Austin, PhD

Kim Brooks
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,
Executive Director

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