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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.
  • Ian Lanoff, Esq.
  • Susan Lowe, Treasurer
  • Marion Mattingly
  • James Petro, Esq.
  • 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
SFY’s Voice of Reason is Being Heard

In recent months, the nation has done much soul searching about the role of police in schools after an officer’s violent treatment of a student who did not comply with a command was documented in a cell phone video.
“After going through this training with the officers I can say with 100% confidence that Policing the Teen Brain is literally going to save lives in our county. You and your team are amazing people doing amazing work.”
—Juvenile Detention Coordinator, Indiana

The American people are rightly asking why so many police encounters with young people, particularly youth of color, escalate into violence so quickly. 

As the national conversation about American policing has intensified, Strategies for Youth has become a nationally recognized voice of reason, offering a course of action grounded in experience and research.  

SFY’s perspective on the importance of training law enforcement how to work with youth was reported in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, as well as CNN, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera. See our coverage on SFY’s Pressroom page.

This is SFY’s moment.
We need your support to keep the momentum. 

The need for change has been established—and SFY has provided law enforcement agencies with a road map for improving police/youth interactions in a manner that promotes positive youth development. We need your financial support and leadership to continue our momentum! 

That's Leadership In Action

This summer, before entering high school, Clemencia, Dania, and Asha of Baltimore worked on a service-learning project at The Park School to raise funds to support an organization seeking to change the world.
“So many things were going on, the riots in Baltimore, right in my own community. We even had to lock the doors in my school. Nobody could come in or go out,” said 14 year old Clemencia. “It brings you to reality and it shows you, this is life, this is what is actually happening and we need to take this seriously.”
The girls’ sense of fear and mistrust was replaced by the decision to take action. The girls found SFY on-line and began fundraising by selling chocolate bars in their school and churches. “People shouldn’t try to ignore the issues because the more you ignore it the bigger the problem gets,” Clemencia explained.
SFY is grateful for the girls work and support—a check in the amount of $143.12.
When asked what message she would give to supporters of SFY, Clemencia responded, “You should always try to help out any way you can even if it’s a dollar or $2,000. Anyway you can you should try and help, because this is reality, this is your life, and this is your community.”
Help Us Reach Our Goal

Our message is resonating, and our trainings work. Yet funding for our work is hard to come by. We need your support!
Our fundraising goal is $50,000—and every dollar helps us reach it. Please follow our progress at and do what you can to help us reach or exceed this goal.


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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your Strategies for Youth, at no cost to you. Simply visit AmazonSmile ( and designate Strategies for Youth as your charitable organization. For all eligible purchase you make at, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Strategies for Youth. It's an effortless way to support SFY throughout the year!

Thank you!

Lisa H. Thurau,
Executive Director
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