Youth Educating Police
Youth Educating Police (YEP) is a youth-led organization working to reduce confrontation and distrust between police and youth. Built from national research, youth focus groups, officer testimonials, and psychologist consultations, YEP has created a first-of-its-kind training that educates officers on the "youth mindset." These seminars are a mix of in-person dialogue, expert testimony and scenario-based learning providing officers insight into youth experiences, stresses and viewpoints and offer tips for improved relations. Portland Police Bureau Chief, Danielle Outlaw, is implementing the YEP training program for all 1000 officers in 2020.
YEP's programming seeks to uplift youth voice and create opportunities for youth to engage with systems of power. In addition to our training seminars, we hold yearly forums to increase empathy between the police and the community and we provide resources and assistance to other young people to host their own events and programs. Unlike other organizations, we have a clear insight to the teen perspective on police and other key stakeholder issues, and are actively working to institionalize these learnings in Portland and across the country. Please explore our website and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or partnership proposals.
YEP is staffed by it's two co-founders, additional youth directors, an Advisory Council ranging from community members to government officials and is well supported by a range of community, government and finance partners.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Co-Founder & Operations Director
12 Member Advisory Body
ANNUALLY IN THE UNITED STATES:
Of police interactions involve youth (16-18)
Of use-of-force Interactions involve youth (16-18).
Of use-of-force cases intiated by Police
1 According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BoJS) from 1998-2008
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