Youth Educating Police
Youth Educating Police (YEP) is a youth-run organization reducing animosity and systemic disconnect between law enforcement and young people. YEP empowers youth voices in developing community-based solutions that incorporate dialogue, training, and policy to facilitate change in police behavior.
In the fall of 2017, YEP was founded in conversation with a growing movement of national police reform but in direct response to the failing relationships between young people and police officers. YEP works to combat a system in which young people are treated more aggressively and less constructively by police officers; 3.1% of police interactions police are with young people aged 16-19 but 30.1% of use-of-force incidents involve the same age group.
YEP's programming seeks to uplift youth voice and create opportunities for youth to engage with systems of power. Our energy is spent on system change specific to every community in which we work. In addition to our founding training programs, we hold forums to hold police accountable to community concerns, influence key policies and legislative initiatives and provide resources and assistance to other young people in their fight racial justice. We are actively working to institutionalize our platform in Portland and across the country and are fully managed by young people in High School and College.
In just three years, YEP has held 4 police forum events, created a first-of-its-kind training for all 1000 officers of the Portland Police Bureau, co-sponsored policy recommendations at the city and county level and built a diverse team in Portland and beyond. And we are just getting started.