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. Our founders came from opposites sides of the tracks but, together, they found a passion for standing up against injustices in their home community of Portland, Oregon. YEP works to combat a system in which young people, specifically black and brown young people, are treated more aggressively by police officers; YEP coalesced a group of young people and community allies in Portland to explore what builds connection between youth and police, and constructed a joint action plan to implement strategies. As we have grown our work has expanded to not just try to build coalition but, to further push policing towards alternative means of community intervention. We have seen our work grow extensively in Portland including the implementation of training, variety of community dialogues, and extensive policy influence. However, YEP has grown wings and expanded to new cities to bring our model of collective community intervention across the country. Join us today in our mission of Starting Conversation and Impacting Communities — Only together shall we overcome.
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.