Network faithful - take a moment to watch "Talking it Through," a new video about police-youth relations created by the Center for Court Innovation Youth Justice Board, an after-school program that seeks to bring the voices of young people into public policy making in New York City.
In its report Looking Forward: Youth Perspectives on Reducing Crime in Brownsville and Beyond, the Youth Justice Board identified improving trust among teens and police as a crucial component to enhancing public safety in Brownsville and other high-crime New York City neighborhoods. The teenage participants in the program made "Talking it Through" to help stimulate thoughtful conversation about this important topic.
This is a great model of youth/police engagement worthy of replication. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Justice Board, contact Greg Berman, Director of the Center for Court Innovation.