The Youth Development Training and Resource Center has been working with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and the CT Office of Policy and Management to support programs working to improve relationships between youth and police.
The Reaching for Respect Project is a statewide initiative that engages young people and police in reaching other youth with the goal of reducing conflicts between youth and police. The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management provided YDTRC with mini-grant funds to encourage teams of young people to work in partnership with local police or state troopers on projects to improve relationships between youth and police.
The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee’s Police and Youth Grant Program provides grants of up to $10,000 to increase or enhance opportunities for youth and police to work together to benefit their local community. YDTRC provides consultation to OPM and technical assistance to grantees across the state, provides resources as needed, sponsors an all-site “showcase” at the end of the project, and conducts and documents discussion groups on police-youth relations with both young people and with the actively engaged police officers.