Youth/Police Dialogues bring together racially and ethnically diverse groups of local youth and police officers for interactive dialogue sessions conducted by professional facilitators. A lack of meaningful communication between youth and police is a serious public safety concern. We seek to improve these relationships by helping participants break down stereotypes and communication barriers and build mutual respect and understanding.
Who participates in the Youth/Police Dialogues?
Each Dialogue has 15-25 youth (ages 12-19), 4-6 police officers, and 2 professional facilitators. Youth and officers are recruited from the same neighborhood so they continue to have positive interactions outside the formal dialogue space. Facilitators are trained and receive ongoing coaching and feedback.
What is discussed?
The Dialogues cover stereotypes, community concerns, the "stop the snitching" culture, and how to work together. The topics and scenarios are carefully selected and honed to elicit the most honest and productive discussion about the most critical issues.
Where do they happen?
Youth/Police Dialogues are happening all over the city of Boston. We have a higher volume of dialogues happening in Roxbury and Dorchester. We partner with schools, community centers, churches, and any youth serving agencies to host a Dialogue.
When are they happening?
Youth/Police Dialogues are scheduled all year round, both during and after school.