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Celebrating Youth Creativity

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First Place Winner, Art Category
Jade Dufas, 17 
Brooklyn, NY


For You(th), By You(th).

Advocating for a better today.

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What We Do

You(th) Matter is a youth-led advisory board representing youth voices in our communities. We aim to elevate youth voices and equip youth with a platform to promote reforms in community services for youth, policing, and youth-police relationships. We collaborate with Strategies For Youth, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing harmful interactions between youth and law enforcement. Our youth leaders meet bi-weekly to identify youth concerns and make recommendations to inform the policy reform agenda, law enforcement training, and youth programming efforts.

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Our Impact

Programs, Policy & Platform

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Policy Recommendations

Creating Better Communities

At You(th) Matter, we strive to bring about tangible change in our communities. Our youth leaders work with attorneys at Strategies for Youth to turn the recommendations of  members during our meetings into amendments to policy which affects state policing practices.

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Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow

You(th) Matter leaders meet once every two weeks to discuss topics which are impacting them in their own communities and in communities across the country. Information gathered  in meetings is used to modify programs such as the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy curriculum, Policing the Teen Brain and other SFY's programs.


Our Platform

Celebrating Youth Creativity

In the annual Youth Voices Contest we ask youth to submit creative pieces related to topical issues in the United States. Submissions and winning pieces are published on our website, and social media accounts.

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News & Updates

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Join Us

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We are currently recruiting young people aged 13-24 to join our board. Join us today!! Scan the QR code or click the link to sign up!


Connect With Us

Interested in getting involved with You(th) Matter and discovering more about our work? Contact us today and see what we have to offer!

Follow us on Twitter @youth_matter or Instagram @youthmattersfy

You(th) Matter

P.O. Box 390174
Cambridge, MA 02139


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