Many adults assume youth know what is legal and illegal - that assumption is often incorrect. Many youth assume they know what their rights are and how to assert them with the police - that assumption is also incorrect. These incorrect premises often lead to the unnecessary escalation of interactions with police. These interactions have potentially devastating consequences for youth - taking them out of school, and putting them into the juvenile justice system.
Strategies for Youth seeks to empower youth in these interactions by teaching them the workings of the juvenile justice system, their rights and obligations, and how to interact with officers safely in order to avoid confrontations - all by playing Juvenile Justice Jeopardy (JJJ).
The game takes 90 minutes to play and is aimed at being realistic: that is, it focuses on what really happens in police/youth interactions. Derived from the television jeopardy game, JJJ offers teens an opportunity to explore what they think they know about the juvenile justice system, how they can avoid entering it, and, if they've already been in trouble, how they can move forward in a positive way.
The game is played at schools, detention centers, after-school programs, anywhere that youth can be found. It is adjusted to state laws, and has been very successful to date. Most youth report that more than 75% of the information provided by the game was new to them.