Outreach with our Local Schools

The Youth & Police Initiative (YPI) is a prevention program for at-risk high school and middle school youth, designed to meet them where they are and help them prepare for their future. YPI curriculum involves an honest discussion about peer pressure and positive decision-making relating to school, gangs, and drugs. Police officers lead the YPI program, building trust and rapport with students through dialogue, role-play and sharing perspectives. As teens and officers share life experiences, goals and dreams, communication increases and stereotypes decrease. The genuine sharing experience promotes sustainable relationships between police and youth.

The YPI program's target population are teens who are referred by school counselors, school leadership, and resource officers. YPI sessions are held at local Spokane schools, including charter schools and New Tech Skill Center.

In addition to a formal YPI program, the Spokane Police Department's Community Outreach Unit conducts educational programs in our local schools to include drug and alcohol prevention and intervention, internet safety and family plans.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Here is one of the YPI graduates and her testimony about the difference the program made in her life: