Britt Masback ’20, center
[Youth Educating Police] programming seeks to uplift youth voice and create opportunities for youth to engage with systems of power. - From the YEP mission statement
For his work in founding and leading the organization Youth Educating Police (YEP), Britt Masback ’20 has been recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Britt was one of four youth volunteers in Oregon to receive a Distinguished Finalist Award in this program, presented in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. An independent judging panel selected the Distinguished Finalists based on personal initiative, effort, impact, and personal growth.
Britt is the founder and executive director of Youth Educating Police (YEP), a nonprofit designed to foster positive relationships between young people and police through education and open dialogue. Britt helped design a curriculum to train police about interacting with young people, hosts regular forums between the police and the community, and has helped students in other places develop similar initiatives.
Learn more about YEP. Watch an introductory video, and read about the organization’s mission, work, and opportunities to engage.
From the YEP website: Youth Educating Police (YEP) is a youth-led organization working to reduce confrontation and distrust between police and youth. Built from national research, youth focus groups, officer testimonials, and psychologist consultations, YEP has created a first-of-its-kind training that educates officers on the "youth mindset." These seminars are a mix of in-person dialogue, expert testimony and scenario-based learning, providing officers insight into youth experiences, stresses and viewpoints and offer tips for improved relations. Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw is implementing the YEP training program for all 1000 officers in 2020.