Youth and Police Initiative Plus (YPIP) Program

Project Purpose/Goal:

The National Police Foundation has partnered with the North American Family Institute (NAFI), the Somali Community and Cultural Association (SCCA), and the Boston Police Department (BPD) to implement the Youth and Police Initiative Plus (YPIP) program, with a goal to build and foster community resilience among Somali immigrant families in the Boston metropolitan area.

Program objectives are to:

  1. Expand and bolster community-led activities in Boston.
  2. Build trust between the Somali community and the Boston Police Department.
  3. Build resilience in the Boston Somali community, particularly among youth.

Approach, Results, and Implications:

YPIP builds upon an established program to incorporate research-based prevention strategies, specific to Somali youth, focused on building community resilience to violent extremism. This project works with 120 youth and their families, over a two-year period, in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

YPIP focuses on building protective factors to counter risks of Somali youth participating in risky behaviors. YPIP includes Interactive Training Sessions between Somali youth and BPD officers; Parent Engagement and Education; Community Linkages; and Police Information Sharing.

Funding & Collaboration:

YPIP is funded through the Department of Homeland Security. With this funding support, the National Police Foundation, NAFI, and BPD can provide programming that helps build community resilience and strengthens police-community relations.

Point of Contact:

Frank Straub, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Studies
National Police Foundation


Youth, community relations, community, Boston