To date, the work of partners has resulted in a number of “small” policy changes:
- The YWCA and many other community-based services have traditionally focused their efforts on young people up to age 14. Now, however, they have started to invest differently in their programs for 14- to 21-year olds, including creating jobs and leadership opportunities for young adults.
- Early in the STRYVE partnership, young people frequently received school suspensions because of inappropriate clothing. This was a problematic trend, because being taken out of the classroom or school is a risk factor for violence. Setting up a school-based clothing closet has helped to curb this problem. Students now have the alternative of simply changing their clothes instead of having to leave the classroom or school.
- In HDHHS, the directors formed an Office of Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention. This reflects how the STRYVE initiative and its partners are beginning to change existing infrastructure.
- Houston’s Police Department is increasingly implementing CPTED, an evidence-based environmental strategy for decreasing youth violence. CPTED is based on a theory that the physical environment can positively or negatively influence the occurrence of youth violence. More specifically, as part of a Corner Store Initiative, the Houston Police Department brought training about CPTED to owners and employees of convenience stores to increase the safety of those environments.
- More organizations have formed youth advisory councils since STRYVE started.