Urban Youth Violence Resistance Training

The Urban Youth Violence Resistance Training teaches a variety of lifelong skills to teens. These skills help teens develop a stronger sense of self, along with stronger feelings of personal and community responsibility. Seattle Police Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin facilitated anti-violence presentations on gang violence, drug prevention, peer pressure, self-esteem, leadership skills, tools for achieving academic success, and community pride.  Each day of the training began with each child presenting their homework to Detective Cookie for review.  Detective Cookie would also review each child’s weekly school progress report.  Seattle Police Foundation funding allowed for each teen to receive a stipend for successfully completing the training. In addition to the skills learned by participants, this training was an opportunity for relationships to be built among police and teens.

Teens gave back to the community by selecting a community project -- they coordinated a chess tournament at the local Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club. Foundation funding purchased tournament supplies, trophies for winners, and food for the tournament.

Twenty kids participated in the teen led Rainier Vista Chess Tournament. First through fifth place winners received trophies and all the kids received certificates of participation.  The chess tournament was a huge success, staff and kids requested the tournament become a recurring event!

Your support of Seattle Police Foundation provides clear, measureable results for making Seattle safer: Eight teenagers (3 males and 5 females) participated in the Urban Youth Violence Resistance 2015 Fall Training. Each teen participated in a range of strategies to assist them in avoiding violence and peer pressure.  At the beginning of the training, during open conversations, some of the teens stated they hated the police and would sometimes run from the police even though they hadn’t done anything wrong. At the end of the training, the same teens said they understand hating police is wrong, and that it’s important not to judge police by one person’s actions or behavior. Parents and teachers reported improvements in the teens’ overall school work and effort being put forth.

In the News


June 9, 2017

There are plenty of good moves, and positive ones, at Detective Cookie’s Urban Youth Chess Club. On Tuesday, more than 200 students from Seattle’s Van Asselt and South Shore elementary schools squared off for the 5-foot-tall tournament trophy. Read More

Photos from Detective Cookie's Gingerbread House Arts & Crafts Project

Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club, December 2016