“I am a strong believer in my generation, Generation Z, as a positive engine for change in society. Because we are digital natives, we are the first generation with both the heightened awareness of key societal problems and the means to address them.”
Following a number of officer-involved shootings and the inappropriate use of force by police with young people, Britton founded Youth Educating Police (YEP), a non-profit that bridges the gap between teens and police. Britton and YEP created the PolicePeacePDX forum, which facilitates cooperation among police officers, teens, local activists and lawmakers to reduce tension and develop consensus around key policies. YEP has also created training modules for police officers to help deepen understanding and improve communication with younger members of society. YEP’s goal is to introduce aspects of its training module to all 1,000 Portland police officers by the end of this year. Britton is currently working on creating a digital version of the training modules to scale the program across the entire country. YEP’s forum is already available to students around the country.