In a medium bowl mix strawberries and 1 T. sugar. Set aside.
Place graham crackers in a food processor and blend until they are crumbs. I used Honey Maid Fresh Stacks - 3 packages.
Dump crumbs into another bowl. Add 1/4 c. sugar and mix. Add butter and stir until well combined.
In the bowl of a standing mixer place cream cheese, 1/2 c. sugar and vanilla. Whip for 2 minutes. Add Cool Whip just until combined.
In the bottom of 8 parfait dishes or mason jars, place 2 heaping tablespoons of graham cracker mix. Press until firm.
Add cream cheese mixture as the second layer.
Top with strawberries, dividing evenly between 8 servings.
Add a bit of whipped topping to the top right before serving. Garnish with fresh mint.
Can be refrigerated several hours before serving.