Crimes Against Humanity, Gang Violence, Mass Shootings
Brooklyn, New York
Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) is a community-based effort to end gun violence in our neighborhood. The Save Our Streets staff is comprised of full-time Program Managers and Outreach Workers and part-time Violence Interrupters. The outreach staff all have first-hand knowledge of street life and gang life and live in or near the program target area. Members of the program’s outreach team use their credibility, influence and street relationships to detect brewing conflicts and de-escalate and mediate them before they erupt in violence.Each Outreach Worker serves as a mentor and peer counselor to a caseload of 15 high-risk individuals, redirecting them toward positive attitude, behavior and lifestyle changes. Violence Interrupters concentrate on detecting conflicts and working with the rest of the team to mediate and diffuse them. Other program components are Public Education, Community Mobilization and working with faith-based leaders.