On Saturday March 19, over 300 community members joined S.O.S. at our annual “Stop Shooting, Start Living” Talent Show at P.S. 289. Talented performers of all ages graced the stage playing musical instruments, singing, rapping, dancing, stepping, modeling, and reciting spoken word poetry. Many performances celebrated the joy and energy in our communities, while others addressed the effects of gun violence and the importance of the work S.O.S. and others are doing to make change. The entire S.O.S. team also honored Derrick Scott for his years of amazing work with Save Our Streets.

Thank you to our wonderful partners and performers: Brownsville In, Violence Out, Drag, Fully Focused Dance CrewGangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes (GMACC), KIPP AMP Jazz Band, Man Up Inc., Rio, Robert David, Rock Safe Streets, Sade Williams, The Artist Known as Michael Jackson, Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), and our S.O.S. Brooklyn team!

Additionally we want to thank everyone whose support made this event possible: P.S. 289 George V. Brower, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Senator Jesse Hamilton, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Sills Family Foundation, New York Community Trust, RObert Wood Johnson FOundation, Cure Violence Chicago, NYC Department of HEalth and Mental Hygeine, Fully Focused Dance Crew, Tashma Davidson, News 12 Brooklyn, BRIC Arts Media, Coast 2 Coast Photography, 91 Pros Photography, Taylor-Made Productions, DJ Ralph McDaniels, Video Music Box, Lamont and ReConnect Brooklyn, The Fresh Air Fund, The Legal Aid Society, KIPP AMP Middle School, S.O.S. volunteers, and those who have raised and supported each of the young artists who performed.

For more details, check out News 12 coverage of the Talent Showcase or find more photos in our S.O.S. Talent Show Facebook album.