On Thursday, January 31, a team from the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center visited Uncommon Charter High School to present Save Our Streets Crown Heights, Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets, and our third annual Arts to End Violence program.
Associate Director Marlon Peterson, Hospital Responder Kenneth Edwards, Outreach Worker Craig Alexander, YO S.O.S. Program Coordinator Ruby-Beth Buitekant, and YO S.O.S. Program Associate Pete Martin spoke to 250 students and teachers at the school’s weekly assembly, “Common Ground.” They spoke to the whole school about their respective jobs, the S.O.S. mission, and how students can get involved in the work that CHCMC and S.O.S. do. After they spoke for a little while, students began asking questions, and a lively Q&A session resulted. The S.O.S. team took questions about their work in the community, and students asked specifics about how they mediate conflicts and try to reduce violence. Afterward, the five CHCMC staff members spoke to a number of students and teachers directly about getting involved in Arts to End Violence in the spring and YO S.O.S. next year. A video of the whole event, taken by the school, is embedded below.
We were energized at the reaction we received from the school’s students and teachers, and we’re looking forward to partnering with Uncommon Charter High School on projects in the future. If you would like to connect with the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, you can reach us at 718.773.6886.
Neighbors in Action is a project of the Center for Court Innovation.