Do you have design skills and are looking for a way to make a difference? Submit a logo proposal for our new anti-violence initiative.  See details below, or download the full document by clicking here.

 Design Request for Proposals
Save Our Streets Crown Heights
(S.O.S. Crown Heights)
Stop Shooting. Start Living.

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is asking artists to assist us in the creation of a unique logo that represents our newest anti-violence initiative, Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S. Crown Heights). Use of the logo will be widespread; it will appear on program materials such as stationery, brochures, hats, jackets, t-shirts, signs and posters that are part of public education campaigns. The logo will also appear on billboards, videos, and the Internet. Additional requests for design submissions are forthcoming in an effort to create a public education campaign emphasizing the strong message that shooting and killing are not acceptable in Crown Heights.

S.O.S. Crown Heights is a community effort to end gun violence in our neighborhood. The program staff, hired due to their street credibility and the positive transformation they have made in their own lives, work with individuals who are the most likely to get shot or shoot other people. S.O.S. Crown Heights staff members provide immediate intervention whenever a shooting occurs in the neighborhood by reaching out to the victim, friends, and family and working to ensure that a retaliatory shooting does not take place. S.O.S. Crown Heights also works closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence. Poster campaigns and billboards will be widely promoted with the basic message, “Stop Shooting People.” The goal is to end the spread of violence by encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior in our community.


  • The ideal design will appeal to a broad group of Crown Heights residents including individuals affiliated with gangs, faith-based leaders, seniors, and young people. 
  • Lettering should be clear and legible.
  • If you choose to use colors, they can be black and orange or black, white, and orange.
  • The logo needs to be clear in black and white as well as in color since many times we will not have access to a color printer.
  • The design should look good on both extra large t-shirt sizes and on small caps.
  • We are unable to use symbols that are associated with local gangs.
  • Do not use the image of a gun.
  • Please incorporate our slogan, “Stop Shooting. Start Living.” into your overall design. 


  • Designs will be reviewed by community members with final decisions being made by the S.O.S. leadership team in conjunction with our parent organization, Center for Court Innovation.
  • Written or verbal feedback will be given to the artist after each review process.
  • The critique team may request up to three reviews.
  • We will accept up to five proposals from each artist.

Please submit designs as soon as you can so we can provide you with directional feedback.

  • Deadline for first round of proposals: March 30, 2010
  • Deadline for the final product: April 30, 2010

Additional Information:
Submission of your design means that you are giving S.O.S. Crown Heights the right to own and reproduce your image for no charge. Submission of your design means that the work is entirely your own work.

We are so appreciative of the time and effort you have put into the creation of our logo. This work is critically important to our community. S.O.S. Crown Heights will provide the winner with an award at a public ceremony and acknowledgment of you and your work on the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center blog and a soon to be created blog specifically created for the S.O.S. Crown Heights program. This program is part of a national effort to reduce gun violence and will receive widespread public attention. The winner(s) will also be considered for future paid engagements.

Why submit?

  • This is an important program that will save lives.
  • This program is a replication of a program in Chicago that has been scientifically proven to reduce shootings and killings by 40-70%.
  • Your design will soon be all over Crown Heights and will be a symbol of hope and positive change for our community.

For more information:
Contact Amy Ellenbogen, Project Director, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, 718-773-6886. Please email your design proposals to

To learn more about this public health program to reduce gun violence, go to