Last Friday, November 14, S.O.S. Outreach Workers from our sites in Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, South Bronx and Morrisania came together to talk about how they are able to prevent gun violence in our neighborhoods. The panel took place at the Center for Court Innovation in midtown Manhattan with about 65 people in attendance. S.O.S. staff also spoke about how the Cure Violence model began in Chicago, and how the Chicago model led to the beginning of S.O.S. in 2009 in New York City.

Barry Wiles, an Outreach Worker from S.O.S. Bed-Stuy, spoke about the message he tries to send young people every day, saying, “Conflict don’t always have to end in physical violence … you could walk away from that.”