In March 2012, the S.O.S. outreach team completed its 100th mediation since the program began in 2010. S.O.S. Violence Interrupters and Outreach Workers walk the streets of Crown Heights nightly. They interact with young men and women, build relationships and mediate conflicts between groups and individuals in the program’s target area to prevent them from escalating into violence. Outreach workers also counsel and mentor a cohort of 50 at risk youth, helping them to find alternatives to street life and violence. The program’s 100 mediations represent 100 potential shootings that did not occur in Crown Heights over the past two years.

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