Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) is a community-based effort to end gun violence in our neighborhoods.
The S.O.S. Brooklyn staff prevent gun violence from occurring in two target areas within the neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant by mediating conflicts that may end in gun violence and acting as peer counselors to the people who are at risk of perpetrating or being victimized by violence. The S.O.S. teams work closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence, encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior. S.O.S. Brooklyn is a project of Neighbors in Action and the Center for Court Innovation. The Center for Court Innovation also operates two sister S.O.S. sites in the South Bronx.
The Save Our Streets staff is comprised of Program Managers, Outreach Workers, and Violence Interrupters. The outreach staff all have first-hand knowledge of street life and live in or near the program target area. Members of the program’s outreach team use their credibility, influence, and street relationships to detect brewing conflicts and de-escalate and mediate them before they erupt in violence.
Each Outreach Worker serves as a mentor and peer counselor to a caseload of up to 15 high-risk individuals, redirecting them toward positive attitude, behavior, and lifestyle changes. Violence Interrupters concentrate on detecting conflicts and working with the rest of the team to mediate and diffuse them. Other program components are Public Education, Community Mobilization and working with faith-based leaders.
S.O.S. Brooklyn is New York’s first and longest-standing Cure Violence site. To learn more about the Cure Violence model that originated in Chicago, click here.
S.O.S. Crown Heights
S.O.S. Crown Heights works closely with local organizations, neighborhood churches and pastors, community residents and the individuals most likely to commit a shooting in the Crown Heights catchment area. The S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area (area within which the program operates) is from Kingston Avenue to Utica Avenue, and from Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway.
Contact Information for S.O.S. Crown Heights:
Rahson Johnson, Associate Director of Community Safety
256 Kingston Avenue Brooklyn NY 11213
S.O.S. Bed-Stuy works closely with local organizations, neighborhood churches and pastors, community residents and the individuals most likely to commit a shooting in the Bed-Stuy catchment area. The Bed-Stuy catchment area (area within which the program operates) is from Kosciuszko Street to Madison Street and from Nostrand Avenue to Marcus Garvey Boulevard.
Contact Information for S.O.S. Bed-Stuy
Tiffany Murray, Program Manager
423 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11213