On April 24th, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange posted an article titled, “The Credible Messengers: Youth Organize to Save Our Streets.” The article described the work of Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) and Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) and included profiles of staff members Heather Day, David Gaskin, and Marlies Talay. The article also featured YO S.O.S. program participant, Cadell Smith:
One young anti-gun violence messenger is Cadell Smith, 16, one of Heather Day’s students. He joined in 2014 when two of his classmates recommended the program. He recalled an afternoon when he and his buddy were walking down the street in Crown Heights and saw someone run up to a young man and shoot him — point blank.
“It was just so shocking,” he said. “It was pretty scary.”
“He froze,” Smith said of his friend. “We both froze, actually.”
Twice a week, he works through his experiences with several dozen other teenagers and learns techniques to cope with what he witnessed. Some youth join the program to gain community service experience. Others might have an uncle in prison for a shooting, a cousin or close friend in a gang and they worry about that person’s safety.
To read the full article, visit http://jjie.org/the-credible-messengers-youth-organize-to-save-our-streets/108610/