Poem written by YO S.O.S. Youth Organizers about violence as a disease. They see education and the S.O.S. workers as cures to the disease.  Pictured above: Youth Organizers with S.O.S. Outreach worker, Derrick Scott and S.O.S Violence Interrupter, Kenneth Edwards. 

Violence is a disease

that comes with no ease
It feeds on the soul
and unsettles me

It thrives on despair 
and spread fear in the air
an ominous cloud 
hanging on our shoulders

Violence is here for sure
but, like a disease, it can be cured
Taken one step at a time
we will reduce the crime

Violence interrupters are here to protect us
Soul, Body and Mind.