Wednesday, September 24, 2014

YO S.O.S. is Now Accepting Applications!

Applications for YO S.O.S. 2014-15 are now available!

Click here for online application

YO S.O.S. offers bi-weekly after-school workshops which utilize dynamic popular education methods in order to help participants make positive life choices and become leaders in their communities. Workshops cover topics such as community organizing, conflict de-escalation & resolution, trauma and mental health, and healthy communication among others. In addition to core content, workshops are designed to develop transferable skills including research strategies, teamwork, and critical thinking.

Participants who successfully complete the program receive a stipend and are eligible for paid summer employment or internship positions.
Questions? Call (718) 773-6886 
or email

YO S.O.S. Alums Present in Harlem!

This summer, four YO S.O.S. alumnae shared their expertise with their peers in Harlem. They presented on trauma treatment and conflict escalation/deescalation to a summer camp sponsored by Urban Art Beat and Art Start. We are proud to see our amazing youth spreading their knowledge throughout New York City!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

In-School Organizing Presentations

On Wednesday, April 28th, the Youth Organizers presented on their in-school organizing projects at the Crown Heights Mediation Center. This special workshop was the first look at a big part of what YO S.O.S. has been working on since the beginning of this year. In attendance were Mediation Center staff, representatives from partner organizations, and other guests.

 For all of our Youth Organizers these projects were the first community organizing projects that they had designed and implemented all on their own. All of the projects were in accordance with the main issue of gun violence that YO S.O.S. is focused on and were meant to take place inside the schools of the Youth Organizers. They ranged from group presentations about gun violence as a social issue to their peers, to surveys distributed to the entire school of one Youth Organizer, to poster campaigns spreading a message of awareness and anti-gun violence within another school.

By the end of presentation the Youth Organizers left everyone at the Mediation Center (facilitators and general staff alike) proud to be a part of and supporting an organization doing such great work. As we enter the last days of this yea'rs Y.O.S.O.S. program we are now preparing for the Kingston Avenue Festival on May 17th and the Arts to End Violence Gallery show on May 22nd.  

Monday, May 5, 2014


We have great news to share: The Indiegogo Campaign for "Arts to End Violence - Support Youth in Ending Gun Violence" closed last Saturday with a total of $11,300 raised!

We are excited about these funds and the great programs they will support, but equally excited to know that 160 backers all believe in youth power and in the ability of transformative arts to end violence.

Last week Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets presented on the in-school organizing they've been doing to raise awareness of gun violence among their peers and teachers. This included student surveys, teacher interviews, poster campaigns, presentations to their classmates, and more. Here are a few photos from their presentation: 

Additionally, we are in touch with more than 30 organizations who will be tabling and leading activities at the Kingston Ave Festival on May 17th and are continuing to receive art submissions for the Arts to End Violence gallery show on May 22nd. We hope to see many of you at these exciting events!

Save Our Streets and Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets take a public health approach to ending gun violence. Together we can work towards a cure. We believe that EVERYONE has a role to play in ending gun violence. Thank you once again for joining the movement to build safer and healthier communities in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and beyond!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Catfish Fundraiser

Thursday evening over two hundred people gathered at Catfish, a bar and restaurant in Crown Heights, to raise money for Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets.
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 The YO S.O.S. supporters mingled and enjoyed their beverages all in the name of supporting young people in their efforts to raise awareness about gun violence and spread their anti-violence message. 

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Catfish graciously opened their doors and for hours the proceeds of drinks and New Orleans style Po Boy purchases went to support the Youth Organizers.  The vibe was lively and celebratory. Thank you to Catfish for being wonderful hosts and thanks so much to everyone that came to support YO S.O.S.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Selfies 4 Safety" Campaign: How to Participate

YO S.O.S. has created an interactive campaign against gun violence that was recently featured in DNAinfo.

There are now three reflective mirrors up in the community for people to take their photos. After you take a photo, you can upload it to Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook with the hashtag #selfies4safety. The mirrors all have positive statements next to them like 'I am a peacemaker," so that when you see your face, you also see that statement associated with it. 

You can also get involved from anywhere! Just follow the directions below.

To participate, take a photo of yourself and then add a caption on or under it, using one of the following phrases: 
  • I can make a change
  • I am powerful
  • I <3 Crown Heights
  • I want a safe neighborhood
  • I stand against gun violence
To share your photo, upload it to Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook with the hashtag, #selfies4safety. Thanks for participating!