Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Art To End The Violence


Please join us for the culminating event for the S.O.S. Multimedia Contest. The contest engaged talented youth and adult artists to create public service announcements, video and radio shorts, and posters for our public education campaign that convey the message that shooting and killing are not acceptable in Crown Heights.

At the event, winners of the contest will be announced and awarded their prizes. Additionally, S.O.S. will be awarded the coveted Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, one of the oldest and most storied civil rights organizations.

Light refreshments will be served and entertainment will feature DJ M Dot.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Trip to Washington D.C.


The whole group at the end of a full and great day!

YO S.O.S. traveled to Washington D.C. on Tuesday May 17, 2011 to speak to various congressmen and congresswomen about issues of violence affecting our communities. The trip was a great experience for all of us.  We got the opportunity to see the historic city of D.C. and the modernized contents that lie within its almost ancient buildings. For me, visiting Washington for this purpose was an educational experience because most of us had never been there before and most of us had never gone lobbying to talk about serious issues with congress.  The fun in visiting D.C. was probably being with such funny people.  We had a lot of laughs and jokes and a really good time.

-Amy Lothian, Youth Organizer  

Amy preparing to speak with Congress.

The trip was sponsored by our community partners AFSC and NYAGV.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

PSA In A Day!

YO S.O.S. traveled to Manhattan Neighborhood Network last Tuesday to film a "PSA in a Day."  The facilitators at MNN Youth Channel led a two hour workshop on what is a PSA (public service announcement) and how to make one of our own.  We got a tour of the studios and saw what a wonderful resource MNN is for young people in New York City.  If you are interested in media and are under 25 years old, MNN might be for you! Their website says, "The Youth Channel is... an alternative to mass media, providing equal access to all young people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or social status. The Youth Channel empowers young people to see themselves as participants of media and not just consumers by placing strong emphasis on media education, media production and youth media distribution. "

We had so much fun filming our PSAs and on our way home we got to pose for a picture in Columbus Circle.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Harlem Youth Court is Now Accepting Applications!

Are you interested in learning about the law?
Do you want to help other teens?
Do you like working with other teens?
Are you looking for a paid internship?
Then Harlem Youth Court is looking for YOU!

Being a Harlem Youth Court member is a very exciting experience. Members are trained in I penal code, development of sound arguments, precision questioning, and they learn how to carry out various roles of the court: jury member, jury foreperson, youth and community advocate, and judge.
What you will gain as a Youth Court Member….

  • Help other teens and give back to your community
  • Receive training in I penal code, sound arguments, and precision questioning
  • Participation can count as community service hours
  • Youth Court looks GREAT on college, scholarships, and job application
  • Learn how the judicial process work
  • Improve your public speaking skills
  • Learn how to carry out various roles of the court: jury member, jury foreperson, youth and community advocate, and judge.
Members earn stipends for serving on the youth court!

If you want to apply…
-You must be 14-18 years old by June 30, 2011. 
-If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent or guardian’s permission to join.
-You must be able to attend hearings every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 -7pm during the school year.

Click here for more information! 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Message From Our High School Intern - Elliot Juarez


My name is Elliot and I am a 17-year old intern from International High School of Prospect Heights. For the past few weeks, I have been spending my Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons working with YO S.O.S. at the Crown Heights Mediation Center. I have learned a lot about the program so far and am really happy to being working with them.
I think violence is a serious issue. YO S.O.S. is a program that brings young people together to help stop the shootings in the community. And along the way, the program helps students develop leadership skills that will guide their path to the professional world. As an intern, I am learning a lot of leadership skills that i will use for the benefit of my own in the future.
                I am from Sunset Park, Brooklyn – another neighborhood where a lot of violence happens. I believe that violence is not the best way to solve conflicts. I think more programs like YO S.O.S. should expand through the city. People in the community are willing to help to make a difference, but they need support.  YO S.O.S. creates an opportunity for people to spread the message of anti-violence and make an impact in their community. Together, we can make a change.