On September 26, 2016, join City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Eric Cumberbatch of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and GOSO for the community launch of the Stand Against Violence East Harlem (S.A.V.E) Cure Violence Site.
Learn about S.A.V.E. “violence interrupters,” formerly high-risk youth who intervene in the East Harlem community to mediate conflicts, deter gun violence and to inspire other high-risk young people to take pride in their future and make positive changes, and S.A.V.E. outreach workers, including parents of young people lost to gun violence, who engage high-risk youth to raise awareness about the S.A.V.E. program and ways to get help.
S.A.V.E steers high-risk young people to its partners for job-readiness, educational/vocational and mental health services in order to reduce gun violence and the chance of incarceration in East Harlem.
The press conference will be followed by music, snacks and an open house during which members of the community will be able to explore the resources S.A.V.E Cure Violence provides.
WHO: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, President of GOSO Mark L. Goldsmith and S.A.V.E Cure Violence Director Chris Foye
WHEN: TODAY, Monday, September 26, 2016, from 11:30 AM-3:00 PM.
WHERE: 91 E 116th Street (between Madison & Park Avenue)
Stand Against Violence East Harlem (S.A.V.E.) utilizes the Cure Violence approach towards empowering high risk youth ages 16-24 to make positive changes. Cure Violence is an evidence-based public health approach to violence prevention that works with communities that have high levels of gun violence. The strategy leverages the experiences of members of the community to do outreach, including people who have been directly affected by gun violence and “violence interrupters,” young people who have formerly engaged in high risk activities who act as credible messengers of an anti-violence message in order to prevent and reduce youth violence. S.A.V.E’s aim is to mobilize communities to change the mindset of high risk youth, link them to supportive services and ultimately reduce shootings in East Harlem.