Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

The SOS team would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
Thank you for your support and contributions to making Crown Heights a safer community for all. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

S.O.S. Position Available: Graphic Designer

We are currently seeking a graphic designer with marketing and branding experience to help S.O.S. Crown Heights create brochures, publicity materials, and public education materials that solidify our identity.
To apply, send a resume, cover letter, sample work and required compensation to Please write “graphic designer” in the subject line.
The deadline to apply is January 15, 2011.
 Click HERE for the link to the full job description.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The New York Times Covers S.O.S.

We're happy to have received great coverage from the New York Times this weekend. Please forward the link to the article about S.O.S. to those you think would be interested.

"Gunfire Will No Longer Be Met by Silence"
People gather near the site of a shooting in Crown Heights last month for rally against violence. Photo by Michael Appleton.

Derick Scott grabbed the large brass bell from a fold-out table and raised a bullhorn to his mouth.
“We’re going to ring this bell for every victim that has been shot in Crown Heights,” he said.
As Mr. Scott, 40, heaved the bell and bellowed into the bullhorn last month, a crowd of about two dozen people surrounding him chanted, “No more.” It took them nearly two minutes to complete the task. There had been 66 shootings in that Brooklyn neighborhood so far this year; a few days earlier, a 23-year-old man was hit by a bullet near Troy Avenue and St. John’s Place, a few feet from where Mr. Scott stood.
The bell-ringing last month was the most dramatic moment of the roughly 30-minute “shooting response,” as the event is called. Organized by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, the response is part of a new effort to fight gun violence in Crown Heights called Save our Streets, or S.O.S., that is modeled on CeaseFire, the antigun violence program developed at the University of Illinois in the 1990s. Click HERE to continue reading the story.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Urgent: Shooting Response TONIGHT for Three Shootings

Tragically, there was another shooting in the vicinity of Ralph and Pacific today. S.O.S. is going to be doing a shooting response tonight for the three shooting that occured this week in North Crown Heights.

The weather outside may be cold, but taking a stand against gun-violence in our community will ignite a fire to sustain us through the darkest and coldest of times. Together we can create a safe community for our children to grow up in, free from the fear of guns and bullets.

When: TONIGHT, Friday. 12/10/2010, 7:00 PM
Where: Ralph Avenue at the corner of Pacific

Monday, December 6, 2010

Job Available: Program Analyst/ Rikers Island Outreach Worker

Getting Out and Staying Out (GO&SO) is an innovative reentry program serving 18- to 24- year-old men who have been incarcerated on Rikers Island (the NYC jail complex) and will eventually be released into the five boroughs. Our program provides life-affirming mentoring, reentry planning and supportive counseling to participants while they are incarcerated on Rikers Island and in upstate prisons. Once they are released from jail, we continue services at our community-based office in East Harlem. In the office we take a three-pronged approach to reentry that focuses on education, job readiness and placement, and social services support that includes supportive counseling and referrals to offsite treatment programs.

The Program Analyst/ Rikers Island Outreach Worker will work directly with the President and CEO in the administration of the agency’s services on Rikers Island. In that role, s/he will be responsible for recruitment in the sentenced dorms of Rikers Island, one-on-one transition counseling, tracking the populations through various jails, and reporting all data concerning enrollment and progress with the program. This is an excellent opportunity for a recent college graduate looking for a challenging experience.

For a full description of responsibilities, qualifications, compensation and application instructions see