Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kingston Avenue Festival 2014

This year's Kingston Avenue Festival, on Saturday, May 17th, brought over 500 people from the community of all ages together for a sunny day on two blocks of Kingston Avenue. The streets between Bergen Street and Pacific Street were lined with over 35 tables of activities and community resources.

Young people and audience members had a great time with a donut eating contest.

Performers spread the S.O.S. anti-violence message.

Children made shirts,


 learned to play guitar and drums,

played, soccer, volleyball, and basketball,

and so much more.

Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets ran facepainting and a quiz about their work where people could win T-shirts. Throughout the afternoon, festival-goers decorated a communal anti-violence mural. Local DJs Ahmad Julian, Dj Ushka, Dj Beto, and Dj Ripley from iBomba and the Dutty Artz collective provided music to the block. Over 70 volunteers from high school students to adults helped out during the day.

Arts to End Violence Gallery Opening

On Thursday, May 22nd, the Ron Taylor gallery on St. Johns Place opened its doors for an evening to celebrate community, creativity, and the message of anti-violence. Over 50 works of art by youth and professional artists were submitted to the annual Arts to End Violence contest and displayed at the gallery.

In addition to the gallery, Greater Restoration Baptist Church, next door, was open, and Pastor Kenneth Bogan of the church performed songs outside with his jazz band. 

Program Coordinator for YO S.O.S. Ruby-Beth Buitekant spoke about the work of S.O.S. and the importance of having the community at an event like this. A young performer from the organization Girl Be Heard performed a song that she wrote about how gun violence has affected her life.


The gallery remains open for the community to view on May 28th - May 30th, from 2 pm to 6 pm, and from June 2nd - June 4th, from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Community Youth Symposium this Saturday!

The S.O.S. Clergy Action Network will hold a Community Youth Symposium on issues such as self image, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship. The symposium will also include sessions for adults and clergy. The event will be held on Saturday, May 31st, at 760 Prospect Place. Call 718-467-3264 or 347-633-1651 to register or for more information.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

S.O.S. Shouts Out Urban Neighborhood Services for Leadership in Organizing against Gun Violence in Coney Island

Mathylde Frontus, Executive Director of UNS (at the podium) flanked by Assembly Member Brook-Krasny  and Senator Savino.

S.O.S. was on hand on Thursday, May 15th, to welcome State Senator Diane Savino and Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny when they visited Urban Neighborhood Services to announce a joint grant of $250,000 from the New York State Legislature to the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative, a coalition of stakeholders in the Coney Island community.

A shout out also to the men of Step Up who take to the streets of Coney Island to engage with the neighborhood’s young men, encouraging them to stop the violence and offering to help them find alternatives to street life and gang life.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

S.O.S. Crab Fest

On Friday evening, S.O.S. held "Crab Fest," an event in Brower Park aimed at spreading the anti-violence message to influential members of the community. Roughly 20 people from the neighborhood took part - including a family from the area. The S.O.S. message to them was "use your influence to keep things calm in the neighborhood this summer."

Monday, May 5, 2014

Increase the Peace Youth Symposium

Join the S.O.S. Clergy Action Network on Saturday, May 31st, for a youth symposium. The day will include programs for both youth and adults.