Allen James: S.O.S. Program Manager (center)Allen James is Program Manager at Save Our Streets Crown Heights. He came to the Center for Court Innovation as an experienced trainer, project manager, and organizational leader. Before joining the staff at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center in 2011, he was executive director of Safe Streets Strong Communities in New Orleans, organizing for police and criminal justice reform. Prior to that, he was a project director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, overseeing their reentry initiative. He has served as executive director of YouthBASE, Inc., a youth development and health education provider and as a senior manager at the Fortune Society. In 2004 and 2005, he was a Charles H. Revson Fellow at Columbia University."
Lavon Walker: Outreach Worker Supervisor
My name is Lavon Walker. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I grew up in Crown Heights and also attended Paul Robeson High School in this same community. I am now an outreach worker for S.O.S. Crown Heights. My role as an outreach worker is somewhat similar to what I was doing previously on my own time. As an outreach worker I work very hard to reduce and eliminate gun violence in the community. I have an established relationship with the people in Crown Heights and because of that relationship I can mediate conflicts and provide alternatives to the individuals involved. I love what I do.
Derick Scott: Outreach Worker
Derick Latif Scott was the Senior Outreach Worker and Hospital responder at Crown Heights Community Mediation Center’s anti-violence project, Save Our Streets. Currently he serves as the Outreach Supervisor for S.O.S Bed Stuy. Born and raised in Brownsville Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Scott is no stranger to the justice system. During his youth, Scott came into conflict with the law, and eventually found himself serving time in prison. After his lengthy time Mr. Scott resolved to use his experiences and education to help eradicate gun violence.
Craig Alexander: Outreach Worker
I'm a 43 year old Brooklyn native born and raised. I was once a volatile youth, carrying guns and getting into serious issues with the law, as many youth do today. My last run in with the authorities ended with a lengthy sentence in federal prison. While incarcerated, my mother became terminally ill and one of her wishes in her last days was for me to straighten up my life and do something positive. I have always had the drive to teach the youth that there are alternatives to violence. S.O.S. has given me a plastform to give back to the community that I took so much away from, and to teach young people the advantages of a different mind set. My own son is now 20 years old and attends college.
David Grant: Outreach Worker (on right)
Leon Kelly: Violence Interrupter
Basaime Spate: Violence Interrupter