Allen James: S.O.S. Program ManagerSOS tries to change the culture of Crown Heights from one marked by destructive senseless street violence to one of community pride, peace and security. I have worked for many years helping individuals and communities to dream the changes they wanted to make and to make the changes they dreamed. I expect that we are going to do that here too. The people of Crown Heights are certainly strong enough, smart enough and determined enough to create the neighborhood they dream of. I feel privileged just to have a chance to help.
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/Assistant to the Program Manager
I am not just an outreach supervisor for S.O.S. I would love to believe that I am the change that I wish to see in Crown Heights. I was once a product of the disease of violence. Now I am an advocate of non-violence with love, honor, and respect as my shield.
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.
Kenneth Edwards: Hospital Responder
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Leon Kelly, Aaron Jones, Rudy Suggs: Violence Interrupters
Kenneth Edwards (right): Hospital Responder