Youth Shelter Invites Public to Meet and Greet with Police Officers

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Street Outreach Program at Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter invites the public to a collaborative event between the youth shelter, the Men of Liberty City Inc., and Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) for the first annual Roll Call event taking place from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 1 at Liberty City Community Center, 1401 Mills B Ln Blvd.

Roll Call is designed to give citizens the opportunity to build and improve the relationship the community has with the Police Department. There is no cost to attend. Music and refreshments will be provided.

“Over the past few months the media has been circulating videos and photos of incidents involving youth and young adults being victimized by authorities,” said Kenneth Brown, Street Outreach Coordinator at Park Place Outreach, “We want to help improve the interactions between our Police Department and our community by assisting both parties in becoming familiar with one another through good food, fun games, and great music.”

This initiative to strengthen the relationship between the police and urban youth mirrors the efforts and violence reduction techniques from the “Boston Miracle,” a time when the city saw some of the steepest declines in violent crime in the country. The Boston Miracle focused on the role of young people involved in gang activity, and involved a unique cooperative arrangement between police, social workers, ministers and prosecutors. This resulted in a period of more than two years where there were no teenage homicide victims in the city. For more information on the Boston Miracle, visit https://www.ted.com/talks/jeffrey_brown_how_we_cut_youth_violence_in_boston_by_79_percent

Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter will also be supporting another event on Saturday, August 22, where the youth in the community will be able to attend workshops, panel discussions, and scenario simulations with the officers of SCMPD. For more information on Park Place Outreach, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

Flier from Park Place Outreach Roll Call event 2015

Flier from Park Place Outreach Roll Call event 2015

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Kenneth Brown
Street Outreach Coordinator
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter
(912) 234-4048
pposop514@gmail.com

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