For Immediate Release 7/8/2017
East Baltimore –The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) continued its summer of fun for Baltimore's youth, hosting over 100 children at the Madison Square Recreation Center.
The theme for the SAO's fifth "PopUp" event was "Flashback Friday." Children were encouraged to dress up in clothing from the 90s and 00s. DJ Okkk spent the evening playing dance classics from the past two decades.
"I grew up going to themed events for the 60s, 70s, and 80s," State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. "Now the 90s are considered a bygone era."
Youth Coordinator, Shalik Fulton, thinks it is important to remain "connected" to young people in the City.
"We have to keep a finger on their pulse. We have to understand what drives them, what upsets them, and what messages and programming they receive. Our goal is to grab their attention, and once we have it—deliver a public safety message that will be well received." Fulton said.
The SAO partnered with the Office of the Mayor, Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City Schools and Retailer DTLR to put on week five of the #BmorePopUp event series.
The PopUp events will take place every Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — a time frame experts have identified as most likely for a violent crime to occur. In response, State's Attorney Mosby is committed to continuing a series of youth focused events throughout the summer as a productive and safe activity for Baltimore adolescents and teenagers.
All "Pop Ups" are free to attendees under the age of 18. The "Flashback Friday" event at Madison Square Recreation Center included complimentary entrance to the venue and access to all of its activities as well as free refreshments.
"One hundred plus young people with us on a Friday night equates to 100 fewer children in harm's way during a time that is statistically proven to feature spikes in violent crime. I count that as a win for public safety every Friday night." State's Attorney Mosby said.
City residents may receive weekly updates by signing up for text alerts. To sign up text "BALTSAO POP UP" to 468-311.
Under the Mosby Administration, the Office for the State's Attorney for Baltimore City has made youth programming a priority through the Crime Control and Prevention Unit by developing programs that introduce the city's youth to the criminal justice system in hopes that they will not enter the system as a defendant. These efforts include the "Junior State's Attorney" program, which employs 45 current and rising Baltimore City ninth graders for the summer, exposing them to the different components of the local criminal justice system; as well as, the "Great Expectations" program which is a ten-month program that introduces fourth grade Baltimore City Public School children to professions within the criminal justice system. The Office has also hired its first Youth Coordinator, which is underwritten through funds secured through the RECAST grant awarded in 2016.