For Immediate Release 7/15/17
Central Baltimore –The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) continued its #BmorePopUp series for Baltimore's youth, hosting 80 children at the Arena Players for a youth talent show last night.
Attendees enjoyed various presentations by local youth to include poetic, musical, and dance performances. The competitive style event also allowed the audience to choose its favorite performer.
The SAO partners with the Office of the Mayor, City Council President Benard "Jack Young, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Schools, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, and Retailer DTLR to put on the summer long #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.
"Last night's event was designed to encourage our young people to share their talents and remind them they are equipped with their own tools to success" State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. "I hope they see that my agency, our partners, and the community will support them on any positive path to a productive life and there is no need to ever participate in illegal activity."
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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.