In the summer of 2017, State’s Attorney Mosby launched a series of Pop-Ups to provide free programming to youth and their families during the critical evening hours of 6-9 PM on Fridays when juvenile crime is most likely to occur. The tradition continues, even when it had to change to virtual because of the global pandemic, the #BMorePopUps continue to provide exciting opportunities for youth to engage in free programming during the critical evening hours of 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Fridays when juvenile crime is most likely to occur. In the past, youth have had the opportunity to participate in activities that range from visiting the Maryland Science Center to cruising on the Harbor aboard the Spirit Baltimore.
In continued effort to provide youth with summer opportunities to keep them safe, engaged and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic and citywide shut down, the Crime Control and Prevention Unit hosted two Virtual #BMorePopUps Summer Series. During the months of July and August in 2020 and 2021, celebrity artists were invited to join the virtual platform to engage Baltimore-area youth about the importance of making good choices, being responsible citizens and staying informed about public safety and the COVID-19 crisis.
During the 2021 series, State’s Attorney Mosby provided youth an opportunity to run the show. Each session was hosted by a youth member of the Junior State’s Attorney’s program with the support of a long term partner, The Pretty Girl Tiara LaNiece. 2021 also featured a “Baltimore’s Got Talent” segment where youth had the opportunity to showcase their gifts relating to performing arts.
On May 24th, State's Attorney Mosby announced that the 2022 Pop Up series would return to an in-person format, kicking off earlier than ever before on June 24th with a free Stop the Violence youth concert. This expanded 10-week pop up series reaffirms that SAO's commitment to investing in young people before they can ever consider straying down the wrong path.