For Immediate Release 6/16/2017
Southwest Baltimore - Over 400 of Baltimore Youth attended the 2nd iteration of the #BmorePopUp event hosted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Schools and Retailer DTLR earlier this evening. Attendees ranging from ages 1 – 18, enjoyed a night of indoor games at “Fun City” located in Southwest Baltimore.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s committed to producing a series of youth focused “pop ups” throughout the summer as a productive and safe activity for Baltimore adolescents and teenagers. The “Pop Ups” will continue Fridays evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, a time frame that has historically shown to be peak hours for violence in Baltimore City.
All “Pop Ups” are free to attendees under the age of 18 and are underwritten through private partnerships. The “Fun City” event included complimentary entrance to the venue and access to all of its activities as well as free refreshments. The effort was funded through approximately $9,100 in donations from the venue host, Fun City, as well as other private contributors.
"In a time when youth violence is at an all-time high, I am so appreciative of our private-public partnerships, who are stakeholders within the community that recognize their individual contribution to curbing youth violence,” said State’s Attorney Mosby. “The continued success of these events show that our youth are engaged and crave alternative and productive ways to spend their time during these upcoming summer months and I'm extremely grateful for those collaborations that make it possible."
Residents can text “BALTSAO POP UP” to 468-311 to get weekly details regarding the events.
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 50 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.