For Immediate Release 7/1/2017
West Baltimore – Yesterday the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) hosted a pool party for over 500 children at Druid Hill Park. The SAO partnered with the Office of the Mayor, Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City Schools, Retailer DTLR, H & S Bakery, Ellis Brown, Center for Urban Families, Empowerment Temple, Zion Baptist Church and Baltimore City Teachers Union to put on week four 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 Marilyn Mosby committed to producing 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 and includes complimentary entrance to the venue and access to all of its activities.
"If these children and young adults are here with us on a Friday night—instead of the streets—it means they are safe for as long as they are in our care,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “For us it is a straightforward outcome: we provide safe, positive, fun for our youth and in exchange we get the peace of mind knowing that 500 plus children are safe from committing a crime or falling victim to a crime.”
State’s Attorney Mosby encourages City residents to get involved with the effort by signing up for text updates. Residents can text “BALTSAO POP UP” to 468-311 to get weekly details regarding the events.
“I’m a parent of two young children. I have to deal with pick up, drop off, and child care just like all of the other parents in Baltimore City. We’re offering a free Friday night activity for all Baltimore City youth throughout the summer. Take advantage of it, and spread the word!” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
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.