For Immediate Release 7/29/2017
Northwest Baltimore – The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) hosted a “summer social” for over 220 children at Liberty Recreation Center in Northwest Baltimore. The SAO partnered with the Office of the Mayor, City Council President Benard “Jack” Young, Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City Schools, and Retailer DTLR to put on week eight 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. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby committed to hosting a series of youth focused events throughout the summer as a productive and safe activity for Baltimore adolescents and teenagers.
“We’re eight weeks in and the community is responding,” Said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I love seeing so many young smiling faces at these events and I’m glad that our team is hosting them in neighborhoods across the City, so that every family has an opportunity to attend.”
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.
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.
“It is incumbent upon every City agency to do whatever they can to stop the violence in Baltimore, State’s Attorney Mosby continues. “This is one of the ways we are going above and beyond our day-to-day responsibilities as public servants to ensure the safety of our youth.”
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.