For Immediate Release 8/7/2017
East Baltimore – The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) hosted its 9th consecutive summer #PopUp event for Baltimore City youth at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Football Field on Friday evening. More than 300 youth came out to showcase various genres of dance, including stepping, underground club and modern.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby thanked Mayor Catherine Pugh, City Council President Benard “Jack” Young, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City Schools, and Retailer DTLR for their help in putting on the event.
As the school year approaches, the series is winding down to its final two weeks of programming.
“I think we’ve seen a lot of success this summer,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Through these weekly initiatives, we can definitively say that thousands of children have been kept out of harm’s way this summer. As prosecutors, we must be reactive by prosecuting those who commit crimes in Baltimore City, but we must also play a role in the prevention of crime by getting to our youth before they get entangled in the criminal justice system. These PopUp events are definitely fulfilling our public safety mission.”
The PopUp events 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.
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.
“When you’re seeing these unprecedented levels of violence, you have to do whatever is within your power to protect the public—especially young people— who are among our most susceptible to violence,” continued State’s Attorney Mosby.
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 through positive aspects and professions in hopes that they will not enter the system as a defendant.
The Office hired its first Youth Coordinator, which is underwritten through funds secured through the RECAST grant awarded in 2016.
“This year has been successful so far,” said SAO Youth Coordinator Shalik Fulton. “We have had the awesome opportunity to engage and shape so many bright young minds through our various initiatives. It is special to see Baltimore City youth really engage with the City’s leadership on public safety issues.”
The Junior State’s Attorney (JSA) program concluded this week with its third annual mock trial competition. The event was a culmination of a six-week summer program dedicated to exposing current and rising 9th graders from Baltimore City Public Schools to careers criminal justice and government professions. This year, the SAO partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s Youth Works Initiative to employ 45 Baltimore City youth through this program. Throughout the upcoming school year, the SAO will host monthly “meet ups” to stay connected with the 2017 JSA class.
During this upcoming school year, the Great Expectations program, which is a ten-month program that introduces 4th grade Baltimore City Public School students to professions within the criminal justice system, will expand to more than one school. Through this initiative, students are visited by State’s Attorney Mosby and other SAO staff, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis; members of the Baltimore City Fire Department; Judges; members of the Office of the Public Defender; other Baltimore City leaders.