For Immediate Release: 6/9/18
Baltimore —The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) hosted its first Summer #PopUp on Friday evening. Over 500 youth gathered at Dunbar High School for an outdoor event with inflatables, food, and music. The event was sponsored in partnership with Mayor Catherine Pugh, Office of City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, and DTLR.
The event was a continuation of last year’s inaugural #PopUp series which takes place on Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — a time frame experts identified as most likely for a violent crime to occur.
All “Pop Ups” are free to attendees under the age of 18, and include complimentary entrance to the venue, access to all of its activities, and food.
Highlights from the last summer’s #PopUp series include:
- · More than 2,500 youth (aged 18 or younger) participated
- · Partnerships with 31 private, government, and non-profit organizations
- · 25% of the attendees came from Western District—the police district with the most homicides in 2017
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 (CCP) 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 Junior State’s Attorney (JSA) program is approaching its fourth year. This six-week summer program is dedicated to exposing current and rising 9th graders from Baltimore City Public Schools to careers in criminal justice and government professions. The SAO will partner with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s Youth Works Initiative for a second year to employ Baltimore City youth through this effort.
The Great Expectations program — a ten-month program that introduces 4th grade Baltimore City Public School students to professions within the criminal justice system — expanded to three schools this school year. Students were visited by State’s Attorney Mosby and other SAO staff, Baltimore Police Officers, members of the Baltimore City Fire Department, Judges, members of the Office of the Public Defender, and other Baltimore City leaders.
Recently, CCP launched Project17. The program is aimed at reducing truancy for Baltimore High School Students. The pilot program pays participants to work part-time at a local small business in exchange for improvements in attendance and academic achievement. If the students fulfill their obligations to the program, local employers will agree to continue the students’ employment. Currently servicing students enrolled at Frederick Douglass and Renaissance Academy high schools, Project 17 has begun with 60 students identified by their respective administrators.
“We’ve developed programming for our youth at every level,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “This is an all hands on deck approach, that requires us to get creative about how we engage our children and keep them out of our criminal justice system as victims and defendants.”