For Immediate Release 6/7/2017
Today the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Baltimore Police Department and Retailer DTLR announced the location of its first Youth “Pop Up” Event. Baltimore City teenagers are invited to a “Skate Night” at Shake & Bake Family Fun Center located at 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue in the West Baltimore Upton neighborhood. The event is free to all youth, to include complimentary entrance to the venue and skate rental.
This announcement comes as a kept promise from State’s Attorney Mosby who announced at the #BaltimoreWearOrange Rally last Friday, June 2nd, her office would produce a series of youth focused “pop ups” throughout the summer as a productive and safe activity for Baltimore adolescents. These events, funded through private partnerships, will continue Fridays evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, a timeframe that has historically shown to be peak hours for violence in Baltimore City. Residents can text “BALTSAO POP UP” to 468-311 to get weekly details regarding the events.
“If these children are here with us, then we know they aren’t in harm’s way,” State’s Attorney Mosby said. “Our children need programming, resources, economic opportunity and most of all— support. We can always do better by our children and if the partnerships we’ve created to produce these events can prevent even one of these young people from being the perpetrator or victim of a violent crime, our efforts will be worth it.”
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.