For Immediate Release 6/27/2017
The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City launched the 2017 Junior State’s Attorney (Jr. SA) program for the third summer at War Memorial Plaza today with the “swearing in” of 45 current and rising Baltimore City ninth grade students. During the ceremony, participants received official Jr. SA blazers and were pinned by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Jr. SA is a six-week, summer enrichment program developed to introduce Baltimore City Public School students, from under-served and high-crime communities, to the positive aspects of the criminal justice system by introducing them to judges, prosecutors, police, sheriff deputies, forensic experts, elected officials, and more.
Through a new partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, participants will be paid employees under the YouthWorks Program for the first time.
“I am so excited to launch this program for the third successful summer and even more grateful for the collaboration with Mayor’s Office of Employment Development which allows us to pay these young people for this once in a lifetime experience,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “As I always say, we must be collaborative and think outside the box to provide alternatives to crime and violence for our young people and this program is a true manifestation of that thinking.”
Since the start of her administration, State’s Attorney Mosby has shown her unwavering commitment to reach Baltimore’s youth before they reach the criminal justice system.
Under her leadership, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City has increased grant funding by 27 percent. One grant in particular was awarded by the Baltimore City Health Department’s Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) program in an effort to provide programming for children in Baltimore. Through this grant, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City was able to hire a Youth Coordinator to manage and expand existing programs.
“I cannot wait to see how these young people will grow over the next several weeks and the positive impact this experience will have on their lives,” said Youth Coordinator, Shalik Fulton.
At the culmination of the program, the students will participate in a mock trial to showcase the skills they have honed over the six-week duration.
In addition to Junior State’s Attorney Program, through the Crime Control and Prevention Unit, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City has also implemented other youth focused efforts. This unit developed Great Expectations, a program that introduces fourth and fifth grade students to criminal justice professions and the #BmorePopUp Youth event series, which is geared to provide a productive and safe activity for Baltimore adolescents and teenagers. The “Pop Ups” take place Fridays evenings throughout the summer 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 #BmorePopUp events.