Safe Streets

Safe Streets is a community safety initiative to reduce shootings in several Baltimore communities, where homicide is one of the greatest risk factors for teenagers and young adults, ages 14-25. Living Classrooms operates two Safe Streets sites in specifically targeted areas of the McElderry Park and Belair-Edison neighborhoods of East Baltimore. The core strategy of Safe Streets is to engage community stakeholders in planning and carrying out community activities, public responses to shootings and homicides, and mobilization of residents to take the streets back from criminals and gangs. Living Classrooms, the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement (MONSE), and Baltimore service organizations and religious communities have created a coalition to put this organized strategy into action.

In addition, Safe Streets employs Violence Interrupters to go into the community and mediate disputes before they escalate to violence while simultaneously recruiting troubled or adjudicated youth to be a part of the program. These outreach workers provide appropriate connections and referrals to clients including but not limited to GED and job-training programs, professional counseling (individual and family), transitional housing, and health and family services. The Violence Interrupters have ties to the neighborhoods in which they work and are therefore able to establish rapport with high-risk individuals, provide support services, and connect youth and young adults to positive alternatives.

Contact: Cheryl Riviere
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Evaluates the Baltimore Safe Streets Program

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Conflict mediations were completed by our Outreach Workers in 2020.


Homicides within our two Safe Streets zones in 2020, out of the 335 total homicides in Baltimore City.


Percentage reduction in the number of shootings within McElderry Park and Belair-Edison Safe Streets zones compared to the previous year (2019).