Save Our Youth
What is SOY?
Save Our Youth is a CSBG funded program that works with youth either currently or most likely to become involved in a violent incident. The program provides one to one case management with youth to deter them from becoming a participant in a cycle of violence. This is a pivot from our previous focus of intervening only after gun related violence. It is our intent through this effort to prevent “beefs” from evolving into gun violence.
What Does SOY Do?
Identifies and engages high-risk youth in case management
Provides dispute mediation and conflict resolution in a safe space
Conducts youth outreach and mediates conflict
Prepares public education campaigns
Involves faith leaders
Supplies referrals to local agencies
Provides training and technical assistance on engagement with high risk youth
Works with youth to develop alternative to violence life plans
“I love SOY because my life is better. They helped me get a job so I can take care of my daughter.” - #4 Eastside.
“I haven't felt this motivated in so long. SOY has given me hope.” - #7 Westside
“I thank SOY because my life is better and safer. They helped me with my problems in the street.” - #3 Eastside.
“I would like to thank SOY for all that they do. They helped my family.” - #11 Westside
- Youth ages 16-25
- Active in street violent lifestyle and high-risk activity
- Resides in the city of Rochester
After making an appointment, someone will contact you with further information.