Save Our Youth
What is SOY?
Save Our Youth (SOY) is a state-funded program, reducing incidents of gun violence in the northeast and southwest quadrants Rochester.
Works with high-risk individuals residents, businesses, and community-based organizations to implement coordinated strategies to reduce and prevent shootings and killings in Rochester. Save Our Youth is part of the division of criminal justice services funded state-wide SNUG network.
What Does SOY Do?
Identifies and engages high-risk youth in case management
Prepares and organizes the community accordingly
Conducts youth outreach and mediates conflict
Prepares public education campaigns
Involves faith leaders
Supplies referrals to local agencies
Provides presence in the streets where neighborhood shootings occur
Raises community awareness of shootings through rallies and walks
“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
- Ages 16-25
- Likely to shoot or be shot
- Weapons carrier (Gun, Toast, Gap, Chopper)
- Recently released from prison for a gun charge or other violent charge
- Active in street violent lifestyle and high-risk activity
- Resides in the northeast or southwest quadrants of Rochester
After making an appointment, Isabel Rosa (or someone on her team) will contact you with further information.