Arts to End Violence - Support Youth in Ending Gun Violence

Donate to support young people who are leading the charge to end gun violence in Brooklyn through community building and the arts.
Amy Ellenbogen
Brooklyn, New York
United States
2 Team Members
This campaign is raising funds on behalf of Fund For The City Of New York Inc, a verified nonprofit. The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can't be specified for any particular purpose.

Who We Are

The Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) program works to reduce shootings and killings. We use a public health approach that capitalizes on the credibility of local residents who have been on both sides of a gun and work to change the thinking and behavior of people who might be involved in a violent incident. Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (Y.O. S.O.S.) helps in the mobilization of the neighborhood against violence by cultivating leadership among local teens. Both programs are part of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, a community based project that  works to make the neighborhood safer and healthier for everyone.

What We Are Doing

We know that violence is a disease that can be cured, and believe in the power of art to bring people together, facilitate healing, and motivate positive social change. We are now gearing up for our 4th Annual Arts to End Violence festival and are asking for your support to make it bigger and better than ever before! Arts to End Violence is coordinated by S.O.S. and YO S.O.S. in conjunction with various community partner organizations. This year’s festival will include a gallery exhibition of antiviolence art from adults and youth, a talent show and resource fair, and a block party with local vendors, entertainment, art-making booths, and community building activities.

Why We Need You

The Arts to End Violence Festival will help us celebrate the talents and resiliency of youth and adults working together to create safer and healthier neighborhoods.

The festival takes time, resources, and people power to succeed. All events are free to the public and we strive to make them accessible and inviting to a wide-range of community members. We are calling on supporters like you to help us raise $10,000* to ensure that the festival launches successfully this spring. In exchange, we're offering perks and of course, an invitation to join us at the festival itself! 

Your contribution will help us to display a diverse collection of visual art, both in the gallery and throughout the community; provide tables and tents for local vendors at the street festival; print materials for youth organizers to present about anti-violence and art in local schools; and contribute to the creation of a thriving and safe neighborhood. 

Scroll down to view some art and photos from previous years, and to get a sneak peak of the campaign perks!

Check out some of the exclusive Save Our Streets swag that supporters will receive!

Youth Organizers holding SOS signs at a shooting response event

The winning art submission from the 2013 gallery show

Arts activity booths at the 2013 Kingston Ave Festival

YO SOS and community members at the 2013 Kingston Ave Fest pie eating contest

*All donations are tax deductible.The Mediation Center is a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation and operates as a project of the Fund for the City of New York. The Fund is a New York not-for-profit corporation that the Internal Revenue Service has determined to be tax exempt under IRC § 501(c)(3) and a public charity as described in IRC §§ 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). 

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This campaign ended on April 26, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Social Media Shout Out!

    Your contribution makes a difference and we want the world to know! We will thank you publicly on our Save Our Streets Facebook page

    17 claimed
  • $25USD
    Signed thank you card

    You'll receive a personalized thank you card signed by one of the youth organizers in the Y.O. S.O.S. program.

    24 out of 100 claimed
  • $50USD
    Signed poster

    You'll receive a powerful poster from our S.O.S. campaign, signed by a staff member. Your poster can be picked up at the end of the campaign at our Crown Heights office.

    10 out of 60 claimed
  • $100USD
    Swag bag with S.O.S. items

    You'll receive a goody bag with giveaways from our S.O.S. program including pens, bracelets, temporary tattoos and more! Your swag bag can be picked up at the end of the campaign at our Crown Heights office.

    4 out of 60 claimed
  • $250USD
    Acknowledgement at events

    You'll receive a printed thank you in our Arts to End Violence showcase program, and a public shout out at the Kingston Avenue Festival. Additionally, you'll receive all perks from earlier levels.

    1 out of 60 claimed
  • $500USD
    Name featured on a banner

    Your name will be displayed on a banner of supporters at the Kingston Avenue Festival. Additionally, you'll receive all perks from earlier levels.

    1 out of 50 claimed
  • $750USD
    Signed S.O.S. mug

    You will receive an S.O.S. mug signed by all the youth organizers of Y.O. S.O.S. Additionally, you'll receive all perks from earlier levels.

    0 out of 40 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Youth Organizers presentation

    Members of Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (Y.O. S.O.S.) will deliver a presentation to an organization of your choice. Additionally, you'll receive all perks from earlier levels.

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