Since 2014, with the business, political, and neighborhood/family support, the organization has grown and expanded to include the following programs/services:
Works to reduce the number of shots fired, shooting injuries, and homicides throughout the county of Schenectady over a protracted time. This is done utilizing men and women known as the “Street Team” who were once a part of the street culture and have community relationships and street connections which helps them to be on top of the conflicts brewing in the community and work to resolve those conflicts. They also carry a caseload of eight (8) persons (who we identify as Program Participants) who are at the highest risk of either shooting or being shot, with the goal of getting connected to resources that will get them to redirect their thinking, such as employment, vocational and trade training, education, etc. When they are not able to get ahead of a conflict and there is a shooting, the Street Team goes to the area of the shooting to speak with people of the neighborhood and their contacts with whom they have built a relationship with to understand what is at the root of the conflict so that they can work with those involved to resolve it. When there is an injury, the Street Team also goes to the hospital, which is the seat of emotions at the moment, with the objective of “Containing, De-escalating, and Mediating” the conflict to reduce the likelihood of (and hopefully prevent) retaliation. To do this, the Street Team works with both sides involved to be sure that the conflict can be resolved. There are currently three (3) members of the Street Team, however, with the anticipation of additional funding coming this year, we look to expand the team to cover more areas and provide stronger support to the Program Participants. The success of the work of the Street Team and program as a whole is dependent upon trust, respect and credibility. This is why it is stressed to and respected by stakeholders, including law enforcement/criminal justice entities, that information that is obtained by the Street Team is NEVER shared with law enforcement or the criminal justice system entities. Boundaries are very clear and are respected by all parties.
120 Emmons Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
293-2 Hamilton Street
Albany, NY 12210