Team 7 We unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.

Targeting neighborhoods with high levels of crime and poverty, Safe & Sound neighborhood teams work together with residents and community resourcespartners to improve safety through 1) cultivating partnerships with law enforcement, 2) organizing and engaging residents and 3) nurturing positive youth development. Bridging these connections helps grow collective efficacy that is essential to improving community safety.

Each team includes three key positions:

Partnerships with Law Enforcement. Among other programs, our work in Community Prosecution Units—made up of a CPU Coordinator, Milwaukee Police Officers and Assistant District Attorneys and other partners– help prevent and decrease crime by coordinating strategies to resolve nuisance property issues.

Community Organizing. Safe & Sound’s community organizers engage residents to encourage participation and strengthen initiatives within neighborhoods. Involvement, partnerships and concentration of efforts leads to more efficient and sound achievements for neighborhood safety.

Youth Development. Safe & Sound youth organizers facilitate youth-led community service projects focused on safety and leadership.


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Each year Safe & Sound supports...

3500

Residents reached at their front doors in face-to-face conversations each year

45

Annual community improvement events with nearly 9,000 participants

1000

The amount of neighborhood nuisances—like loitering, drug dealing, public drunkenness—abated each year

450

Annual housing code/exterior blight issues resolved

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Teens recognized for gun violence prevention efforts

Desmond Parker is part of what he terms the “rebel life” — and that’s a good thing. Parker, 17, helped lead positive youth activities this summer, such as daily cleanups in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood, with the Running Rebels Community Organization. “It’s like my family,” Parker said. “The rebel life is a way of life, […]

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Makeshift barbershops offer free haircuts, positive connections

On Mondays, Damien Smith, a youth coordinator for Safe & Sound, turns community rooms in the Amani and Harambee neighborhoods into barbershops offering free haircuts. But it’s not just a haircut. Smith opens a dialogue between the young men who come and middle-aged barbers who volunteer on their day off. On a recent Monday, the […]

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Zilber Family Foundation backs community development with $2.4 million

The Zilber Family Foundation is amplifying its support of community development initiatives in Lindsay Heights, Clark Square and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods with $2.4 million in grants. The funds, divided into eight grants, will further the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, which supports nonprofits committed to improving conditions in a 110-block area on Milwaukee’s north side and […]

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