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Join Us! The Mayor Hosts an Anti-Graffitti Recognition Event

MILWAUKEE – As a part of Mayor Tom Barrett’s Strong Neighborhoods Plan the City’s Anti-Graffiti campaign will kick-off the 2015 season with a call for RESPECT! “Respect My Neighborhood. Respect Public Art” theme calls on people to help stop graffiti and make Milwaukee a better looking city. Milwaukee has taken the lead in graffiti eradication […]

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Barbershop Mondays by Safe & Sound

Safe & Sound Youth Organizer Damien Smith shares his idea for Barbershop Mondays as a forum for youth and adults to connect and for youth to learn about opportunities for leadership in the community.  In return for a free cut, youth are asked to participate in a future community service project.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article: Safe & Sound refocuses on mending police-community relations

A Milwaukee nonprofit is shifting its resources to focus on improving police and community relations in eight high-crime neighborhoods, a move that comes on the heels of volatile interactions that have led to deaths in police custody here and across the country. Safe & Sound officially announced Monday it will partner with four Milwaukee Police […]

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Neighborhood News Service Article: Safe & Sound targets eight neighborhoods for its community safety efforts

Safe & Sound has selected eight Milwaukee neighborhoods where the organization will focus its efforts to empower residents and ultimately create safer communities. The neighborhoods consist of Clarke Square and Layton Boulevard West in Milwaukee Police Department District 2 on the South Side as well as North Side neighborhoods Metcalfe Park and Midtown in District […]

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Milwaukee Business Journal Article: 40 Under 40 winners: Poverty, education top Milwaukee-area challenges

It is very clear that the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2015 40 Under 40 winners have strong opinions on the challenges the Milwaukee region faces. The two that top the list are – the education system and the level of poverty in southeastern Wisconsin. Find out the top challenges cited by all of our winners in […]

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Executive Director Katie Sanders Named MBJ 40 Under 40 Winner

The Milwaukee Business Journal named Katie Sanders, Executive Director of Safe & Sound, one of 2015′s 40 Under 40 winners.  “This 40 Under 40 class represents the future of community leadership in southeastern Wisconsin. Every year, we have to make some very hard decisions as there are many deserving candidates. These individuals really stood out for […]

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Safe & Sound and LISC Host Crime Prevention Awards Honoring Everyday Heroes

  On January 27, 2015 Safe & Sound and LISC Milwaukee partnered to take over the 66th Annual Crime Prevention Awards.  The event had been hosted for the previous 65 years by the Milwaukee Exchange Club. Former Exchange Club President Bill Hotz noted in his address, “All too often crime prevention efforts are overlooked, unrecognized, or-maybe […]

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WISN Covers the 66th Annual Crime Prevention Awards hosted by Safe & Sound and LISC Milwaukee

  WISN Covers the Crime Prevention Awards held on January 27, 2015  

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BizTimes Article: LISC, Safe & Sound announce crime prevention award winners

Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Milwaukee chapter and Safe & Sound, Inc. this week announced recipients of the organizations’ Crime Prevention Awards program, which puts a spotlight on the efforts of law enforcement and community members to reinforce neighborhood safety. The two nonprofits adopted the awards program from the Milwaukee Exchange Club after that organization’s 65-year […]

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End of Year Giving
Will you help us build safe and empowered neighborhoods for EVERYONE in Milwaukee?

The holidays often mean happy and secure days at home with friends and family, but unfortunately for many, having a safe place to live is not a reality.  A contribution to Safe & Sound will support programs benefitting thousands of residents like Bentley, from the Johnsons Park Neighborhood Association: There are areas where residents live in […]

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GIVING TUESDAY!

Consider making your end-of-year gift on #GivingTuesday, December 2nd.  GIVE TODAY! Thank you and happy holidays!

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BizTimes Article: LISC, Safe & Sound adopt crime prevention awards program

Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Milwaukee chapter and Safe & Sound, Inc. are taking the lead on an awards program that has been honoring crime prevention measures in Milwaukee for the past 65 years. The two nonprofit agencies will host the 66th Annual Crime Prevention Awards Luncheon on Jan. 27, advancing their relations with Milwaukee police […]

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Safe & Sound Recognized by Metlife Foundation and LISC

-BizTimes Article Milwaukee has garnered three MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards, the most any city has received since the national awards program began in 2002. The awards, distributed by the MetLife Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation, honor effective partnerships between community groups and police who share a goal to enhance neighborhood safety and advance […]

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2015-2017 Strategic Plan Announcement

Safe & Sound was founded with the theory that improvements in public safety require the combination of law enforcement, community organizing and youth development. Over time, the way we have implemented these three “prongs” –as we call them—has evolved, and it is now time for another step in that evolution. Our theory remains the same, […]

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From the Office of the Mayor: Upcoming Fatherhood Summit Offers Resources for Milwaukee Dads

MILWAUKEE – The 9th Annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit will be held on Friday, October 31st from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 1st from 7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Destiny Youth Plaza located at 7210 North 76th Street. The free event which is a part of Mayor Barrett’s Fatherhood Initiative will bring […]

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2014 Annual Awards Breakfast Now Accepting Sponsorships!!

  2014 Sponsorship Form Event Information: OCTOBER 29, 2014, 7:30 A.M. Italian Conference Center 631 E. Chicago Street   Sponsorship begin at $750 and individual tickets are $75 each. Contact Anne Temple at (414) 220-4797 or to register today!             Printable Event Invitation

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Wishing for a Miracle!

 Wishing for a Miracle! This year Safe & Sound is in the running to be a beneficiary of Miracle on Canal Street – the signature community program of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Miracle has raised more than $13.6 million for hundreds of children’s charities in the Milwaukee area. Youth development is a key element of […]

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Save the Date! Safe & Sound’s Awards Breakfast is Oct. 29th

You are invited to attend the Safe & Sound Annual Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:30 a.m. at the Italian Conference Center. Co-chaired by Board Members Benjamin Wagner and Tyler Briggs, the event will honor community leaders who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to our mission to support the Milwaukee community. We are […]

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Radio Milwaukee 88.9 Story: ‘Peace Walk’ aimed at ending Milwaukee violence

Hundreds of young people hit the streets last week with a single mission — ending violence in Milwaukee. Organized by nonprofits Serve2Unite and Safe & Sound, and working alongside students from Westside Academy II, the march was a public demonstration of the youths’ frustration with the status quo and their vision for the future.  Read […]

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Neighborhood News Service Article: Youth promote non-violence at drug-free ‘peace party’

On a recent weekday afternoon, drumbeats and chants of “stop the violence” rang out as about 80 youth marched for peace through the streets near Westside Academy II, 1940 N. 36th St. Families sitting on their porches were treated to a parade of positive messages. Cheers filled the air as a car and bus on […]

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On Article: Groups work to quell violence in Milwaukee

Last summer there was a sudden increase in shootings, contributing to a year-end total of 105 homicides in Milwaukee. At the time of writing there have been 39 homicides in 2014, five fewer than last year at the same time. Some new initiatives seek to reduce violence in the city, while groups throughout the city […]

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Youth March to Protest Gun Deaths and Violence

The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Youth Speak Truth to Power March and Youth Voice Stage brought together more than 100 youth from several Safe Place afterschool programs and schools, along with families of gun violence victims to promote non-violence and social justice. This year’s celebration marked the 43rd year Milwaukee has been having an organized event to commemorate the day African-Americans were finally freed from slavery nearly 150 years ago.

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Youth and Police Building Stronger Relationships

On May 5, 2014 at 5:00pm, 27 students from five local youth-serving agencies including Neighborhood House, Our Next Generation, the Boys and Girls Club Fitzsimonds, the Hmong American Friendship Association, and Westside Academy II joined together at the Washington Park Library with four officers and the Captain of Police from Police District 3 for Talk […]

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Milwaukee Youth Present Art as a Gateway to Peace

The Gateway to Peace Exhibit kicked off with an opening reception attended by Safe Place youth and staff, members of the Safe & Sound staff and board of directors, and a host of guests and friends. Youth whose works are captured in a display of art that represents messages of peace, hope, faith and social justice are pictured with their youth mentors from Agape Community Center and City on a Hill. Gateway to Peace will be displayed daily from 9:00 – 5:00 at the Alfons Gallery, 1501 W. Layton Blvd., through May 27.

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Safe & Sound Announces Surveillance Camera Matching Grant Program

Safe & Sound, Milwaukee Police Department and the City of Milwaukee have partnered together to bring affordable surveillance camera equipment to local businesses in MPD Districts 2, 3, 5 and 7. Together, we can make the community a safer place for your business and the residents of the neighborhood.   Surveillance Camera Program Brochure Surveillance […]

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Director of Youth Programs on 4th Street Forum

Norma Balentine, Safe & Sound’s Director of Youth Programs, appeared on MPTV’s 4th Street Forum that aired on Friday, Nov. 15. Joining her on the esteemed panel were Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and UWM Professor Stan Stojkovic. Hosted by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Marcus White, this program discusses the issue of safety on Milwaukee’s […]

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Neighborhood Leaders Recognition Event Coming this July

We would love to have you join this cause to raise the resources necessary to recognize those individuals and groups working towards a safer Milwaukee.

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PRESS RELEASE: Basura Bash 2013

Safe & Sound Builds Collaborations to Remove the Signs of Crime and Grime on Milwaukee’s Southside  LOCATION: Walker Square Park, 1029 S. 9th St., Milwaukee DATE: May 18th, 2013 TIME: 10:00 to 2:00 PM CONTACTS: Joe Kubisiak, Director, Safe & Sound 414-788-0461 Maritza Ugarte, Safe & Sound Community Partner Safe & Sound, Inc. 801 […]

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A Look Back on the First Year of Circles of Accountability

One mother said that what her son expressed at the circle was the most she had ever heard from him about the crime, and that it was reassuring to her that beneath his tough-guy act, he felt great remorse for what he had done.

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2012 Community Building Highlights from the Safe & Sound Community Partners Program

Through community building strategies, Safe & Sound is fostering a fundamental transformation in high-crime/low-income neighborhoods that changes the circumstances of families and neighborhoods for the long term.

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2013 Report Forms

Safe Place Grantees, use these forms to prepare your work plans for 2013. When forms are complete, email them to Safe & Sound at safe& by Fri., Jan. 4. Best wishes for a happy holiday season.

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Safe & Sound Annual Meeting Video and Photos

Hear the stories and see the faces of Safe & Sound. Check-out the Annual Meeting Video!

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“Building Safe & Sustainable Neighborhoods, Together” Safe & Sound Awards Event

Save the Date! On October 30, 2012, Safe & Sound will honor three Milwaukee leaders at its annual awards event entitled, “Building Safe & Sustainable Neighborhoods, Together.”

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White House Champions of Change: Reducing Drug Use and Building a Healthier America

Barb Notestein, Executive Director of Safe & Sound, was interviewed while on her trip to the White House to receive the Champions of Change recognition on behalf of Safe & Sound.

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Youth Gain Self-Confidence When Organizing for Change

Safe & Sound has always worked to prepare residents to become leaders in their communities; bringing them together to improve the quality of life by reducing and preventing crime. We’ve also developed a youth-led initiative that asks staff at the Safe Places to partner with young people on strategies and efforts planned and implemented by them to address crime issues.

It’s only natural then that we’d use this experience to introduce youth to the work of community organizing, thus arming them with skills to tackle the challenge of becoming change agents in a struggling neighborhood.

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2013 Reporting Forms

Scope of Services 2013 S.A.F.E. Program Logic Model 2013 Logic Model – YTDICs

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PRESS Release: 5th Annual Basura Bash

Together with community stakeholders, we are holding the Fifth Annual ‘Basura Bash’ on June 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Basura (trash) Bash is an effort to build upon our diversity and community pride, while removing the signs of crime and grime from the Southside of Milwaukee. For the 5th year local small […]

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Street Safety Training for Community Organizers

It didn’t matter that the gun Angel waved at them turned out to be fake. The people he was pointing the silver pistol at were screaming and terrified. It was all too real for the organizers going door-to-door who were witnessing the scene a few doors down as it unfolded.

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This Makes It All Worthwhile

Oftentimes, it’s difficult for those working with youth to measure the success of their work.  We are constantly asked to show outcomes.  Some of those outcomes don’t always tell the real story.  But, Yarek Locia has summed it up perfectly in his recent editorial to the Journal Sentinel newspaper.  The 17 year-old acknowledges the impact […]

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2012 Safe & Sound VISTA Service Opportunities

Safe & Sound is looking for a dynamic individual to serve as a VISTA member for one year as a Restorative Justice Coordinator.

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63rd Annual Crime Prevention Awards: Special Contributions to Crime Prevention Award

At its 2012 annual Crime Prevention Awards luncheon, the Exchange Club of Milwaukee honored Safe & Sound for its successful community crime prevention work while also recognizing law enforcement officers and civilians that have made outstanding professional contributions to crime prevention.

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Generous Grant Provided to Safe & Sound

“The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation has a rich history of supporting a diverse array of non-profit organizations that do important work to alleviate the effects of crime and poverty and build self-sufficient communities,” said Neil Albrecht, Safe & Sound Development Director.

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Community Building Through Community Partners

Through community building strategies, Safe & Sound is fostering a fundamental transformation in high-crime/low-income neighborhoods that changes the circumstances of families and neighborhoods for the long term.

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Community Prosecution Unit Teams Evolving

Safe & Sound significantly expanded its capacity to reduce crime and violence in Milwaukee when it brought on three Community Prosecution Unit (CPU) Coordinators in March of 2010. Since then, the CPU Teams across the city have evolved and realized numerous accomplishments.

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2011 Year in Review for Safe & Sound Community Partners

In 2011 Safe & Sound Community Partners worked towards decreasing criminal activity and increasing the overall quality of life for residents in Milwaukee’s high-crime, low-income neighborhoods. We look forward to 2012 and refining our strategies to have even greater impact through anti-crime community organizing and youth development.

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“The days of Lone Ranger policing are long past…”

“The days of Lone Ranger policing are long past” stated Milwaukee Police Chief and Safe & Sound Board Chair Edward A. Flynn on January 6th at the Oath of Office Ceremony for officiating the beginning of his second term.

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Help Make a Difference

Safe & Sound has been accepted to participate in Pick ‘n Save’s “We Care Community Dollar Program”. We’d like to invite you to become part of Safe & Sound’s giving community. Simply . . .

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Safe & Sound Corporate Sponsors

We want to thank you each and every one of our generous sponsors. Donations are greatly appreciated and help us to further implement Safe & Sound ‘s innovative, crime-reduction strategy. Safe & Sound is an important element of Milwaukee’s master plan to be a successful 21st century city. We can only build Milwaukee if neighborhoods […]

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Safe Places for 2014

Proud sponsor of Safe Places…

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Canada’s “Most Dangerous City” Calls Milwaukee for Help

Joe Kubisiak of Safe & Sound was interviewed on the news show “Connect with Mark Kelly.” When asked why Milwaukee was successful at reducing crime he commented that it was all about youth, residents and law enforcement working together to address neighborhood problems.

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Building a Better Milwaukee

Community building is challenging work and we cannot succeed without the stories, tools and inspiration, as well as the strengths, experiences and talents of each other.

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Restorative Justice Coordinator Pulling Resources to Safe & Sound

Lauren Thrift, Safe & Sound’s Restorative Justice Coordinator, a Masters Candidate student in SIT’s Self-Designed MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program, was interviewed by SIT about her position as Restorative Justice Coordinator with Safe & Sound. Read the full blog article at SIT’s website here: In the blog Thrift states about her […]

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Community Based Prosecution: Finding Solutions Through Team Work

The Community Prosecution Unit Teams work towards addressing resident complaints and ongoing criminal nuisance issues medium to long term, while at the same time increasing the utilization of a range of resources rather than just policing.

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2010 Safe & Sound Annual Report

As you review this report, you will learn the stories of Bilal and Pilal Carrington, two dedicated block watch captains who reclaimed their neighborhood, and Kinyada, a young man who developed the skills and wisdom to break down the age barriers that compromised his neighborhood.

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Summit Sends Unifying Message: Demand Equity Now…

The Milwaukee delegation will continue to meet via online forums and meetings to share the inspiration and ideas from the summit. The application and implementation begins at the neighborhood level with the authentic engagement of community stakeholders. Safe & Sound is an integral part of this work in Milwaukee and can begin to implement new or revised strategies and approaches.

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Bank Account or Burglary Prevention?

Having direct deposit can also significantly reduce your chance of being robbed or burglarized, an all too common occurrence for many low income families using check cashing services.

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ONDCP Deputy Director Visits Safe & Sound

Mineta was able to hear the ideas and concerns of youth, residents, young offenders, Probation and Parole, youth workers, Police Officers, and Safe & Sound staff working in the field every day. It was a pleasure to have such a respected guest take valuable time to become more acquainted with the work of Safe & Sound and the issues surrounding illegal drug use in Milwaukee.

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Safe Night/YCAM Media Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release Contact: Norma J. Balentine September 6, 2011 414-220-4796 Safe & Sound Teams up with Safe Places on Safe Night/YCAM Event WHAT: Safe Night/YCAM Event WHY: Safe Nights have provided youth with a refuge from the violence and drugs found on the streets and in other venues that organized to […]

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White House Champion of Change Award: White House Honors Safe & Sound

Last week, the White House named Barbara Notestein, Executive Director of Safe & Sound, a Champion of Change for the organization’s innovative and unique approach to addressing drug abuse and drug-related crime in Milwaukee.

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White House Recognizes Safe & Sound

“This program is a unique, effective, and shining example of how community efforts can reduce drug use and its consequences,” said Gil Kerlikowske, White House Director of National Drug Control Policy. “Safe & Sound is an example of a local community taking action and addressing this issue head on. Drug use and its consequences strain our economy, our health care and criminal justice systems, and harm the well-being of young people, service members, and America’s workforce.”

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Safe & Sound in Biz Times Nonprofit Weekly

“We’re very excited about the honor,” said Barbara Notestein, executive director of Safe & Sound. “Milwuakee should be celebrating this achievement. So often we undervalue the positive things we have happening in this community.”

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Herb Kohl Congratulates Safe & Sound for Protecting Our Children

This week President Obama released the Administration’s blueprint for reducing drug use on the national scale, known as the 2011 National Drug Control Strategy. The strategy highlights Safe & Sound as a shining example of an organization collaborating with community members to reduce drug-related crime.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southside “Basura Bash” Back for 2011

Carmen will be hosting a “clean-up” tomorrow at one of her businesses on Cesar Chavez Drive to give residents an opportunity to show their support for the neighborhood. We have planned with other community stakeholders for an exciting day that will remove the signs blight and of crime from the Southside of Milwaukee, and we hope will lead to more community collaborations and a positive energy for change.

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Community in Action Strategies for Safer Neighborhoods

Safe & Sound utilizes a variety of strategies that involve residents, youth and volunteers in cleaning up blighted areas and improving community safety. Many of these strategies are based on CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles and work towards making neighborhoods safer and bringing residents together to develop relationships and a sense of community. […]

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Good News on Crime in Milwaukee… Again

For the fifth year in a row, violent crime is down in Milwaukee. Now, citizens and police need to work together better to reduce crime in troubled neighborhoods.

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Thank You Marquette!

Thank you Marquette System Analysis and Design Class!

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Community in Action Strategies: Graffiti Removal

When vandalism occurs, the most effective weapon against graffiti is the quick removal of it. The longer graffiti is up, the greater the chances of its return.

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Community in Action Strategies: Trash Clean-up

Safe & Sound utilizes a variety of strategies that involve residents, youth and volunteers in cleaning up blighted areas and improving community safety. Many of these strategies are based on CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles and work towards making neighborhoods safer and bringing residents together to develop relationships and a sense of community. […]

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Community in Action Strategies: ‘No Dumping’ Sewer Stencils

Illegal dumping of anti-freeze, oil, and household chemicals in sewer drains is a significant problem in many parts of the central city. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has been supportive of efforts to stencil sewer grates in alleys and on curbs to send a message to residents about the danger of illegal dumping.

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Community in Action Strategies: Volunteer Team Leaders

Safe & Sound utilizes a variety of strategies that involve residents, youth and volunteers in mobilizing residents and improving community safety. Many of these strategies are based on Community Building principles and work towards making neighborhoods safer and bringing residents together to develop relationships and a sense of community. The goal of Community in Action […]

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Community in Action Strategies: Brush Removal for Increased Visibility, Blight and Safety

Safe & Sound utilizes a variety of strategies that involve residents, youth and volunteers in cleaning up blighted areas and improving community safety. Many of these strategies are based on CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles and work towards making neighborhoods safer and bringing residents together to develop relationships and a sense of community. […]

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Community In Action Strategies: Neighborhood Outreach and Awareness

Community outreach is a great activity for youth and adults to get involved in. It is easily scalable and supplies are available through Safe & Sound. Door-to-door outreach can be combined with other Community Building initiatives such as community walks or street surveys.

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Community in Action Strategies: Neighborhood Gardens

Community gardens are popping up all over Milwaukee on vacant lots and backyards. The gardens are an excellent way for residents to work together for a common good.

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Community in Action Strategies: Alley Identification Numbering

Many alleys lack basic house address numbering. When emergency vehicles, such as police and fire, or city services (housing inspectors or Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) are at work they are less effective and efficient in responding without house identification.

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Community in Action Strategies: Burglary Prevention and Safety Updates

Combining enhanced lighting with a exterior home safety inspection by a Milwaukee Police Officer completes the package for burglary reduction.

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Say YES to Youth Empowerment Solutions for Peaceful Communities

YES is a community-level violence prevention program that empowers youth to work with adults in making positive changes in their communities.

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Cast your votes for Safe & Sound!

To celebrate WaterStone’s 90th anniversary, the Bank is giving away a total of $90,000 to a few lucky local charities or schools during the month of April…and the community gets to choose! The $90,000 will be donated based on the votes submitted by the general public from April 1 through April 30, 2011.

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2010 Outcomes for Safe & Sound Community Partners Program

Safe & Sound is proud of the positive community building efforts realized in 2010, making the Milwaukee neighborhoods we serve safer places to live, work, and raise families

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Journal Sentinel Editorial: A deadly rise

“Poverty, broken homes, gangs and drugs are eating away at the core of some neighborhoods. People in these areas need the support of the police, and together, they need to work to squeeze out the criminal element. It’s not easy. But when neighbors and police work together, both win.”

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Meeting and Events Calendar

Safe & Sound is happy to announce the first Neighborhood Leaders Recognition Event! We need your support of Safe & Sound’s resident driven anti-crime efforts, and specifically, funding and in-kind donations for this special day. Many people have enjoyed the stories featured on the Safe & Sound website that tell of these community building efforts that are […]

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Safe & Sound Awards $870,000 to Help Reach Youth During High-Crime Hours

Safe & Sound is firmly committed to supporting youth-serving organizations that are dedicated to providing safe, meaningful programs during the crucial afterschool hours, when studies show that youth are at a greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors.

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Mobilizing the Resources of Neighborhoods: Safe & Sound 2009 Annual Report

While we support young “change-makers” through our Safe Places, we are “bridge builders” within neighborhoods through our Community Partners. Safe & Sound’s collaborative approach joins residents, Safe Places and law enforcement in strategies to restore resident control and lay the groundwork for change in our target neighborhoods.

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Red Ribbon Week: Creating Dialogue and Mobilizing Communities

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) encourages everyone to use Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity to create dialogue with youth, to mobilize communities and to honor law enforcement officers who work every day to keep neighborhoods safe from drugs.

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Working with Youth at High Risk

Providers of youth services are continually seeking creative strategies to impact the lives of the high-risk youth they serve. Many of these young people face significant challenges and obstacles to their healthy social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

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Police Aide Career Opportunity for 17-19 Year Olds

This unique position provides the opportunity to help Milwaukee’s citizens every day, while also focusing on the individual’s educational, physical fitness, personal and professional development.

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Important Message from Senator Kohl: Safely Dispose Unwanted Prescription Drugs

September 25 (2010), Wisconsinites can safely dispose of their leftover and unwanted prescription drugs at one of over 85 collection points throughout our state as part of National Take-Back Day.

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Mayor Barret Recognizes Safe & Sound for FEMA Outreach

Although the primary focus of Safe & Sound Community Partners is crime reduction work at the neighborhood level, the FEMA outreach wass a great example of the power and flexibility a large team of trained organizers commands.

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Safe & Sound To Introduce National Youth Crime Prevention Program

Safe & Sound will introduce an exciting national program that teaches teens about police and community, crime prevention and reporting, substance abuse and drug dealing, gun violence, and gangs. Participants will also learn ways to help young people with the development of youth-led action projects to prevent crime and build safer neighborhoods.

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Learn How Smart Teens Can Make Safer Communities

A program that provides trainers with interactive, topical lessons to use with young people to help them understand how crime affects them and their families, friends, and communities will be introduced at a workshop later this month.  The goals of the “Community Works” program are to provide a practical understanding of crime and crime prevention that’s […]

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Authorities Round Up 35 Alleged Gang Members

Those arrested include alleged members of the Latin Kings, Mexican Posse and Black Gangster Disciples accused of crimes ranging from cocaine distribution to probation violations…

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2010 Anti-Gang Summit: Leveraging the Resources of Community and Law Enforcement to Combat Gangs

No single agency can solve gang crime and violence alone. It’s imperative that all agencies work together and develop partnerships in an effort to improve the quality of life throughout Wisconsin. The 2010 Southeastern Wisconsin Anti- Gang Summit will bring diverse agencies together to learn…

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PRESS RELEASE: Milwaukee Police Announce Crime Decreases

The scores of residents who are part of Block Watch groups and neighborhood associations are the key to crime prevention in Milwaukee. What we do together with the community matters and we can prove it.

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Youth Anti-Violence Professionals Benefit from Symposium

We need to know what programs work and don’t work  - that was the message participants heard from presenters at the symposium on Best Practices in Youth Violence Prevention sponsored on July 13 by Safe & Sound.  Attended by youth professionals, law enforcement representatives, social workers, and community members, the event drew over 100 individuals […]

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Best Practices in Youth Violence Prevention Symposium

Safe & Sound and the Medical College of Wisconsin Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) are pleased to present a one-day symposium entitled Building on Our Strengths: Best Practices in Youth Violence Prevention. This event, to be held at the Marquette University Alumni Union on July 13, 2010, will feature…

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VIDEO: Chief Flynn Praises Collaborative Efforts at Safe & Sound Awareness Event

On Friday, June 4th, U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, U.S. Attorney James Santelle, District Attorney John Chisholm and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn hosted the Safe & Sound Update to the Community Luncheon. The discussion focused on Milwaukee and the important collaboration between law enforcement and crime prevention efforts. Participants were given an overview of Safe […]

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Safe Medication Disposal for Milwaukee

Safe & Sound has provided safety and awareness information to Milwaukee residents door-to-door, however most people are completely unaware of how unused medications may be abused by our young people and toxic or even deadly when not disposed of properly.

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Program to Combat Drug Trafficking Expands to Rock and Brown Counties, Kohl, Feingold Announce

Today, U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy has included Rock and Brown Counties to be designated as part of the Milwaukee High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which is one of the three prongs of the Safe & Sound strategy.

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Community Organizers Conference: Mobilizing Resources for Safer Neighborhoods

The focus of the conference is to create a dialog among community mobilizers which fosters collaborative relationships. Moreover, we hope attendees will learn about new resources and begin to see their existing neighborhood assets in a new light.

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“This city is moving in the right direction” – Chief Flynn

In a report by WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzel, Chief Flynn states that violent crime went down in Milwaukee in 2009, but relays concerns about this trend continuing. Barbara Notestein, Executive Director of Safe & Sound, was also interviewed for the segment.

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VISTA Challenges and Successes of 2009; Exciting Goals for 2010

One thing is clear; that there is no one path to success in building the capacity of Safe & Sound and Milwaukee neighborhoods. The unique talents and experiences each VISTA brings will be as diverse and the solutions they develop.

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Community Partners Report Impressive Results for 2009

Safe & Sound Community Partners is working towards decreasing criminal activity while increasing the overall quality of life for residents in Milwaukee’s high-crime, low-income neighborhoods. We look forward to 2010 and refining our strategies to have even greater impact through collaboration with law enforcement, anti-crime community organizing and youth development.

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Milwaukee’s Community Prosecutors

Milwaukee’s Community Prosecutors Community Prosecutors are Assistant District Attorney’s that work out of each of the seven Milwaukee Police Districts addressing criminal nuisance issues at the neighborhood level. Prosecutors work as part of a team to identify and leverage the most efficient resource to address criminal concerns identified by residents. Contact your District Prosecutor using […]

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Milwaukee’s NSP Community Organizers

Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Strategic Planning (NSP) Community Organizers are a valuable resource for mobilizing communities throughout the city. Eighteen NSP Organizers are funded by Milwaukee’s Community Development Block Grant funds. Safe & Sound manages the Midtown NSP 12 and works closely with other organizers staffed and supported by local non-profits. Together, we organize residents in collective efforts to […]

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Support Safe & Sound with year-end gift

These are unprecedented times. It is easy to feel fearful—for our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future. For some children and their families fear of crime and violence is a regular part of their lives.

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Safe & Sound: One of Mutual of America’s 10 Best Partnerships in U.S.

The Mutual of America Foundation announced November 19th that it has selected the 10 best non-profit partnership organizations in the United States. The New York City based foundation has notified Safe & Sound that it is one of the honorees.

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New Initiative to Fight Graffiti Announced

The mission of the peer-to-peer educational campaign is to help turn youth away from graffiti and towards more productive activities.

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Safe & Sound to hire three Community Prosecution Unit Coordinators

Safe & Sound is currently seeking three Community Prosecution Unit Coordinators to serve within targeted Safe & Sound neighborhoods. It is a needed expansion of the incredibly successful geographically based Community Prosecution Units in Milwaukee.

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Partners Educate Residents for Upcoming 2010 Census

As one block event participant later stated, “I just never really understood how important it is to our city.” Safe & Sound’s outreach and education is an opportunity to dispel myths and inform the residents in the least represented communities of why the Census is important, not only to Milwaukee, but to each and every individual and family.

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Press Conference: Crime in Milwaukee falls 12.3% overall this year

It is the day-to-day collaborative efforts of law enforcement, residents and great community mobilizers like Annie that can take pride in the 12.3% drop in crime in Milwaukee.

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2008 Safe & Sound Annual Report Now Available

Our collaborative efforts in 2008 led to a safer Milwaukee, more engaged residents, and youth committed to changing their neighborhoods while developing their skills and opportunities.

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Rock County targeted to join drug task force area

Stuck at the crossroads of major drug routes, beset by rising unemployment and stung by escalating violent crime, Rock County has experienced 12 heroin overdose deaths this year and is seeking federal help.

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Police Aide Career Opportunity for Youth

In this unique position, young women and men have the opportunity to help Milwaukee’s citizens every day as well as to enhance their own educational, physical fitness, personal, and professional development.

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Anti-Gang Summit Planned for November

There are many collaborative community and law enforcement relationships that will be highlighted at the summit in an effort to spread these successes into more and more communities.

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Block Captain Larry “Spike Bandy” Featured in Riverwest Currents

“I would urge everybody in Riverwest to get to know your neighbors and work with them. If you know who lives on your block, you know who doesn’t belong there. Start a block watch. District 5 will help. I’ll help. Safe & Sound will help. It’s something everyone can do.” “Part of my agenda is selfish,” he admits. “Riverwest is a great place to live, and I don’t want to live anywhere else. But I want it to be safe.”

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Operation Payback makes its mark after graffiti taggers leave theirs

By Tom Tolan of the Journal Sentinel
“At first, Payback was a program just for taggers on probation, Edwards said, but then word of it got out to probation officers, and some of them assigned clients with other offenses. It got so successful that similar operations were launched in police Districts 2 and 5 – which, like District 6, contain some of the city’s biggest graffiti hotspots, on the south and east sides.”

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Should we teach kids gun safety?

“This anti-gun effort was no theoretical exercise for these kids. They told me, as wise ones would a clueless relation, that guns were everywhere in their lives, in their neighborhoods.” – James E. Causey, JSOnline: Opinion

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Safe & Sound and Running Rebels Host Community Conferencing Training

Conferencing is not shaming or lecturing, rather a sharing of personal stories and experiences. Moreover, it is an opportunity to really listen to victims and to hear offenders while holding them accountable.

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Civic Leadership Institute Volunteers Intern with Safe & Sound

Safe & Sound staff appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the Civic Leadership Institute interns and to take a step back and appreciate their own efforts from a fresh perspective.

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Congresswoman Gwen Moore Welcomes New Safe & Sound VISTAs

“We will either find a way, or make one. That was the motto when I was sworn into Volunteers in Service to America in the 1970’s, and it became my personal mantra.” stated Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

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Partners Collect Resident Input for Neighborhood Strategic Planning Meetings

Safe & Sound Community Partners hit the streets with Neighborhood Strategic Planning Organizers from 18 NSP areas over several months. A total of 1,894 “quick surveys” of resident neighborhood strategic planning priorities were completed.

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Safe & Sound Receives Program of the Year Recognition

Safe & Sound Community Partners were recognized for the Program/Agency of the Year Award by the Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals.

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7th Annual Youth Leadership Conference: Best One Yet!

The 7th Annual Youth Leadership Conference was one of the best yet with the help of Safe & Sound Community Partners.

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Annual Spring Clean-up Efforts Reduce Blight, Build Community Across the City

Every April, Safe & Sound coordinates with the Department of Neighborhood Services, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Marquette University, law enforcement and a host of resident groups to organize numerous neighborhood block beautification events and neighborhood block parties. This year was no different, kicking off with nine events involving over 600 participants.

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Ongoing Training and Community Resource Updates Keeps Safe & Sound Effective

The advantages of having a team of well trained, well informed organizing staff that work with youth serving organizations across the city are many.

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First United Community Day Event Held

The first United Community Day was organized by Safe & Sound Community Partners and NSP 4 Organizer Barry Mimis…

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JSOnline Editorial: Unwanted neighbors

Closing a drug house is most effectively done when police and citizens work cooperatively. Together they can make dealers and users uncomfortable. This editorial recognizes that law enforcement cannot do their job alone and emphasizes the importance of citizen involvement in making neighborhoods safer. Link to Article

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Safe & Sound staff and block captain recognized in Mayor’s Address

The Mayor emphasized that when he took office, he made public safety a top priority. Specifically, he noted the cooperation among police officers, the clergy, community agencies and individuals which has led to “some very gratifying results.” One of the most significant results is the 65% drop in homicides among young African American men in […]

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Rose Pritchett Receives Community Service Award

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a religious organization, international in its scope, with branches in over 193 countries around the world. As part of Black History Month, the Community presented awards to 11 individuals whose dedication, contributions and achievements exemplify the standards of excellence. These contributions are recognized as a service to humanity as well […]

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Operation Payback Community Service Project

Working with 6th District Police Capt. Gaglione, Alderman Donovan, Probation and Parole, Sharon Blando of DNS Graffiti and local Safe Places, Safe & Sound Community Partners played an integral role in the removal of hundreds of instances of graffiti on homes and businesses during neighborhood improvement efforts. This project called ‘Operation Pay Back’ was highlighted […]

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Community Partner Al Hegwood Receives Starfish Award

Al Hegwood was presented with one of three Starfish Awards and honored as an unsung urban hero at the 5th Annual Restorative Justice Conference at…

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VIDEO: Southside Community Walk

This YouTube video shows residents, business owners, and law enforcement on a nieghborhood walk organized by Safe Place youth and Community Partner Maria Sandoval. The walk was part of the the United Community Center’s Crime Strategy Initiative project and reslted in the first “YCAM.” A youth led crime analysis meeting that brought together youth, residents and officials […]

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VIDEO: Southside Block Club Success Story

Safe & Sound Community Partner Annie Weidert worked with the 6th District Police and Community Prosecutors to address the immediete concerns of residents and create several new block groups in the Historic Southwest neighborhood. This video highlights two resident success stories from these efforts.

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VIDEO: A Visit to the Harambee North Neighborhood

Sometimes it takes a little closer look to see all of the positive people in a neighborhood. Join Al Hegwood of Safe & Sound for a walk and see the visible signs of residents working together to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. The video was produced as part of the Safe & […]

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Community Impact Alert: Charged Drug and Gun Crimes in Milwaukee County

Safe & Sound is a non-profit anti-crime collaboration, which is part of Milwaukee HIDTA’s community intervention strategy. The Impact Community Offense Alert is a collaborative effort…

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You can’t save them all, but you can make a difference

The black dog was curled up on the porch. The porch roof did little to protect the puppy from the fierce and bitterly cold wind that blew across its body. As I drew closer, the approximately 5 month-old stood up and…

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VIDEO: Neu-Life youth develop multi-faceted community safety project

The Neu-Life Youth Leadership group developed a community safety project with the help of Safe & Sound Community Partner Paula Butler. The talented youth were featured in the Safe & Sound 10th Anniversary Celebration video.

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Safe & Sound Hires Public Allies to Develop Youth Leadership Efforts

Caleb Streich and Stephanie Paul are Safe & Sound’s Public Allies for 10 months of service in 2008 and 2009. The Public Allies will work directly with designated Safe &…

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Milwaukee Police Department 6th Dist. News: ‘WR’ Crew Efforts

Milwaukee Police Department 6th District newsletter features collaborative effort with Safe & Sound called “Operation Payback” which has successfully removed graffiti while helping young offenders payback their debt to society. Download: MPD Newsletter

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Safe & Sound Community Partners: Mid-Year 2008 Accomplishments

Strategic planning in January and continued meetings with our community stakeholders has led to significant accomplishments towards Safe & Sound goals and outcomes already this year.

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Safe Places and Community Conferencing Opportunities

Over the years we have integrated Community Conferencing and Safe & Sound by utilizing ‘Safe Places’ as neutral locations for conferences. We are currently in the process of training…

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Better Voluntary Compliance Through Written Warnings and Resources

Safe & Sound issued 63 of 100 scheduled Department of Neighborhood Service’s warnings, but at 833 warnings to date we have already exceeded our yearly goal of 800 warnings.

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Resident Demographics

Thirty six meetings and events were facilitated in July alone by Community Partners, including neighborhood business walks, block club meetings and youth led events.

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Safe & Sound Community Partners Program Overview September 2008

In June of 2007 the Community Partners program was brought under Safe & Sound. Since then we have strengthened the best of Community Partners while developing new initiatives to address…

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Together with community stakeholders, we are holding the first annual ‘Basura Bash’ on May 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Basura (trash) Bash is an effort to build upon our diversity and community pride, while removing the signs of crime and grime from the Southside of Milwaukee.

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PRESS RELEASE: Kops and Kids Clean-up the Southside

Major Neighborhood Clean Up Saturday to Cover Huge Swath of Near South Side More than 30 Milwaukee police recruits are joining forces tomorrow with 60 children to pick up litter and beautify a large area of the city’s near south side, Ald. Bob Donovan said.

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Safe & Sound Implements ‘Talking Circles’ for at-risk youth

Talking Circles are being coordinated by our Public Ally Julie Knorowski and implemented at several Safe Places, including Kozy Park. These involve a youth led discussion centered on…

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Board Elects Chief Ed Flynn to Board of Directors

For Immediate Release,
(March 14, 2008, Milwaukee, WI)–Safe & Sound, Inc.’s Board of Directors recently elected Chief Ed Flynn of the Milwaukee Police Department to Board membership.

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Safe & Sound Ongoing Professional Development and Community Resource Education

Safe & Sound Community Partners have participated in a variety of professional development activities, some specifically oriented to their work in…

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Restorative Justice and the District Attorney’s Community Conferencing Program

Safe and Sound’s three pronged approach addresses crime by utilizing youth development, law-enforcement and community organizing. These strategies include building relationships…

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Advantages of Community Partners Joining Safe & Sound

As of June 2007, Community Partners became Safe & Sound Community Partners. Although the programs have operated under the Safe & Sound collaboration since 1997 with a shared vision of reducing…

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The Power of Collaboration: Community Partners Works Closely with Existing Resources to Achieve Objectives

Safe & Sound Community Partners continues to develop collaborative relationships…

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Board Elects District Attorney as Chair

Safe & Sound, Inc.’s Board of Directors recently elected Milwaukee County District Attorney John C. Chisholm as its Chair.

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Join Us! The Mayor Hosts an Anti-Graffitti Recognition Event

MILWAUKEE – As a part of Mayor Tom Barrett’s Strong Neighborhoods Plan the City’s Anti-Graffiti campaign will kick-off the 2015 season with a call for RESPECT! “Respect My Neighborhood. Respect Public Art” theme calls on people to help stop graffiti and make Milwaukee a better looking city. Milwaukee has taken the lead in graffiti eradication […]

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On TV: Positively Milwaukee features Harambee clean up efforts

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2015 anti-graffiti campaign kick-off calls for “Respect” to help stop graffiti

AntiGraffiti Press release 2015

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