A couple of years ago, in response to an increase in muggings and assaults that occurred in their community in Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, a group of men came up with a simple, yet empowering solution.
They would meet women, children and the elderly at the train station and offer to walk them home.
In addition to that, the men that formed the group We Make Us Better also organize people to walk the streets in order to talk and engage directly with the young people in the community.
Read here for more details, but these quotes from a couple of the founders excerpts say so much:
“I decided we can’t have these people terrorizing our young women and children and we’re not speaking up and making our presence felt.”
The group’s organizers hope to set up a mentoring program soon and are meeting with local community organizations so they can refer people they meet to special services.
“When I see these kids, I don’t judge them, I understand who they are and what they are and as black men, we can just talk to them on their level.”
Have a Fantastic Friday everyone!