Join us for the next online Public Safety Deep Dive on August 4th @ 2:30 to meet your neighbors and learn evidence-based practices for how to build and maintain a safe, positive environment at your organization. 

Want a sneak peek? Here you go…

People reach out to us all the time asking how they can be involved in our work to make the neighborhood safer. Easy. Here are 3 simple things you can do every single day to make Rainier Beach a beautiful, safe place for youth:

  • Give Kudos! Recognize people when they’re being safe, respectful, and responsible in the neighborhood. The more specific, the better! Research has shown time and time again that positive reinforcement improves behavior at work, at home, at school, you name it. Notice one of your colleagues working hard to finish a project? Tell ‘em! See your kids putting their blocks away after they’re finished? Give ‘em a sticker! Recognize a restaurant’s efforts to keep everybody safe during COVID? Give ‘em a 5-star review on Yelp! 

The simple little things we do to recognize each other build our community. We envision a neighborhood full of positive interaction, where community members are encouraged and affirmed everywhere they go all throughout the day. 

  • Say ‘hi’ to a neighbor, especially youth. Some of us might remember the old Cheers theme song – Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came…” It feels good to be known and greeted by name, doesn’t it? It’s because we’re meant to live in community and to be in relationship with one another. So, say ‘hi’ to your neighbor. That could be your neighbor next door, your neighbor at the office, others at the park or on the bus, anyone and everyone. 

Being connected with one another helps to increase public safety. Remember doing something naughty, then stopping it immediately, because you saw someone you knew? The same thing happens in our neighborhood, which is why we gotta get to know each other. 

  • Beautify! Notice an empty can on the sidewalk while you’re out on a walk? Help us out by picking it up and tossing it in the next recycling bin. The reason is that all places project a clear message about what is okay to do there. Unfortunately, sometimes the message is that nuisance is acceptable. Addressing image and reputation is fundamental to changing negative uses to positive ones and maintaining a safe environment over time. We envision a beautiful neighborhood, full of people caring for it, where people love raising their kids and are proud to live.

Seattle’s Find It Fix It app, can be downloaded onto your phone and is a great way to take care of things like dumping, overgrown walkways, damaged city property, potholes, etc. 

Join us for the next online Public Safety Deep Dive on August 4th @ 2:30 to learn more evidence-based practices for building and maintaining a safe positive environment at your organization. 

And there’s more…

Right now we’re offering FREE public safety assessments and reports for Rainier Beach organizations. Email stew@rbactioncoaltion.org to schedule yours now!

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