From Gregory Davis, Managing Strategist

As there are so many concerns about crime in our society we want to offer a snapshot of our neighborhood safety work from this past half year January – June 2022. We secure resources from the city and county on behalf of the Rainier Beach neighborhood to address critical issues affecting its well being, community safety is one of those critical issues. Are strategy is to utilize programs as models to begin the work but everything we do leads to systems change in terms of how things should be done. Below is a snapshot that should reveal to the world somebody is “at the post” in Rainier Beach. Enjoy and Be Well!

 

A Beautiful Safe Place – RBAC’s effort to improve community safety in Rainier Beach
Corner Greeters – a community-led youth and neighborhood engagement non arrest crime intervention methodology: 

19 Corner Greeter planning meetings and weekly well-being checks with Corner Greeter youth engagement workers

1 Train the Trainer workshop and 2 Volunteer orientations that included how to set up, how to serve as a citizen journalist, intro to crime prevention through environmental design and conducting safety surveys

22 neighborhood pearl activitations through events or scouting activity i.e., the CG’s posted up at 5 different  locations in Rainier Beach between January and June 2022 to distribute literature and nutrition,, beautify the location, recruit volunteers Click here to see results

286 Twitter post that show youth and neighborhood engaged in positive activity – See Corner Greeter Newz – https://www.seseattlefreedomnet.org/

65 safety surveys to learn youth and adults perspectives on safety in the Rainier Beach Neighborhood

80 Residents reach through youth and neighborhood engagement activities

 

Clean Crew – a team of young adults utilizing crime prevention through environmental design to beautify the neighborhood – a beautiful neighborhood is a safe neighborhood:

19 planning and coordination sessions with Clean Crew team

30 deployments where litter pick up, graffiti cleaning occurred

7 different groups worked with including The Mayor’s Office, Northwest Kidney Center, The MIssion Continues, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Empowering Youth and Families, Boy Scout Troop 008 to coordinate neighborhood clean ups

48 volunteers through 5 large group projects

2 video shorts posted on Instagram and Seattle Public Utilities website promoting how to do CPTED and the importance of keeping ones neighborhood clean – Clean Crew CPTED How To,   SPU’s Adopt a Street Video 

4 sessions increasing knowledge of local government by providing training on the Seattle Public Utilities Find It Fix It app

 

YATTA Rising – a systems change and young adult well being strategy focusing on first responder communities

24 planning meetings to prepare for Wellness Core Classes and system/policy change recommendations

16 Wellness Core classes, topics included Young Adult Check in, Firefighters – critical first responders, 911 Dispatchers, Mental Health and Awareness, First Responders, Love and Relationships, Black Folk in Health Care

4 sessions supporting the enhancement of leadership through participation in the Youth Consortium

 

Circle keeping – a restorative justice practice to create healing, address conflict and inspire peace

Community-wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports Team (CW-PBIS)

23 PBIS Team meetings

20 meetings with Seattle Public Schools

5 Rainier Beach United Luncheons in partnership with Seattle Neighborhood Group and Southeast Safety Network/Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club

2 Neighborhood Safety Deep Dives attended by Atlantic Street Center’s Youth and Family Resource Center, Ethiopian Community Center of Seattle, Mount Baker Housing, Seattle Housing Authority, Emerson Elementary PTSA, NW Justice Project, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Rainier Beach Community Club and community members

2 PBIS culmination video shorts with the Seattle Channel providing a simple overview of CPTED principles and PBIS

1 panel presentation at the Pacific Northwest PBIS Conference, topic – Building a Community-wide PBIS and restorative justice program

1 Focus group on pedestrian safety improvements

1 neighborhood wide sign placement party – over 200 Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible yards signs posting in Rainier Beach

1 public safety decision making focus group

1 advocacy effort with Emerson Elementary School PTA resulting in Seattle Parks and Recreation committing to full transformation of Hutchinson Park

5 organizations/business supported with neighborhood safety assessment – Rainier Beach Branch Seattle Public Library, Valley Cities Behavioral Health, Creamy Cone, Kaju Fit Club, Youthcare

4 PBIS articles, 23 Facebook posts, 2 South Seattle Emerald articles – RBAC and Community Continue Public Safety EffortsWhat Led To An Impending Hutchinson Park Overhaul 

 

Restorative Resolutions – a network of organizations supporting youth and families who are victims of gun violence

6 network meetings held with partners

6 organizations contracted with to provide critical incident responding, quick access to resources, community gatherings, training, restorative justice6

6 circle keepers trained and ready at a moment’s notice

6 community wide circles – topics included: RESToration, Sharing Our Roots, Restoration Circle, Celebrating the Women and Girls of South Seattle, Mastering my Melaning Part 1 and 2, Disaster Readiness

 

Click to read about the impact this work has on the neighborhood Manual_Spring.QR_06.22.pdf (7 downloads)