The day after the Mayoral election, teens from around the city will sign on here for a live chat about relations between young people and the police. Afterward, participants will share their viewpoints by recording their own Message to the Mayor.
This online conversation will give young people the opportunity to share their own stories and voice their ideas for restoring trust and improving police-community relations with police in the NYC.
18-year-old Sarah Murslim from the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) will host the live chat with Jennifer Fratello, Research Director at the Vera Institute of Justice and author of their recent study on stop-and-frisk policing, joining the conversation.
Afterward, teens will integrate what they learned and shared in the live chat to create their own Message to the Mayor - like this amazing video Sarah made:
****RSVP to Courtney Stein from Radio Rookies (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know if you'd be interested in hearing more and taking part!
After school Wednesday, November 6th, 4:00PM-5:00PM
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
Access to computers (at least 1 computer for every 2-3 teens)
WHY FOCUS ON POLICING?
The Vera Institute of Justice recently published the results of a study on how being stopped-and-frisked affects the perceptions of 13-25-year-old New Yorkers, those most likely to be stopped. Trust in law enforcement among these young people is alarmingly low. This has significant public safety implications as young people who have been stopped are often are less willing to report crimes, even when they themselves are the victims.
Media coverage of crime and violence in New York City rarely represents the perspective of young people of color, who are most often the victims of violent crime. This series of Radio Rookies stories allows listeners to hear directly from young people reporting on their own experiences with the police and the experiences of others in their neighborhoods.