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Safe Streets Campaign

Contact Information

622 Tacoma Ave S, Fl 1
Tacoma, WA 98402

(253) 272-9586

Focus Areas

  • Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Education & Youth
  • Public Safety

Safe Streets unites and inspires youth, neighbors, and businesses to build safe, healthy, thriving communities.

  • About Us
    In 1989, community leaders called a public meeting to discuss strategies to address the extreme violence related to gang and drug activity in Pierce County. Approximately 200 people were expected to attend, but over 2,000 flooded into the high school gymnasium that night. From this gathering, Safe Streets was born as a grassroots initiative to empower neighbors to unite against crime. Over the past 30 years, Safe Streets has engaged thousands of neighborhood members, community partners and youth in proven and research-based strategies designed to build community capacity and increase public safety.
  • Our Impact
    Today we continue to build communities’ capacity to address their local concerns and to improve quality of life. In response to changing community needs, our work is increasingly focused on (1) creating safe, positive and inclusive neighborhood environments where children and youth can thrive, and (2) engaging and supporting young people to become tomorrow’s civic leaders.

    We accomplish this work through our three primary programs, Neighborhood Organizing, Youth Leading Change, and the Imagine Justice Project.

    Visit our website to learn more about our work and its impact: www.safest.org

Positions at Safe Streets Campaign

Safe Streets Campaign Programs

The Imagine Justice Project

Young people often come into contact with the criminal justice system as a result of normal adolescent behavior, such as taking risks and pushing boundaries. Due to institutional racism and implicit bias, this happens more often for Black and Brown youth through the over-policing of communities of color, racial profiling, and disproportionate minority sentencing. The isolation and stigma surrounding criminal justice system involvement create additional barriers preventing youth and young adults from achieving their full potential. Protective factors, such as participation in positive youth development programs and connection to caring adults, can create safe and supportive environments for youth that prevent and reduce contact with the criminal justice system. The Imagine Justice Project is a collaborative Pierce County effort to strengthen youth development and advance equitable, community-centered justice systems. One of the primary strategies of the Imagine Justice program is to leverage AmeriCorps volunteers to build the capacity of local organizations to provide culturally responsive, trauma-informed positive youth development programs, and services.