Soraya Palmer is the youth programs specialist for Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) at the Mediation Center. She earned her BA in Africana Studies from Connecticut College and her M.F.A in creative writing from Virginia Tech. Previously she taught Freshman English and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech while spearheading a one on one mentoring program for African American girls. Before this she worked as a student advisor at Harlem Children’s Zone. She was born and raised in Flatbush and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Tiffany Murray is the Program Manager for Save Our Streets Bedford-Stuyvesant. Tiffany has been involved with S.O.S. and the Save Our Streets Clergy Action Network since the beginning of 2013. Previously, Tiffany worked for Catholic Charities Community Services working with individuals with mental illnesses, trauma, and addictions. Prior to that time, Tiffany worked with individuals living with HIV/AIDS, at risk youth, and with families around end of life issues while working as a Chaplain. Tiffany earned a BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Tiffany has been touched by gun violence personally as she has lost friends to death and prison. It motivates her to assist others so they do not lose their lives or their futures to the streets. She believes that one way a community can heal is by coming together in unity, learning to have pride in who they are, and connecting them with the resources to empower themselves. Her goal is to find ways to build the community up by leaving a lasting legacy of hope, faith, and love.