• Rahson Johnson, Youth Programs Specialist

    Rahson began working at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center as a Youth Programs Assistant for Y.O. S.O.S. and lead facilitator for a boys group at Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School. Rahson is passionate about working with young people and has done such services for over ten years.

    His journey to this platform stems from his earlier brush with the criminal justice system and his poor decision-making as a sixteen year old boy growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn. From this experience, he put together the pieces of his life and emerged as a respectful and responsible man committed to shaping the minds of young people through education and character development, further realizing  that his transformation could help transform their lives too.

    Rahson is a college graduate and holds a Bachelor’s of Behavioral Science and a Master’s of Professional Studies with a major concentration in Urban Ministry. He is very excited about working at the Crown Heights Mediation Center.


  • Rudy Suggs, Crown Heights Outreach Worker Supervisor

    Rudy Suggs has been a Crown Heights resident for over 40 years. Rudy joined the SOS team in 2009, first as a volunteer and then became a Violence Interrupter in 2010. He became an Outreach Worker in 2014. Rudy was featured in a New York Times profile on December 25th, 2012, “A One time drug dealer now working to combat the plague of violence.”


  • Shawn Deverteuil, Make It Happen Men’s Empowerment Coordinator

    Shawn Deverteuil is the Men’s Empowerment Coordinator for the Make It Happen program at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. Shawn has ties to the Crown Heights community having grown up there. Shawn works with the Director of Trauma Support Services by providing our young men of color with supportive victim services, both individual and group counseling, as we help members figure out what healthy masculinity can be for them.

    Shawn believes that violence can have a traumatic impact on the lives of young men of color, affecting their overall health and livelihood. This trauma combined on average with a lack of general support they may feel they have in their given community and lack of help-seeking behaviors, contributes to the overall social disadvantages they face in society. A goal within the Make It Happen program is to create trusting, organic working relationships with our members where they can feel comfortable sharing any underlying feelings or concerns they may have while getting the proper support they need to succeed in life.


  • Shneaqua Purvis, Bed-Stuy Outreach Worker


  • Sophie Aroesty, Anti-Violence Projects Coordinator

  • Soraya Palmer, Youth Programs Specialist

    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, S.O.S. Bed-Stuy Program Manager

    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.