On March 11, 2015, DNAinfo Bedford-Stuyvesant published a feature article about the work of Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy and Program Manager Juan Ramos. The article focused on how the new organization has already impacted the community through the implementation of credible messengers, employment services, legal services, and community building.
Brooklyn native Juan Ramos received a second chance after leaving behind a life of crime.
The former gang leader now heads Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy, a recently established anti-gun violence program that provides a support system for at-risk individuals and helps mediate conflicts on neighborhood blocks.
The organization launched last fall and is modeled after S.O.S Crown Heights, which employs locals with ties to the street and former gang members who act as peacemakers. Both are projects of the Center for Court Innovation.
Ramos, 40, said he hopes to bring his experiences to the role of program manager and replicate the guidance he received in his youth.
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