Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. is a non-profit service agency. Since this single issue, not-for-profit organization was formed in 2006, by Jackie Rowe-Adams with support from NY State Assemblyman, Keith L. T. Wright, a wide range of services have been provided to mothers and fathers of youths in NYC areas that have been victims of gun violence. On a regional and national level we also meet with other organizations to discuss ways in which we can all move forward to a better solution for all.
Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. regularly trains and supports our First Responders Team. Our First Responders Team is trained to ease the processing of the lost of a loved one. We offer our services as family spokespersons, liaisons.
Professional Counseling & Peer to Peer Support Groups, to help those in need through the grieving process. We understand the process and can relate to the challenges faced because in addition to professional training, most cases are handled by mothers and fathers that have themselves been similarly affected in the past.
To educate on the conditions, and social and financial costs of gun violence on our youths, Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. employ the power of the media to bring attention to the issue of gun violence by giving a voice to those affected by such tragedies. We often appear on local radio and television shows challenging the youth to put down their guns; parents to take back control of their children; Faith leaders; and community leaders to ensure that there are quality social service programs to fill the needs of the community that can often lead young men and women into too often regrettable decisions.
Teaching kids to make the right choices, with hope of guiding them away from the path to gun violence, is one the main goal of setting up safe street play days along with other family and kid friendly events at Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. Its also why we coordinate with Police PAL and other organizations and work with the community at large in efforts to help give kids and families support and necessary resources to those in need.
We fight daily battles with the courage that hope gives us in an effort to find solutions to the proliferation of illegal guns on NYC streets.
It takes a team of dedicated volunteers to make sure our organization is reaching out to as many communities as it can so kids everywhere are educated on the matter of the right approach. We're fortunate to have some of the best dedicating their time, energy, and expertise to our cause. Lifetime supports and diligent workers Dorothy Payne who loss one son and Ella B. Thomas who loss two-sons are on hand to assist daily. No parent should have to bury their child. The pain of losing a son or daughter is even more acute, however, when their death occurs through something as unnecessary as gun violence. With this bitter realization many our mothers also volunteer their time; hopeful that they can prevent another parent from experiencing the suffering they’ve endured.
Summer Youth Employment Program
Through SYEP Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. provides a healthy and safe environment for young men and women between the ages of fourteen and twenty four. For the 6 weeks of the program we teach young people necessary hands on skills as well as handle the educational portion of the program that is mandatory for the Younger Youth (14 & 15 year olds).
Hands on training includes:
Office operations - Phone etiquette, email etiquette, filing, inventory.
Community Outreach - working with local religious and community organizations.
Summer Play Street
Summer Play Street by Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. is run in conjunction with SYEP so that the young men and women, work the event as a part of the community outreach training. They work with other volunteers and program participants to learn varied skills such a DJ'ing, arts & craft, playing games with Play Street attendants from ages 4 and up.
Educational Component of NYEP 2016
This year the educational component of NYEP consisted of the following
- Speaker forum - Motivational Speaker/College Prep professional, Rev. Ronald Sullivan
- Speaker forum - NYPD representatives
- Speaker forum - Harlem Hospital Health Professionals
- Data research for on line Newsletter.
- Group writing and grammar exercise with Newsletter data.
- Put together Newsletter using Adobe iNdesign.
Our team of mothers and fathers reach out with encouraging and hopeful smiles.