Scared Stiff Program
The Scared Stiff program brings together professionals and community leaders together in order to express their concerns of gun violence in the community and to illustrate graphically the impact of gun violence on the community and the destruction of such acts. The program is taken directly into the schools, community centers, recreation centers, juvenile detention centers, and other public forums and will focus on the devastation that occurs when individuals in the community dies from gun shot wounds.
The program is a part of the Association of Midnight Basketball’s health component and is designed to create positive interaction and venues that decrease at-risk youth’s involvement in gun violence within the community. Searching for ways to curb community gun violence, the Scared Stiff program strives to help teens and young adults (ages 13 – 25 years) develop a new respect for life by collaborating with concerned religious leaders, public officials, parents, educators, and concerned citizens.
The program presents teens and young adults with a candid and graphic view of the destructive toll of gun violence and its impact on the community. Ultimately, however, the purpose is to dispel the myth in the minds of at-risk youths that: 1) violent death is honorable and a way of life in urban society and 2) viewing casual gun violence as an acceptable means of resolving conflicts.
Program Overall Objectives:
The Program seeks to:
- Identify ways to reduce gun violence in San Francisco.
- Redirect at-risk youths’ energies toward positive social goals.
- Teach community responsibility.
- Secure suitable employment for participants enabling them to achieve self – actualization in employment.
- Enrich the cultural and moral life of participants in the community.
- Provide the opportunity for participants to enrich their lives by providing knowledge, appreciation, and understanding pursuant to their history, culture, and heritage.
- At-risk youths and young adults, ages 13 – 25
- Resides in San Francisco and surrounding areas.
- Educational Opportunities
- Organized Basketball Leagues
- Jr. Association of Midnight Basketball League (13 – 17-years-old)
- Mandatory Workshops before games (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
- Association of Midnight Basketball (17 – 25-years-old)
- Mandatory Workshops before games from 8:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.
- Information and Referral Services from the:
- Health Department;
- Police Department;
- Fire and EMT Departments;
- Department of Motor Vehicle;
- Educational Institutions;
- Public Defender ‘s Office; and
- The Child Support Bureau.
- Employment – referrals from EDD and Goodwill Employment agencies
- Health – The Health Department comes and gives physicals to the participants along with gives nutritional and health advise.
- Social Services – One of the staff members will provide case management.
- Mental Health.
- General Assistance
- Discussions, Presentations, and Videos, such as: a) violence is a learned behavior and can be unlearned; b) stopping Violence is everyone’s responsibility; c) violence hurts; it is not entertainment, fun , or glamorous; d) violence spreads.; e) violence begets violence; and f ) violence is not an effective way to solve problems.
Partnerships and Referrals:
- At-Risk youth and young adults
- Tenant Managers
- Parole and Probation Departments
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Religious Organizations
- Community Based Organizations
For more information, contact:
Lawrence C. Gray, Jr.
CEO/President, Association of Midnight Basketball, Inc.
Office: 415-861-4559 | Cell: 925-457-0757
Victor Travis –Teen Clinic
1000 Cayuga Avenue
San Francisco, CA. 94112
Office: 415-469-4090 | Cell: 510- 677-1363