About

To assist in reversing the trend of senseless gun violence in our inner cities by advocating peace amongst street organizations and youth.

Stop Shootin’, Inc. was founded in November 2005 to combat a sense of desperation amongst many of our inner city youth. With the rise of gun violence and the lack of opportunities for the youth in our community, a group of young men bravely decided to step up and serve as positive role models for young people to follow. Since its founding, it has been creating quite a buzz as youth, community residents, local businesses and politicians have been inspired and are spreading the Stop Shootin’, Inc. message in our community.

Stop Shootin’, Inc. was born in the Central Ward’s Baxter Terrace, where all of the founding members were raised. Each of the three founders has been affected in some way by senseless gun violence and has witnessed several friends and loved ones die. When their “Community Mother” Sonia Rodriguez was hit by a stray bullet as she looked out her second floor window, everyone was outraged. The group of close friends decided that they had to begin spreading a message of nonviolence while becoming more active in the community.

MISSION

Stop Shootin’s mission is to assist in reversing the trend of senseless gun violence in our inner cities by advocating peace amongst street organizations and youth. Our goal is to promote programs and events that provide young people
with educational, cultural and economic alternatives to crime.

VISION

To create and maintain a self-sustaining organization through economic and business development while creating streams of revenue to help fund our social programs and services. Stop Shootin’ will continue to expand and will eventually spread our campaign against senseless gun violence nationwide.

ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES

Stop Shootin’ operates in accordance with the highest standards in all relationship with business partners, customers, youth and the communities we serve. Stop Shootin’, Inc. fosters an organizational climate, which encourages innovation and diligence amongst staff and rewards accordingly.

1. Provide programming and events that provide young people with educational, cultural and economic alternatives to crime.

2. Build a sustainable, comprehensive model of social entreprenuership that targets the needs of urban youth and ex-offenders.

3. Work in Newark’s most violent and drug-infested communities, including some of the city’s toughest public housing.