Finding the Perfect Storm
In order to replicate the Inner Harbor Project’s model in other spaces, it is essential to ensure that the necessary elements are in place for the model to succeed. Answering “yes” to the following questions means it’s likely that the Inner Harbor Project’s model will work to increase safety and inclusivity in a given area.
Is there an identifiable public space that teenagers don’t feel welcome in? Or one in which they feel treated unfairly by adults when they visit?
Is there an identifiable public space that teenagers want access to?
Is there an individual who can act as an interlocutor or a bridge between youth and stakeholders?
Are there disproportionate juvenile crime and arrests in this space compared to nearby adjacent spaces?
Is there a group of invested stakeholders who care about decreasing juvenile crime and recognize or could be convinced that arrests, curfews and store bans are ineffectual?
Do stakeholders have the resources to fund an alternative effort to decrease crime and promote inclusivity?
Do stakeholders have the power to implement systemic changes within their organizations?