Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth (ABSPY)
We use an innovative, community-led approach to reduce violence that affects youth in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.
Our initiative builds on the community’s vision for the Rainier Beach neighborhood as a beautiful and safe place where youth can grow and thrive, developed through the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update process in 2012
We identify and address the place-based causes of youth victimization and crime
at five focus locations, known as "hotspots
" in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. We engage the Rainier Beach community, Seattle Police, and many other community-based organizations, businesses, and schools to implement non-arrest interventions.
The place-based, non-arrest approach is founded on research
at George Mason University's (GMU) Center for Evidence-Based Crime Prevention Policy
, which determined that crime impacting youth is highly concentrated at place. The research further indicates that formal criminal justice approaches can have negative outcomes for youth, their futures, their families and their community.