In 2012 a project led by the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative in collaboration with George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, the Rainier Beach Action Coalition (the merger of the Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition and Rainier Beach Moving Forward), and the Seattle Neighborhood Group conducted crime research in Rainier Beach.

Based on the results and findings we were able to identify the 5 street corners in the area that are most prevalent for youth crime. Combining the data and community ideas gathered at United Story’s 2014 The Gathering event and Breaking the Pane workshops, strategies to reduce youth crime were conceived. A number of activities are functions of Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth (RB ABSPY) like the Rainier Beach Back 2 School Bash, RB Town Hall Meetings, Safe Passage operated by King County Boys and Girls Club and the pioneering Greeter Corners.

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