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Giving Tuesday-your participation determines our effectiveness in protecting your children

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GivingTuesday is a national day of giving following Thanksgiving.

We hope you will keep the Schools Unite Network (SUN) tech-based youth safety initiative iin mind on this day of generosity.

To make a fully tax-deductible donation you may go to PayPal http://sunnyc.org/donate or visit us at  SUNnyc.org

 Crime in the city is being driven by an age group anywhere between 13 and 19 years old, be it gangs, be it crews or...troubled children…Right now [the NYPD is] getting a lot better at conflict resolution. We’re getting a whole lot better at solving issues before taking enforcement…It doesn’t start at my level, it starts at the local level, which is why I appreciate the Schools Unite Network (SUN).   Ramon Garcia, NYPD’s Director of School Safety for NYC speaker at SUN's October 2014 Annual Safety Conference

Our activities for 2013-2015 include:

1. The Schools Unite Network's Ninth Annual Schools Unite Network (SUN) Safety Conference for public, private, parochial and charter schools in Manhattan in cooperation with the NYPD School Safety Division, Patrol Borough Manhattan North, and local police precincts. The October 2014 conference was hosted by Hunter College Campus Schools, a member institution of the Schools Unite Network program.*

This year’s conference focused on:

  • Fostering a deeper relationship and respect for the school, parent and NYPD partnership
  • Increasing awareness of safety concerns by school and parent communities
  • Increasing information sharing through the Schools Unite Network
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2. Providing summer internships for IT and outreach to high school, college and post-graduate students to help develop and build IT and interpersonal skills through SUN's unique technology-based program activated to help reduce crime and prevent delinquency.

 

3. SUN Safety Meeting with the NYPD and parent safety representatives designated by your school and/or Parents Association to increase communication and safety of your children. Invitations will be emailed in 2015 to parent safety reps signed up to receive SUN Alerts.

 

4. In cooperation with the NYPD Counter-Terrorism Division Shield Program, School Safety Officers and local police precincts, the Police Liaison Group that administers SUN, held its first citywide Best Safety Practices Conference for Private School Administrators in New York.  This half day conference held in 2013 was sponsored by First Republic Bank.

* School membership benefits include distribution of sensitive information to heads of schools and their designees concerning potential threats to their students and staff.  For information on becoming a Schools Unite Network member school, contact us through SUNnyc.org

The Schools Unite Network, administered by the Police Liaison Group (PLG), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1993, and is a member of the NYPD Shield Program. The PLG’s mission is to help improve the quality of life and safety...

What is SUN?

SUN is an important safety initiative for children, activated in cooperation with the NYPD to help keep youths on track, prevent delinquency and reduce crime concerning youths, including drug dealing, gang activity, pedophilia, and substance abuse.  SUN began on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the spring of 2006 and now has thousands of individuals from over 100 schools receiving SUN Alerts in Manhattan alone.

How does SUN work?

SUN transmits Incident Reports from parents, schools and community members to appropriate decision makers at the NYPD, when necessary, for their attention. SUN is especially effective in dispelling rumors circulating on the street and Internet, reducing fear and panic when a situation arises, and mobilizing the community when necessary, since SUN, established as a reliable source, rapidly disseminates recommended courses of action from the NYPD to our parent subscribers and member schools by issuing SUN Alerts.

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