Street Soldiers National Consortium
About The Consortium
The Street Soldiers National Consortium is a group of professionals and organizations dedicated to preventing violence by using and promoting the violence prevention model developed by the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers in San Francisco, California. Founded in October 2003, the Consortium was developed at the request of street soldiers across the country who felt the need for a formal organization that would support them as they combat violence in their communities. The mission of the Consortium is to keep young people alive (unharmed by violence) and free (from incarceration) by promoting the understanding and adoption of this model. The founder and President of the Consortium is Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. PhD, co-founder and Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers.
The Street Soldiers violence prevention model may well continue to evolve, but its core principle of seeing violence as a public health disease will remain a key principle that all Consortium members espouse. Viewing violence from a public health perspective:
- frames violence at the community and individual level as treatable and avoidable;
- identifies specific precursors of violence as avoidable;
- identifies young people--including perpetrators of violence--as victims of the disease of violence rather than as "bad" people, while at the same time placing responsibility to reduce the risk of violence on the individuals themselves;--and
- provides specific methods and techniques for individuals and organizations to prevent violence in themselves and in their communities.
Long-term activities for the Consortium include:
- Creation of a "train the trainer" program to increase the number of individuals available to train individuals and organizations in the Omega methodology;
- Developing an army of street soldiers to combat and prevent violence in communities around the nation and around the world;
- Sponsoring regional and national conferences to teach and promote the Omega violence prevention methodology.
Those interested in becoming members of the Consortium should contact the Omega Boys Club.