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Flipping the Script
Teens use theater to combat violence
author image With the teen organization Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), Sashwat participates in a theater performance designed to combat violence.

One evening in April, 50 people packed themselves into a small storefront space in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I was there among the crowd to watch a performance by members of Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S), a group of teens organizing... [more]

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