through the years
Some highlights from 25 years with the Tacoma nonprofit:
Jan. 26, 1989: Meeting at Foss High School, the first meeting that led to Safe Streets.
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May 1989: Safe Streets launches its first community project. Volunteers paint over gang-related graffiti on weekends.
September 1989: Ash Street Shootout in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma.
1995: Safe Streets is awarded the Outstanding Coalition Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.
1996: Safe Streets receives letter of commendation from President Bill Clinton, and is invited to attend the White House Leadership Conference on Youth, Drug Use and Violence.
1998: Safe Streets launches Youth Leading Change program.
2007: Safe Streets begins its March Against Crime campaign, which organizes community marches for the last Friday in June.
2008: Safe Streets works with a South Tacoma neighborhood to restrict the sale of high-alcohol products through an Alcohol Impact Area, which is approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
2009: Safe Streets takes part in Citizens Against Prostitution campaign focused along Pacific Avenue in South Tacoma.
2010: The first Change Award ceremony is held to recognize outstanding youth projects within Pierce County middle and high schools.
2012: In partnership with the City of Tacoma and Rebuilding Together South Sound, Safe Streets takes part in Neighborhood Makeover Week. The weeklong effort focuses on beautification projects including planting gardens and repairing homes.
2013: Safe Streets begins its Renters Solution project in partnership with credit union BECU. The project educates families living in multi-family houses about their rights and responsibilities.