Event Release: SAFE! Team Office of Violence Prevention Block Party

Special Press Release for Event in July!


July 15, 2-6pm

O’Fallon Park

799 E Taylor Ave, St. Louis, MO 63147

Saint Louis Story Stitchers performing “3 Steps Back”

Deejay, free food and free gun safety locks will be on hand.

Link to STL Dept of Public Safety event press release here

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Unintentional Shootings PSA Campaign

The SAFE! Campaign has been supported in part with funds from the

St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective produced a PSA campaign to support public health and safety education to reduce unintentional shootings involving children and youth in St. Louis. According to 5 On Your Side data, 140 children under the age of 17 were victims of gun violence in 2022 in the St. Louis area of Missouri and Illinois. Eighteen of them died.

Story Stitchers took the raw content collected from community, filtered it through experts in the field of public health messaging, and worked with professionals to refine the concepts and generate final videos and static photographic images conveying the messaging. The art works are ready for dissemination for public viewing using social media and other media channels including bus shelter posters and bus kings.

For Families:

Guns are adult’s responsibility, never a child’s responsibility. Keep all firearms unloaded, locked, and stored separately from ammunition. Teach your children to stop and take 3 steps back and to tell an adult if they see a gun. Be sure kids know they will not be in trouble for telling.

For Children, 5-10 years old:

Hands Away! Don’t Play!

Stop! Take 3 steps back and tell an adult if you see a gun. Stay Safe!

For Teens 10-14 years old:

Trust  Yourself

Trust Your Instincts

Don’t touch it, get away, don’t follow peers blindly, get help, tell an adult, have strategies  ready to leave your group if needed

SAFE! Campaign Compilation

Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, 2022. All rights reserved.

Licensed to St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, 2022.

Officer Harris appears with permission of the Chief of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Work in this campaign is available for educational use with permission only. Use request must align with the mission and principles of Saint Louis Story Stitchers.

Please send an email to storystitchers@gmail.com to inquire. Also to view all the videos.

Additional Resources

“Every year, nearly 350 children unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else when they find unlocked, loaded guns. It is always the adults responsibility keeping all firearms locked, unloaded, and stored separately from ammunition.” — Everytown for Gun Safety’s Be SMART Program

Be Smart

St. Louis Violence Prevention Commmission

Educators for Gun Safety

City of St. Louis Violence Prevention Initiatives

City of St. Louis Office of Violence Prevention


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