Our first training, “When Critical Seconds Count”, was developed by a father of a son who was murdered, an RN from a local hospital’s emergency room and an EMT whose nephew died to gun violence. Through their passion, over 1,000 youth were trained across Allegheny County in how to literally take the shirt off their backs to stop bleeding in those critical seconds before the EMT’s arrive. In addition, the youth were challenged to think about their safety and stay alert to dangerous situations. Some of the youth were so moved by the training, that the Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project paid for several to be trained in First Aid and CPR, and two students went on to be trained as EMTs.
Sadly, because of family concerns, the leaders of When Critical Seconds Count could no longer offer the trainings, so WSP is providing a new training called “Get Home Safely.” The WSP challenged youth from the summer jobs program in 2016 to create simple rules for getting home safely, as though they were talking to a younger sibling. With the help of the Wilkinsburg Youth Project staff, they created a 3 minute DVD which is available on You Tube at _______________________ to help jump start a conversation about what youth need to do to get home safely.