Based on the Broken Windows Theory, ASEZ’s Reduce Crime Together campaign aims to create clean and safe communities through cleanups and graffiti removal events. Research has shown that eliminating visible signs of disorder, such as litter, detracts crime and increases community cooperation. With this in mind, university students all throughout the East Coast clean, revamp and beautify community spaces on and around their campuses. They also host crime prevention, such as Human-Trafficking prevention, forums. These forums bring together students, community members and leaders to discuss how everyone can play a part in ensuring the safety of their neighborhoods.
Recognizing ASEZ’s positive impact on their communities, thousands of local and high-level officials and dignitaries have expressed their support by signing MOUs and agreements of understanding.
ASEZ partnered with NYS Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner for a graffiti removal project in the Bronx. Students cleaned graffiti and picked up trash along Sedgewick Avenue,
On October 27, ASEZ students from SUNY College of Old Westbury, Nassau Community College (NCC), NYIT, Hofstra University and Adelphi University joined forces to revitalize Hempstead Lake State Park. Carrying out yet another Reduce Crime Together cleanup, the student volunteers were able to remove 26 bags of litter from the area—revamping a major space for the community of West Hempstead.
On October 27, ASEZ volunteers from New Hampshire and Massachusetts joined together to clean Granite Street Bridge in Manchester, NH as part of their Reduce Crime Together initiative. The Mayor of the City of Manchester Joyce Craig attended to show her support for the volunteers’ efforts. In unity, the volunteers removed more than 400 pounds of trash, leaving a more pleasant space for the residents of Hillsborough County.
ASEZ students hosted their Crime Prevention Forum at the University of Louisville with several professors and influential guest speakers.
ASEZ volunteers from several Capital Region colleges held their Zero Crime Street Cleanup in Albany, NY. They were joined by Judge Regina Rinaldi and Councilman Owusu Aneke.
ASEZ volunteers from various universities and community colleges held a cleanup at the Wrigley Park neighborhood of Paterson, NJ. They removed a total of 50 bags of trash.
On August 18, ASEZ volunteers from various colleges and universities in the Bronx and Staten Island joined together to clean Randall Avenue in the Bronx, NY. Together with Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, the volunteers collected over 400 bags of trash.
The Church of God Orchestra and New Jerusalem Choir performed at the Lincoln Center for ASEZ’s Working Together for World Peace concert. During the concert, on behalf of the NYS Assembly, Assemblyman Nader Sayegh presented a citation to ASEZ in recognition of their outstanding volunteerism.