As hot dogs sizzled on the grill and children ducked through the crowd laughing, Operation H.O.O.D. Director Derick Latif Scott proudly welcomed the group assembled to celebrate the grand opening of their new Coney Island location.
Operation H.O.O.D. (Helping Our Own Develop) was founded in 2015 as a project of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI). Since it’s inception, Operation H.O.O.D., under the leadership of its visionary Program Director, Derick Latif Scott, has had phenomenal success in changing behaviors toward gun violence and mobilizing the community to raise awareness about violence and promote community norms that reject violence.