Toronto group to paint mural to bring hope to homeless in NYC Special

Posted Jun 13, 2011 by KJ Mullins
Yesterday Scott Mills and a group from Toronto took off to New York City to take part in the #140conf. While there, they plan on painting a mural to give hope to the city's homeless and raise awareness worldwide as part of a project of Invisible People.
Canadian Heroes van that Scott Mills and a Toronto group left for NYC in on Sunday!
Canadian Heroes van that Scott Mills and a Toronto group left for NYC in on Sunday!
permission from Scott Mills
Scott Mills (Toronto Social Media Cop) & Steve Welton (Hamilton Social Media Cop) have been teaming up to bridge gaps between youth and the police using social media to showcase the positive impacts youth can make with a little leadership. Graffiti artists Kedre Browne, Jessey Phade Pacho, and youth mentor Kevin Savenco hope to raise awareness about homeless issues using the graffiti art form. They took off from Toronto in the Canadian Heroes truck that Chris Ecklund provided to support the cause.
Last week Scott Mills and I discussed the venture taking place this week that began earlier this year. Scott is a constable with the Toronto Police and a huge part of CrimeStoppers. Earlier this year, he and some amazing graffiti artists were at an event where Jeff Pulver, an American Internet entrepreneur, attended.
"Pulver is huge in social media! He invited all of us to the #140conf in New York. He also helped us with funding for the trip along with Chris Ecklund who is providing us with transportation."
Mills is devoted to bridging the gap between youth and the police. One of the ways he and other officers are doing this is through graffiti arts.
This week long odyssey will also highlight the importance of CrimeStoppers.
"We are preventing so many crimes right now in the Toronto area and worldwide with Crimestoppers," Mills said. "We now need to gain corporate funding for the program with someone like Virgin's Sir Richard Branson. CrimeStoppers is more than just tips that solve crimes. It's a way to prevent them and to bridge the gap. When a tip comes in there the witness is protected. No one, not even the president of the United States can get their name."
Mills smiled on that note relating an incident that was prevented that then President George Bush wanted information about the witness. Bush was out of luck. The identity of the witness was not released.
In New York this week, the group will be hard at work painting and spreading good will. Look for updates on their adventure.