Senator Montgomery Salutes Women Institutional Leaders!

Senator Velmanette Montgomery

March 22, 2016

May I introduce the remarkable women of the 25th Senate District...

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you will join me in celebrating Women’s History Month and the distinguished accomplishments  of women throughout New York State. From our Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul; to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore; to Kathy Sheehan and Lovely Warren, the first women to serve as Mayors of  Albany and Rochester; New York women are breaking barriers in all levels of government.

For the first time in history, the public education systems in New York State and New York City are led  by women - SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher; Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa;  State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia; and NYC Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

The 25th Senate District is home to extraordinary women. Mothers, sisters, daughters...all heroes who strive to make our community a better place. It is my honor to introduce you to women pioneers whose visionary organizational leadership accomplishments are redefining our borough and its people.

I also invite you to download a PDF of my current newsletter which honors these women, as well as the next generation of women institutional leaders!

Senator Velmanette Montgomery

 

651 ARTS Read More

Mission
It is the mission of 651 ARTS to deepen awareness of and appreciation for contemporary performing arts and culture of the African Diaspora, and to provide professional and creative opportunities for performing artists of African descent.

We fulfill our mission by:

  • Presenting live dance, music and theater events in venues throughout Brooklyn;
  • Maintaining a robust educational program that provides unique opportunities for youth in public schools to engage with professional artists from around the globe;
  • Investing in artists by providing financial and other resources needed to advance their careers and to develop new work;
  • Supporting exchange between U.S.-based and African artists in both the United States and Africa;
  • Leveraging years of experience and leadership to advocate for artists, to develop projects that impact the field of performing arts, and to provide expertise about the artists and art forms of the African Diaspora;
  • Linking communities, artists and audiences as close as our Brooklyn neighborhoods, as varied as our metropolitan area, and as integral as our African Homelands.

We abide by the following principles when undertaking our work:

  • A healthy society requires diverse, continuously generative creativity.  To ensure the vibrancy and continuity of artistic creation requires a commitment to both artist development and audience engagement.
  • Art and art appreciation must be fostered and nurtured in each generation: Having a community which values our art and culture in the future requires education of young people today.
  • Being a culturally specific organization provides a distinct platform on which the multiplicity of perspectives, aesthetics and disciplines being practiced throughout the vastly diverse African Diaspora can be acknowledged and celebrated.
  • Because of our unique history, Americans and especially Black Americans value connections to the heritage and culture of Africa. Channels for communication, collaboration and information between the United States and Africa need to be expanded and fortified.

ARAB AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK (AAANY) Read More

Mission
AAANY's mission is to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to theri new home and become Active members of society.

What We DO

  • Adult Education
  • Advocacy and Civic Engagement
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Social Services
  • Youth Development

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BEDFORD STUYVESANT FAMILY HEALTH CENTER Read More

The Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center is a Primary Care Health Facility, offering a broad range of integrative health care services, with an emphasis on prevention, education and critical support services.

About Us
A brand new medical facility in Brooklyn, offering Primary Care, Preventative Medicine, Well Baby Services, Mental Health and various social programs... and more!

The Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center has a full staff of culturally sensitive male and female physicians and staff. We speak English, Spanish, French Creole and many other dialects. For the Deaf, signing capability is also on-site. To see additional photos of the staff, please visit the Photo Galleries below.

The Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center is a free standing not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center which began serving the Central Brooklyn/Bedford Stuyvesant community in 1978.

Sevices Include:

  • Medical Services
  • Dental Services
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Counseling, including Pre-Natal, Mental Health and Social Work

www.bsfhc.org

BEDFORD STUYVESANT RESTORATION CORPORATION Read More

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the nation's first communicty development corporation, partners with residents and business to improve the quality of life  of Central Brooklyn through programming focusing on workforce and youth development, mixed-income housing development, financial literacy, arts and culture, and small business development. Ms. Tracey Capers serves as the Executive Vice President for Programs and Organizational Development.
www.restorationplaza.org

The Billie Holiday Theatre, under Executive Director Marjorie Moon, is the only professional resident theatre company in Brooklyn, nd sets teh standard for performing arts and serious theatre in Central Brooklyn.
www.thebillieholliday.org

The Center for Arts and Culture, under the leadership of Dr. Indira Etwaroo, presents year-round multidisciplinary  arts and culture programming with the Billie Holiday Theatre, Skylight Gallery, and Youth Arts Academy
www.restorationplaza.org/arts-and-culture

BLACK VETERANS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Read More

Established in 1979, Black Veterans for Social Justice is a non-profit community based organization servicing men and women veterans, their families, and members of the community. Black Veterans for Social Justice serviced an estimated 12,000 clients in the past fiscal year.

BVSJ Believes:

  • All persons could be productive, positive contributions to society, no matter what sex, race, social class, military labels or problems may beset them
  • All humans wish to do the right thing, but do not often get the opportunity
  • Given a boost, a helping hand, all people, particualrly veterans, would respond positively and productively

“All services entail tender loving care and a listening ear.”
    Job Mashariki, Founder and former President and CEO, BVSJ

BED STUY CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER Read More

The Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH) was founded in 1998 as a small traditional food pantry operating out of a church basement; we are now the largest pantry in Brooklyn, providing the basic staples of a well-balanced diet to more than 30,000 unduplicated, low-income individuals each month. Last year, we distributed food to provide approximately 3 million meals to New Yorkers.  Designed to support its clients’ dignity as well as provide nourishment, BSCAH is unusual in allowing its clients to select fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and other staple items according to their preferences — much as they would in a supermarket.

Since Superstorm Sandy, the need for our services has increased exponentially and we continue to serve clients in the Rockaways, and Coney Island through our mobile efforts. During the month of November 2014, we served an unprecedented 37,000 unduplicated individuals, an increase that is largely attributable to the rising costs of living and stagnant wages. Additionally in 2014, through our tax preparation and filing initiatives we stimulated the local economy with more than $1,000,000 through income tax refunds.

BSCAH is situated at the intersection of the Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville and Ocean Hill neighborhoods of Brooklyn and as a result provides essential emergency food and supplemental social services to residents in all three surrounding neighborhoods. The largest segment of our client population (51%) comprises children. They are closely followed seniors which rests at 28% and our remaining clients include people with a range of barriers to health and independence (e.g., serious psychiatric or substance abuse issues; serious physical disabilities; past histories of incarceration/ homelessness). Most of our clients are African-American or Caribbean-American; some 25% are Latino or Haitian.

BRIC ARTS / MEDIA / BKLYN Read More

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year. 

Our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces. 

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including the newly-renamed BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.

BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC Read More

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York.  For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

Karen Brooks Hopkins was BAM’s president (where she worked since 1979) from 1999 until her retirement in June 2015. As president, Hopkins oversaw the institution’s 230 full-time employees and facilities, including the 2,100-seat BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, the 833-seat BAM Harvey Theater, the four-theater BAM Rose Cinemas, BAMcafé, and the BAM Fisher building, which houses the flexible 250-seat Fishman Space.

In May 2004, Hopkins concluded a two-year term as the chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, which comprises 33 prominent New York City cultural institutions. In this capacity, she also served as a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and is currently a member of the boards of NYC & Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Global Cultural Districts Network. Hopkins is an active member of the Performing Arts Center Consortium, a national association of performing arts centers, and served as its chair from 1994 to 1996. She was also a participant on the advisory committee of the Salzburg Seminar Project of Critical Issues for the Classical Performing Arts from 2000 to 2002 and a fellow of the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation from 2001 to 2002. In 2005, Hopkins received the Encore Award in Arts Management Excellence from the Arts & Business Council of New York, and she chaired the hospitality and tourism cluster of the Initiative for a Competitive Brooklyn. In 2006, she was elected by the New York State Legislature to the Board of Regents for a term that expired in 2010.

In the spring of 1995, Hopkins served as the executive producer of the Bergman Festival, a celebration of the life and work of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. The festival’s success earned her a medal from the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden, the first time the honor was awarded to anyone outside of Sweden. Additionally, in recognition of her work on behalf of the Norwegian National Ballet, Norway awarded her its King Olav Medal. In November 2006, Hopkins was awarded the honor of Chevalier de L’Ordre des arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France for supporting the French arts in the United States. In 2007, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in New York City Business” by Crain’s. That same year, she was appointed Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, in recognition of her role in solidifying ties between performing arts communities in Sweden and the US. In May 2012, Hopkins was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She was designated a “Woman of Achievement” by the professional association Women in Development in 2013 and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s.

Hopkins was an adjunct professor in the Brooklyn College Program for Arts Administration for four years. Her widely read book, Successful Fundraising for Arts & Cultural Organizations, is currently available in a revised second edition through Greenwood Publishing. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received her MFA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Hopkins resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and is currently the senior fellow in residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a newly created position which she accepted upon her retirement from BAM.

Katy Clark was appointed president of BAM in 2015. Clark oversees BAM’s 248 full-time employees and works alongside longtime BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo. She leads an adventurous organization with a profile that extends far beyond Brooklyn and New York City. BAM engages with more than 700,000 audience members each year, presenting live performances and films from around the world, including the renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM is also highly regarded by the artistic community and audiences for its four live performance spaces, ranging in capacity from 250 to more than 2,000 seats, a vibrant independent cinema program, and far-reaching education and humanities initiatives.

From 2010 to 2015, Clark served as president and executive director of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, one of America’s foremost and most versatile ensembles. She joined Orchestra of St. Luke’s in 2005 as director of development. During Clark’s tenure, OSL significantly expanded its scope, mission, and budget. Major milestones include the opening and ongoing success of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the appointment of Pablo Heras-Casado as principal conductor, and the launch of several community-building and education programs, such as Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, OSL@DMC, and St. Luke’s Subway Series.

Prior to her career in arts management, from 1994 to 1999 Clark was a violinist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. From 2001 to 2004, Clark led the Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum. She is an alumna of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestral Management Fellowship Program, earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Jesus College, Cambridge University, holds a master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has a Certificate in Arts Management from Birbeck College, University of London. She was born and raised in Wales and lives in New York with her husband and two children.

 

BROOKLYN ARTS COUNCIL Read More

Who We Are

We are the arts council for the borough of Brooklyn. We bring leadership and energy to every part of Brooklyn’s arts scene, supporting and connecting it all. It doesn’t matter where you fit into the arts—artist, audience member, participant, venue, educator or supporter—we want you to create and experience the arts in every neighborhood of Brooklyn.

What drives us? Our impassioned belief in the intrinsic value of the arts and artists, as well as what they can do. Art has a unique ability to bridge cultures, inspiring positive transformation in individual lives and entire communities.

What We Do

BAC gives grants, presents free and affordable arts events, trains artists and arts professionals, teaches students, incubates new projects and promotes artists and cultural groups across our borough. As Brooklyn’s cultural anchor since 1966, BAC has also been the catalyst helping the arts community grow. We continually evaluate and evolve what we do to meet the changing times, and keep our commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion when it comes to the arts in our borough.

BROOKLYN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Read More

What We Do

Through our Community Fund, Donor Advised Fund Program, and strategic initiatives, Brooklyn Community Foundation seeks to mobilize people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn.

Our unique approach has three components: first, we listen and engage the community; second, we build on what’s working, funding and supporting successful programs; third, we try new things, and when something works, we invest in its continued success.

• Collaborate with local leaders. We partner with local leaders to identify and support proven models and accelerate bold new solutions.

• Mobilize capital. We work with donors and manage resources to meet critical charitable goals and build a long-term asset base.

• Leverage expertise. We call on a vast network of experts to build on best practices and advance the thinking needed to sustain our work.

Brooklyn has an unprecedented opportunity to build a sustainable source of support for its communities, led by the ideas and resources of its communities. As a start-up community foundation, we are assembling a community of donors committed to taking on Brooklyn’s challenges today, while fostering a powerful resource for the future.

BROOKLYN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM Read More

Our Mission

The mission of Brooklyn Children’s Museum is to engage children in educational and entertaining experiences through innovation and excellence in exhibitions, programs, and use of its collection. 

The Museum encourages children from infancy through high school to develop an understanding of and respect for themselves, others and the world around them. 

BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Read More

About the Brooklyn Historical Society

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach. 

In the 1970s and 1980s, the institution reestablished itself as a museum and education center. The institution, which changed its name to Brooklyn Historical Society in 1985, broke new ground by embracing social history practices and exploring the diversity of Brooklyn’s history and people. It established a pioneering oral history program, reaching out to as-yet unchronicled Brooklyn communities and capturing their experiences. The Society also began featuring exhibits such as Black Churches in Brooklyn and AIDS/Brooklyn, the first exhibit to cover this topic at a history museum in the United States. 

BROOKLYN COMMUNITY SERVICES Read More

Our Vision

BCS envisions ONE Brooklyn Community, where all members of our community can access an excellent education, job opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and quality and affordable health care and wellness programs.

Our Mission

BCS celebrates the strength of the human spirit.  Our mission is to empower at-risk children, youth and families, and adults with mental illness or developmental disabilities to overcome the obstacles they face, as we strive to ensure opportunity for all to learn, grow and contribute toONE Brooklyn Community.

To achieve this mission, we offer comprehensive and holistic services, including:

  • Early childhood education
  • Youth development services and educationally-rich after-school programs
  • Counseling for at-risk families
  • Treatment, recovery and job training to support the life goals of adults living with mental illness
  • Person-centered rehabilitation/community living support for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Disaster recovery case management and relief services

BCS seeks to increase public awareness of the impacts of poverty on individuals and the community at-large.  In concert with our consumers and the neighborhoods we serve, we advocate their cause toward our shared vision of ONE Brooklyn Community.

BROOKLYN LEGAL SERVICES Read More

Since 1967, our programs in Brooklyn have sought equal justice for low-income people in by providing a broad range of legal advocacy and information. In pursuing this goal, our offices work with individual clients and client groups to identify and address their legal needs, to help empower low-income people to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty in their communities, to focus on matters that will have the greatest impact for low-income people and to work in partnership with the private bar and with other agencies and organizations serving low-income people. 

Our Legal Assistance Hotline is staffed Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. Call 917-661-4500 to speak to an intake officer in any language.

 

BROOKLYN MUSEUM Read More

Mission Statement

The mission of the Brooklyn Museum is to act as a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, as embodied in its collections, and the unique experience of each visitor. Dedicated to the primacy of the visitor experience, committed to excellence in every aspect of its collections and programs, and drawing on both new and traditional tools of communication, interpretation, and presentation, the Museum aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming center for learning through the visual arts.

We invite you to visit us in the heart of one of the most diverse, creative, and exciting urban centers in the world, the borough of Brooklyn. At the Brooklyn Museum you can explore an extensive and comprehensive permanent collection that includes ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European painting, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art. You'll also experience intelligent, cutting-edge exhibitions and programs that reflect a fresh view of traditional and historical works as well as engagement with today's most important artists and artistic practices and ideas.

BROOKLYN PLAZA MEDICAL CENTER, INC. Read More

Our Mission

Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Inc. is dedicated to improving the physical, spiritual, psycho-social and psychological well-being of residents of North Central Brooklyn by providing the highest quality preventive comprehensive family health services with particular concern for lower-socio-economic groups.

Our Value Statement

Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Inc. is committed and obligated to provide the highest quality care to all community and surrounding community residents in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, and treat all patients with a truly caring attitude. We will always be aware of the changing needs of the community and strive to be responsive to those needs. We will promote policies and procedures that uphold a continuum of care for all. We embrace human differences as bonds not barriers and believe that quality health care should be universally accessible.

Our Leadership Statement

Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Inc.’s Leadership is devoted to promoting the well-being of our Human Capital through a comprehensive health and stress reduction perspective involving the physical, emotional and spiritual domains. We will continue to strive to improve effectiveness and efficiency of all staff members by providing training, development and employee empowerment. Management is committed to vesting each employee to realize our mission and center’s goals and objectives.

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY Read More

As an independent system, separate from the New York City and Queens libraries, Brooklyn Public Library serves the borough's 2.5 million residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books and use of more than 1,100 free Internet-accessible computers. Just some of the many things you can do at BPL:

  • Use our Articles & Databases to conduct research
  • Learn about Brooklyn's rich history at the Brooklyn Collection.
  • Get all the information you need to start your own enterprise at the Business Library
  • Learn a new language at the Languages and Literature Division
  • Attend an author reading, poetry discussion or other public program offered throughout the year

And much more. It's free - and it's at your doorstep in one of Brooklyn's 60 public libraries.

BROOKLYN QUEENS LAND TRUST Read More

OUR MISSION

  • Establish a community of gardeners in Brooklyn and Queens to:
  • Educate and inspire people of all ages to become successful and environmentally responsible gardeners;
  • Support community involvement in community gardening, and neighborhood beautification and open space enhancement through activities and programs; and
  • Promote the interests of community gardens.
  • Preserve, support, manage and enhance community gardens, and areas of similar natural or recreational value such as neighborhood open spaces, green-ways and playgrounds for the benefit of the general public; and Act as steward of the open space properties that it owns (including properties in Brooklyn and Queens purchased by or donated to it in the future) for the aforementioned purposes.

WHAT WE DO

Many BQLT gardens were originally vacant lots, converted through volunteer labor by community members into the thriving public green spaces that they are today. Today these gardens are open-access spaces for all who live in the community. Having the means to independently raise nutritious food right on a Brooklyn block is one step toward improving the health of these communities. 

BQLT gardens also serve as an open-air classroom for students of all ages. Some gardens are used by day care centers to allow the children time to play outside and to experience gardening and to play in the dirt. Several schools have held hands-on educational programs in the gardens to teach students about planting and growing vegetables, taking a practical approach to earth sciences.

Finally, and crucially, BQLT gardens are a space that brings the community together. Gardens host a dazzling array of events including art and photo exhibits, crafts, cooking demonstrations, night time movies, yoga, live music, card games, checkers, Scrabble, chess, dominoes, garden parties, barbeques, fish fries, dinner fundraisers, block association meetings, community meetings, garden parties for community outreach, and educational workshops for the youth. The gardens are a catalyst for community involvement and volunteering, marshalling neighborhood citizens to help prepare gardens each season, maintain the gardens through the year, and launch new community programs.

CARROLL GARDENS ASSOCIATION Read More

OUR MISSION:

Our mission is to foster a community where residents and families of all income levels in Southwest Brooklyn’s neighborhoods can live, work, and thrive. Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. fulfills this mission by preserving and developing affordable housing, enforcing quality housing management practices, promoting small business economic development, and providing and linking residents to social services and resources to improve the quality of their lives.

OUR VISION:

Our vision includes the opportunity for individuals and families to enhance their dignity by achieving independence and productivity in order to empower them to become integrated contributing members of their communities.

A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY…

…where young people can learn to participate in the wider world, and are enabled to make choices about their own futures…

…where adults of all ages have the opportunity to enhance their skills and increase their earning power…

…that offers both residents and non-residents the support they need to start and develop their own businesses…

PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND DO BUSINESS…

…offering a variety of housing choices, both to low-income residents and to those who wish to remain in the community as their earnings increase…

…providing easy access to the retail, health, social, and community services needed to sustain strong neighborhoods…

…supporting a variety of cultural activities and opportunities that will enrich community life…

AN INTEGRATED COMMUNITY…

…where people of different races, cultures, national origins and means live in harmony…

…where residential and industrial areas not only coexist but strengthen each other…

…reconnecting people and businesses to the waterfront…

…maintaining strong commercial, social and cultural relationships with the rest of the city, the region, the nation and the world…

REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT COMPANY…

…Carroll Gardens Association will establish a real estate management company, with goals of providing increased revenues to CGA, and better serving the housing needs of lower income families in Brooklyn…

CENTER FOR FAMILY LIFE Read More

Our Mission

Center for Family Life, a program of SCO Family of Services, is a neighborhood-based family and social services organization with deep roots in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Our mission is to promote positive outcomes for children, adults and families in Sunset Park through the provision of a comprehensive range of neighborhood-based family and social services. We partner with the community to provide access to resources and opportunities for personal growth and the development of interpersonal relationships that sustain and nurture families, support youth to develop into confident, capable adults and enrich the quality of life for neighborhood residents.

Poverty, inadequate educational and limited employment opportunities are a few of the enormous challenges that Sunset Park residents confront. At the Center, we witness the energy, creativity, and productivity of community residents, as well as the powerful human struggle to overcome these challenges and gain access to the resources needed to sustain a vibrant and nurturing community. The Center’s work is rooted in the daily, lived experience of this community and guided by a vision of families and social institutions evolving over time and contributing to each other’s ongoing growth. We dedicate ourselves to service because we believe that the social inequity that impacts the residents of Sunset Park is deeply unjust, and that when inequity is eliminated, human potential becomes limitless.

CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Read More

The Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) came into being to address the escalation of police killings in our community. Hundreds of Blacks and Latinos fell victim to police harassment, beatings, killings, and unjustified incarcerations. The impunity of the police outraged the community. One of many responses to this brutality came from a group of activists attorneys: Michael Warren, Alton Maddox, C. Vernon Mason and Esmeralda Simmons; the Revs. Herbert Daughtry and Timothy Mitchell and Father Lawrence Lucas; and community activists: Dave Walker and Jitu Weusi. 

The mission and vision of CLSJ is to provide quality advocacy, training, and expert services in a personal manner to people of African descent and the disenfranchised. CLSJ seeks to accompany its mission by conducting research, and initiating advocacy project and litigation on behalf of community organizations and groups that promote human, national, and international understanding. 

Services

The Center serves the community through ongoing work in a diversity of areas. We have developed the experience needed to work with community based organizations, school districts, and private industry. The Center for Law and Social Justice is noted for its special proficiency in:

  • Education policy
  • Race policy
  • Foster care prevention
  • Forum/conference planning and development
  • Social impact of legislation and policies
  • Parent advocacy and parent skills

The Center for Law and Social Justice is supported by other networks and resources on the Medgar Evers College campus. Additional technical support and training services are offered as well, such as:

  • Mediation/Conflict resolution
  • Police brutality and racial violence issues
  • Sexual harassment
  • Community economic development
  • Internship (high school, college, and law students) education policy

CLSJ also provides free legal consultations to community residents.

CHILDREN OF PROMISE, NYC Read More

Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) is a community based, non-profit organization, in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed Stuy) Brooklyn, whose mission is to embrace the children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system.

CPNYC offers an innovative and unique after-school program and summer day camp, the only one of its kind in New York City, specifically designed to meet the needs, interests and concerns of children left behind by parents serving time in prison. 

DANCE THEATRE ETCETERA Read More

Mission
Premised on the belief that the arts are an effective vehicle for social transformation, Dance Theatre Etcetera unites artists and community members as co-creators in dynamic cultural activities. Through site-specific performances, festivals, parades, and performing arts and media education programs, Dance Theatre Etcetera stimulates the social imagination through acts of informed expression, creating a more just and joyful world.

History
Officially incorporated in 1994, Dance Theatre Etcetera (DTE) is an important cultural programmer based in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

DTE is nationally known for making the arts a vital component of urban renewal efforts in the waterfront community of Red Hook, Brooklyn. With the creation of On The Waterfront (1993), DTE’s Founder and Executive Director, Martha Bowers, planted the seeds for a long association with the Red Hook community. This site-specific work combined live dance and music performance with a walking tour of the then abandoned Red Hook waterfront that involved a cast of professional artists and over 50 local community members. In conjunction with this event, DTE initiated community arts programs at local schools and senior centers.

Soon after, DTE spearheaded the creation of Red Hook Partners, a group of local service providers, business representatives, neighborhood residents and waterfront organizations that met regularly to coordinate local urban renewal efforts. DTE is one of the founding member organizations of the current Red Hook Coalition that formed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to assist in local recovery efforts.

In 2002, the Board made a strategic decision to focus the organization's mission and primary activities on arts education, and to continue producing the Red Hook Festival and other performance projects as ancillary showcases for student work and opportunities for advanced students to work with professional artists. In 2007, DTE was selected by the O'Connell Organization to be one of three not-for-profits offered a Red Hook waterfront office/studio space, rent-free, in recognition of its contributions to the community.

DREAMS YOUTHBUILD / SETTLEMENT HOUSING FUND Read More

Settlement Housing Fund

  • Building neighborhoods with affordable housing and affordable housing.
  • Working since 1969 to create quality affordable housing and neighborhood amenities for more than 25,000 low and middle income New Yorkers.

DREAMS/YouthBuild
In 2007, Settlement Housing Fund worked with community residents in Brooklyn to create a program called DREAMS (Dedicated, Responsible, Educated, Accountable, Motivated and Self-Sufficient) targeted to young adults, ages 17-24, who were unemployed and lacking a high school diploma.  Nearly 40% of the City’s 200,000 “disconnected” young adults live in Brooklyn, many in communities where we have developed housing, including Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and East New York.

DREAMS YouthBuild provides a safe and structured environment where these young men and women resume their education, acquire high school equivalency diplomas, and gain the skills needed to obtain employment and go on to college.  The education component is part of the NYC Department of Education's alternative school system, which provides skilled teachers, meals and transportation to and from our classrooms. With funds from the U.S. Department of Labor through YouthBuild USA, we added a job training component in 2008, giving students paid construction training through which they earn certification and help to renovate affordable housing units in their community.  Wrap around services help students overcome obstacles and secure job placement, college access, leadership development, community service, mentoring, and referrals to healthcare and child care.

EDWARD W. HAZEN FOUNDATION Read More

The Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a private foundation established in 1925, is committed to supporting organizing and leadership of young people and communities of color in dismantling structural inequity based on race and class.

 

ECPAT-USA Read More

OUR VISION
A world in which no child is bought, sold, or used for sex.

OUR MISSION
To protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. ECPAT-USA does this in four primary ways:

  • ECPAT-USA advocates for federal and state legislation that prevents exploitation, protects children, and guarantees that any child who is subjected to sexual slavery or sex trafficking will not be prosecuted in the courts for prostitution;
  • ECPAT-USA promotes corporate responsibility among private companies with a strong focus on the tourism sector.
  • ECPAT-USA educates first responders and ordinary citizens about this issue so that they can identify victims and join us in the fight to better protect children.
  • ECPAT-USA empowers youth to take the lead against human trafficking by equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to help them become activists against this terrible trade.

ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. ECPAT-USA belongs to an international network of organizations in 75 countries, all working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Our History
Two decades ago, as an offshoot of ECPAT-International, ECPAT-USA became the first American non-profit to work on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT-USA started with sex tourism, helping to get legislation passed that ensured that Americans who traveled abroad to buy sex with minors could be prosecuted in the US for sexually exploiting children in other countries.

Since then, ECPAT-USA has remained focused on children, while expanding its legislative advocacy work across the 50 states. ECPAT-USA helped win passage of federal anti-trafficking legislation and assisted legislators in 5 states to pass Safe Harbor laws that protect children who have been sold into the sex trade. In addition, ECPAT-USA now promotes corporate responsibility, primarily within the tourism sector, a key part of the commercial sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT-USA’s partners include Hilton, Sabre, Delta Air Lines, Travelocity, and Wyndham Worldwide, among many others. ECPAT-USA also educates first-responders and others to better understand the issue so they can act when needed.

ECPAT-USA is different from other anti-trafficking organizations for two primary reasons. While many organizations conduct research or offer services after-the-fact, ECPAT-USA works to stop Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children at the source. In addition, ECPAT-USA is focused solely on children.

STOPPING CHILD SLAVERY AT THE SOURCE.

 

FIFTH AVENUE COMMITTEE (FAC) Read More

MISSION
"What We do to Bring the Vision to Reality"
Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) is a community organization in South Brooklyn that advances economic and social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where residents have genuine opportunities to achieve their goals, as well as the power to shape the community’s future.

FAC is a nationally-recognized nonprofit community development corporation formed in 1978 that works to transform the lives of over 5,000 low- and moderate-income New Yorkers annually so that we can all live and work with dignity and respect while making our community more equitable, sustainable, inclusive, and just.

To achieve our mission, FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student-centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification.

FAC's Principles in Action

  • Combining Organizing and Development 
  • Building Community Beyond Geographic Boundaries 
  • Promoting Community Control and Accountability
  • Striving for Innovative Solutions
  • Modeling Sustainability 
  • Including our Entire Community
  • Collaborating Effectively
     

 

FIT 4 LIFE NYC Read More

ABOUT US

We identified a community need for Fit 4 Life NYC in 2003. With schools cutting back on recess and physical education classes, students were left without opportunities to be active and healthy. In addition, active play, character development, and healthy competition were starting to become less of a focus in most school day and after school physical activity programs.

To address these challenges the Fit 4 Life NYC Play with a Purpose program model was created. This model for sports, dance, fitness and martial arts programs focuses on boosting a child's self-confidence, maximizes the amount of time a child moves, minimizes competition and promotes a lifetime of activity.

Today, Fit 4 Life NYC proudly partners with schools and non-profit organizations throughout the city that work with under-served communities.

The mission of our Fit 4 Life NYC, Fit 4 Life Kids program remains the same as when we started:

  • Stop rising childhood obesity rates
  • Introduce children to traditional and non-traditional forms of physical activity
  • Promote a lifetime of activity
  • Bring the concept of ACTIVE PLAY back into our schools

Play with a purpose!

FREELANCERS UNION Read More

Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services.

Nearly one in three working Americans is an independent worker. That's almost 54 million people – and growing. At Freelancers Union, we strive to make freelancing better now and in the future through joint benefits, live member events, expert guides, and online networking opportunities.

Freelancers Union gives independent workers a powerful voice through political action, research, and thought leadership. We aim to ensure that independent contractors receive adequate rights, protections and professional benefits.

Members of Freelancers Union play an active role in leading community initiatives and advocacy campaigns.  We’re a community that looks out for one another – and we’re only as strong as our members.

Pave a better freelance future for yourself and for all – join Freelancers Union today.

–Sara Horowitz

Founder and Executive Director

GIRLS FOR GENDER EQUITY Read More

MISSION
Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is an intergenerational organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing and physical fitness, GGE encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives.

VISION
GGE envisions a society with optimal physical, economic, educational, and social systems to foster the growth and fulfillment of all its members. To that end, we will provide programs that develop strengths, skills, and self-sufficiency in girls and women and help them make meaningful choices in their lives with minimum opposition and maximum community support. We will undertake organizing campaigns to achieve safety and equality in the social, political, educational, athletic, economic, health, and media worlds of the smaller and larger communities in which girls and women live and work.

GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES Read More

Our Vision
We envision a New York City where children grow up in thriving neighborhoods, and 
all individuals and families can build on their strengths to realize their fullest potential.

Our Mission
Good Shepherd Services goes where children, youth, and families face the greatest 
challenges and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. We provide 
quality, effective services that deepen connections between family members, within schools, and among neighbors. We work closely with community leaders to advocate, both locally and nationally, on behalf of our participants to make New York City a better place to live and work.

Good Shepherd Services leads in the development of innovative programs that make 
a difference in the lives of children, youth and families today.

Our Values
These core values inspire our staff and participants and drive everything we do – including our approach to the work, the decisions we make, and the way we collaborate.

Compassion
The services we provide surround children, youth, and families with kindness and care, build on their strengths, and embrace unique talents, interests, and accomplishments.

Commitment
Our support for children, youth, and families is unwavering, especially in New York neighborhoods that have the fewest resources.

Bold leadership
We face deeply rooted poverty and inequality, and confront these challenges head on through strong leadership, innovative programs, and advocacy for positive change.

Learning
We prioritize ongoing education for both ourselves and our participants. We constantly seek out new ways to be effective and use evidence and data to help us be successful.

Optimism
We know we can make a real difference with a positive approach that builds upon the inherent strengths that children, youth, and families have to transform themselves.

Responsiveness
We listen deeply to and respect the children, youth, and families with whom we work. In New York City neighborhoods with few resources, we do what it takes to respond, and have built the ability to adapt into our approach.

INTERFAITH MEDICAL CENTER Read More

Interfaith Medical Center is a multi-site community teaching health care system which provides a wide range of medical, surgical, gynecological, dental, psychiatric, pediatric and other services throughout Central Brooklyn, New York. The institution operates a modernized 287 bed hospital facility along with a network of ambulatory care clinics stretching across the Central Brooklyn communities of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Each year Interfaith Medical Center serves over 250,000 patients, representing every racial, ethnic and national origin group in Central Brooklyn with the majority of people being Caribbean-Americans and African-Americans.

JUDAH INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTER, INC. Read More

Who We Are
Judah International Christian Center, Inc. is a "wholistic" 501(c)3 inner city ministry whose mission is to meet the spiritual, economic and social needs of all people, but especially those who reside in Brooklyn, New York.

Our mandate is to embrace the teachings of Christ and thereby, encourage, equip and empower a culturally diverse community of people.  Central to our mission is the responsibility of facilitating the stability of our community through human and economic development, stabilization and revitalization.

It is our belief that our houses of worship (churches, mosques, synagogues and temples) must take a wholistic approach to meeting the needs of families.  Otherwise, individuals and families will be somewhat spiritually centered, but socially and economically unbalanced.  We address the whole person by providing programs, services and activities specially designed to "meet people where they are". 

OLD STONE HOUSE Read More

Who We Are
The Old Stone House, a Historic House Trust of New York City site, commemorates the Vechte-Cortelyou House’s unique place in Brooklyn and American history. Through exhibits, programs and events, we preserve the House’s rich past while contributing to Brooklyn’s contemporary cultural community.

The House As Education Resource
Each year, 6,000 students visit the Old Stone House to learn about the Battle of Brooklyn and colonial life. Our programs blend primary source documents, hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning to create an enriching experience for New York’s school children.

The garden spaces at the Old Stone House and our neighboring middle school, MS 51 offer a natural setting of native and useful plants, creating an outdoor interpretive space and a more healthful environment. This is beneficial for the community as a whole — absorbing carbon dioxide, providing exercise, pleasing the senses, offering educational opportunities and encouraging community involvement.

The House As Museum
Open to the public year-round, OSH features a historic interpretive center with a permanent exhibit about the Battle of Brooklyn. We also host original exhibits connected to Brooklyn’s past and present in our second floor Great Room.

The House as Park Advocate
The Old Stone House is situated at the center of Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground, a 3.5 acre recreation site. We are devoted to supporting the Friends of Washington Park, and developing programming that enriches the site.  Our beautiful playground has separate playspaces for toddlers, elementary and middle-school aged children.

MHANY MANAGEMENT INC. Read More

Mission and History
Founded in 1986, MHANY Management Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses primarily on meeting the needs of low and moderate income residents of New York through intensive housing counseling programs and innovative affordable housing development initiatives. Our mission is fourfold:

  • Increase affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income people by continuing to identify and implement creative and affordable housing initiatives, with a particular focus on preservation.
  • Change the way affordable housing for low and moderate income people is developed and operated by employing innovative approaches and working with City, State and Federal agencies to create new initiatives
  • Work with current residents of our buildings to improve community conditions and increase neighborhood services and provide an avenue where MHANY residents and MHANY buildings provide role models to neighbors and neighborhoods
  • Help low and moderate income people who have the means (savings, credit and interest) to purchase their own homes

TARGET POPULATION
MHANY Management Inc. works to generate housing opportunities for low and moderate income families. Income levels for families eligible for housing developed by MHANY Management and its subsidiaries including MHANY do not exceed 80% of New York area median income and many of the apartments are leased to families earning below 50% of median. Some projects require income levels not exceeding 60% of median. These median income level percentages translate into incomes that do not exceed $26,700 - $42,540 for a family of four; again, with most of the MHANY related projects, resident incomes are much below these average income levels.

Although the NYC area median income recently rose to $70,900 for a family of four, the neighborhoods where MHANY works have real incomes of half (and sometimes one third) the city-wide average. In the communities of East New York, Bushwick, Brownsville, Crown Heights, Mott Haven, Morrisania and Highbrige the demographics are in general: over 40% of the population is receiving some form of public assistance; over 40% of the households are single females; less than 25 % of the children graduate from high school with a diploma; and the communities are 100% people of color. The Community Boards that overlay these neighborhoods are in Brooklyn: Community Boards 4, 16, 5 and 8 and in the Bronx: Community Boards 1, 3, 4 and 5 and Community Boards 10, 11 and 12 in Manhattan.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CLINIC Read More

Who We Are
The Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic (NTAC) is a strategic partner and advisor to philanthropists, foundations, government and political entities, public institutions, grassroots nonprofit organizations, and faith-based institutions wishing to improve their programs and organizational effectiveness in addressing the needs of low-income and service-starved communities. 

For over 20 years NTAC has given focus to grassroots and community-centered non-profit endeavors.  We have built a portfolio of experience and best practices.  We have customized trainings and hands-on guidance designed to build the capacity of volunteers, staff, management and board level nonprofit practitioners.

 

NOEL POINTER FOUNDATION Read More

Vision
Founded in 1995, the Noel Pointer Foundation (NPF) is a not-for-profit that dramatically enriches the lives of children by developing string music education programs for under-served communities in New York City. Through professional training, performance opportunities and college placement assistance, NPF enhances a student’s cultural and academic experience, infusing them with a positive sense of who they are and a boundless sense of what they can become.

About Us
The Noel Pointer Foundation (NPF) was incorporated in 1995 under the direction of Ms. Chinita Pointer, wife of the late Grammy nominated jazz violinist Noel Pointer. In 1998, the Noel Pointer Foundation created a string music education program for 18 students at Public School 44. Fulfilling an incredible need, they were soon asked to do the same for many other schools.

The program currently exists in 26 different New York City Schools. Due to the successes of this program, NPF began offering music enrichment programs at their headquarters in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In 1999 NPF instituted the Summer String Program, serving an average of 200 pupils per summer. In 2000, NPF created more opportunities for inner-city youth by opening the Saturday Strings program. The NPF Youth Orchestra, formed in 2008, performs with famous musical icons and ensembles such as Mos Def, Mark O’Connor, Strings of Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. In 2010, NPF increased personalized attention by providing more private instruction through an After-School Strings Program. Since the Foundation’s inception, NPF has served over 30,000 New York City public school children.

IMPACCT BROOKLYN Read More

Formerly Pratt Area Community Council

About us
PACC embraces a vision in which people strive together to build an equitable, diverse, engaged, and flourishing community in central Brooklyn. In our work as a community development corporation, PACC pursues five major goals: · First, to preserve and develop safe and affordable housing, a basic human right; · Second, to support a vibrant local commerce through which small businesses serves the market needs of community residents; · Third, to sustain and develop an economic, racial, and cultural diversity that can enrich the lives of all; · Fourth, to promote knowledge, initiative, and concerted action that can advance individual and common interests; and · Fifth, to foster an ethic that all members of the community bear personal responsibility to contribute to the greater good.

History
PACC was formed in 1964 by three civic-minded individuals-Reverend Richard Johnson, Amos Taylor and Furman Walls and others soon joined: Block Associations, PTA's, Tenant Councils, Churches and individuals determined to protect their rights and improve their lives. Working together under the PACC banner, the people of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, the Wallabout Community and later Bedford Stuyvesant fought for decent, affordable housing, tenants' rights, and economic renewal. Their efforts got attention and results from politicians, bureaucrats, recalcitrant landlords and private agencies. Ongoing activism by PACC led to new parks, community gardens and new homes where abandoned shells once stood.

Today, PACC is experiencing an extraordinary period of transition and growth. We are now an award winning non-profit, with four offices serving Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant and the whole of Brooklyn. With a dedicated staff of over 75, we will continue to: Organize against lead paint hazards in our communities; Fight to preserve Project-based Section 8 Housing, a looming crisis in affordable housing; Offer financial, homeowner and business educational workshops; Provide loans and grants to homebuyers, homeowners and small businesses; Work to prevent foreclosures and; Continue business retention and revitalization activities and begin the process of developing a Business Improvement District on Fulton Street.

Going Forward!
Instead of being nicknamed PACC, the Pratt Area Community Council has rebranded itself as IMPACCT Brooklyn and moved its main office to Crown Heights, at 1000 Dean Street, Suite 420. The housing advocacy group has also moved its community organizing department to Bed-Stuy, at a storefront office space at 1124 Fulton Street.

The goal of the flurry of changes is to “allow IMPACCT Brooklyn to provide more comprehensive services to homebuyers, tenants and business owners, with many of the core programs in one location,” they said in a statement.

As noted earlier this year, the Fort Greene office at 201 DeKalb Avenue will remain open as administrative offices, as the group also owns the building. The staff of the Finance, Housing Development and Operations Departments will be housed on the first two floors, as per usual, and they are negotiating a lease with local entrepreneurs for the first two floors, according to Deborah Howard, executive director. 

Explaining the move, Howard stated that “We see Crown Heights and Central Brooklyn as the next battleground for gentrification and landlord abuse of tenants. This area is ground zero for the push to keep Brooklyn affordable for residents who are fearful that the rapid wave of gentrification and displacement that occurred in Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant is headed their way.”

Anyone curious about the changes can visit the new main office at 1000 Dean Street at any time, 

 

 

RAICES - SPANISH SPEAKING ELDERLY COUNCIL Read More

Who We Are
The Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that operates in New York City. RAICES was founded in 1978 by retired Hispanic senior citizens who saw the need for an organization which would provide services, educate and organize the Latino, minority and low income aging community in the borough of Brooklyn.  

Mission
RAICES’ mission is to respond to the unmet needs of the Latino, African American and low income community and seeks to improve their quality of life through advocacy and the direct provision of targeted services with work across the generations and a particular emphasis on the needs of older adults. 

Methodology
RAICES developed an “ethnic ramp” concept towards improving access to services for older adults of color.  In this model, culturally and linguistically appropriate services are used as tools to improve access and increase utilization of services for this community.  The organization currently operates nine direct service sites, seven in Brooklyn and two in Queens.  This includes seven senior centers, a case assistance division and a licensed outpatient mental health clinic – the first geriatric outpatient mental health clinic in Brooklyn.  The organization provides over 200,000 congregate breakfast and lunch meals per year.  Across all sites the organization provides over 1,000 participants a year with such additional services as health and wellness activities, case assistance and management, educational classes, individual and group psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management assistance.   With the exception of the outpatient mental health clinic, all participants are required to be 60 years old and above in order to qualify for services. 

As a social service agency, RAICES recognizes the importance, and places great value on, applying innovative and creative strategies in order to keep cultural and linguistic competent services in the community.  

RED HOOK INITIATIVE Read More

Mission & Vision
RHI believes that social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth. In partnership with community adults, we nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community and society.

We envision a Red Hook where all young people can pursue their dreams and grow into independent adults who contribute to their families and community.

Our Approach
RHI has three programs that we have strategically designed to support young people through their middle school, high school, and young adult years. Our fourth program focuses on building a healthy and sustainable Red Hook community. We envision our three youth development programs as a pipeline for a young person that offers long-term support toward a high school diploma, a college degree or job training program, and a self-determined career path. Our community building work is the foundation that supports the youth development pipeline.

A key dimension of our approach is our belief that people from the community have the power to create their own social change. Whenever possible, priority in hiring is given to a Red Hook resident; extra coaching, professional development, and supportive supervision ensure that local residents are given opportunities to serve their community with an insider’s insight that is invaluable.  Ninety percent of RHI’s staff live in or are from Red Hook. In 2015, over $1M will be paid to Red Hook residents through salaries, stipends, and vendor agreements. With this practice, RHI continues to be an engine of economic development for Red Hook.Youth and adults alike have used RHI as a professional stepping stone to employment opportunities 

History
In 2002 the Red Hook Health Initiative began as a program of a local hospital, in response to the severity of health and social issues in Red Hook. In 2006 we formed the Red Hook Initiative (RHI), an independent 501 (c) 3, in order to expand our scope to better meet community needs. RHI moved into a brand new community center in February 2010; our green building represents our commitment to social justice and sustainability. When Hurricane Sandy hit Red Hook in October 2012, RHI’s model of community hiring made it possible for us to become a hub for relief and rebuilding work in Red Hook. Read more about our Hurricane Sandy story here. Today RHI reaches over 350 youth with intensive programs and long-term services each year. Another 2,000 Red Hook residents are impacted by our community building and peer education work.

Awards
Over the last decade, RHI has received the following awards:

  • NYC Economic Development Corporation RISE: NYC competition, 2015
    Red Hook WiFi and RHI Digital Stewards
  • Brooklyn Women of Distinction Award, 2015
    Ericka Medina, Reproductive Health Trainer
  • Crains 40 Under 40, 2014
    Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director
  • Brooklyn Rising Star Award, 2014
    Frances Medina, Executive Coordinator
  •  Public Health Association of New York City, 2013
    Public Health Community Award
  • Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Board Leadership, 2013
    Finalist
  • Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, 2013
    Sheryl Nash-Chisholm, Youth Job Developer
  • Brooklyn Cyclones Hometown Hero, 2013
    Alisa Pizarro, Community Organizer
  • New York Magazine Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award, 2012
    Gold Medal Winner, New York Community Trust
  • More Magazine Job Genius Series, 2012
    Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Building Brooklyn Award, 2012
    Community Development Category
  • Coro Civic Leadership Award, 2012
    Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director
  • Brooklyn Women of Distinction Award, 2011
    Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director
  • Robert Acito Award for Youth Involvement, 2009
    Anthony Schloss, Media Programs Coordinator
  • Union Square Award
    2007 Winner

ROULETTE Read More

Our Purpose
Our ongoing purpose has been to support artists through presenting a substantial and diverse program of concerts, commissioning new work, paying artists a deserving fee, and finding them an audience interested in learning about developments in experimental art.

About Us
In 1978 three young composers, Jim Staley, David Weinstein and Dan Senn, founded Roulette Intermedium and began to present concerts of music, dance and intermedia art in a Tribeca loft. Weinstein had written a piece, Café Roulette, an homage to Dada and to chance operations in music. Perhaps the three artists had some premonition that an organization dedicated to experimental art was a gamble, that the odds of its survival were long. But they invoked the hazards of chance the element of risk, and thirty-four years later, their bet is still paying off.

For the next three decades, Roulette Intermedium presented experimental music, dance and intermedia in small loft spaces in lower Manhattan, and gradually acquired an international reputation as an important center for experimental art. Thousands of artists have presented their work here including world-renowned figures such as Maryanne Amacher, Robert Ashley, John Cage, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins, Christian Marclay, Meredith Monk, Ikue More, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Kaija Saariaho, Henry Threadgill and John Zorn. But every season scores of young avant-garde artists make their first professional statements at Roulette.

In November 2011, Roulette moved from a 74-seat loft to a 400-seat theater with superb acoustics, and gloriously equipped thanks to the generosity of our funders – individuals, foundations, corporations, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn Borough President, Steve Levin, our Council Member, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The new theater allowed us to expand our presentations and our services to artists and our community. Now each season we present over 150 music, dance and Intermedia performances, host fifty arts and community organizations such as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and welcome an audience of over 50,000.

PORTSIDE NEW YORK Read More

Mission
PortSide is a living lab for better urban waterways.  PortSide NewYork brings WaterStories to life. 

Vision
PortSide NewYork produces and hosts WaterStories programs in arts, education, preservation, resiliency, workforce and harbor advocacy on and off our flagship, the historic tanker MARY A. WHALEN. 

Our WaterStories programs, services and advocacy show how to combine the working waterfront, public access and community development. PortSide brings the communities ashore and afloat together, for the benefit of all.

PortSide works to re-establish the connection between people ashore and people afloat, create activities and spaces for both, nurture economic connections between the two, and foster their mutual appreciation.  To achieve these ends, PortSide uses various means, from advocacy to cultural tourism, and the theme of water, our #WaterStories, runs through them all.

Ashore
PortSide helps the inland community via our cultural tourism programs which promote visitation to Red Hook and the Columbia Waterfront District. We have created creating visitor guides to, and webpages about those two neighborhoods, and hosted Red Hook walking tours. We have brought visiting vessels to Red Hook. These boats have been open for tours and often brought cultural programs themselves.  PortSide's own cultural events and our historic ship are also attractions to visitors. 

Hurricane Sandy was a waterfront event of the darkest sort; and since the superstorm hit in late October 2012, our work in Red Hook has been strongly oriented towards hurricane Sandy aid and resiliency. 

During 2015, our President Carolina Salguero worked with the Sunset Park Task Force to help shape the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) RFP for South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and foster better EDC-community relations.  Her role there has her speaking for maritime and landside communities.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES OF BED-STUY Read More

Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHS) serves the metropolitan area of New York, New York.  Through financial empowerment and affordable lending, NHS enables individuals and families to invest in, preserve and improve their Neighborhoods, their Homes and their Future. In addition to providing services throughout New York City, NHS is a community-based organization with targeted impact in the following Neighborhoods: Bedford-Stuyvesant, East Flatbush, North Bronx, Northern Queens, and South Bronx.

Our Vision
Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City envisions a city of healthy, sustainable and affordable communities.

Our Mission
NHS of NYC revitalizes underserved neighborhoods by creating and preserving affordable housing and providing opportunities for homeownership education, financial assistance and community leadership. Working in partnership with government and business, we are led by local residents and guided by local needs.

Our Values
We believe in:

  • Integrity and fairness
  • Embracing and respecting diversity
  • Open, honest communications
  • Responsive, respectful customer service
  • Resident leadership
  • Empowerment through education
  • A working environment in which employees are accountable, respected and appreciated

SERENDIPITY II, NEW YORK THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES Read More

New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation which provides substance abuse treatment and other services to persons in need. Our mission is to help program participants effect those changes in attitude and behavior that will enable them to make choices associated with a healthy, positive lifestyle free of crime and drugs.

A pioneer in the adaptation of TC chemical dependency treatment methods to the prison setting, Stay'n Out Training & Development has trained corrections personnel in thirty-eight states and nine other countries, and has launched or helped implement prison TCs in New York, Ohio, Delaware, South Carolina, Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii and Texas, as well as in Malaysia, Thailand, and Columbia. The New York in-prison programs, also named Stay'n Out, set the standards for thirty-one years before being closed during the 2008 New York State fiscal crisis. Based upon the principles of personal responsibility, self-help, and mutual care, the Stay’n Out model for in-prison treatment has a proven 77% success rate for those who complete their program.

The Serendipity community-based residential programs enable those involved in the criminal justice system to prepare themselves to re-enter society. Serendipity also offers a cost-effective alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) for those persons for whom rehabilitation is the priority. The NYTC, Inc. Outpatient Programs offer non-residential substance abuse treatment to criminal justice clients and other persons in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as aftercare support to those who have completed the Serendipity programs.

SHANNON HUMMEL / CORA DANCE Read More

Mission
Through its company, studio and school, Cora creates exceptional dance experiences while addressing the impediments that restrict individuals from accessing the art form. Cora fosters common ground amongst diverse people, allowing all involved—artists, students, audiences and community members—to connect more deeply with one another through the arts.

About Us
Founded in 1997, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance has performed at top venues in New York City and beyond. Having been celebrated by the dance community and critics – Cora was consistently selected by The New York Times for Critics’ Picks and Best of the Year – Hummel took a bold step, diverging from the path of a rising choreographer by moving her company and opening a studio and school for dance in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  Hummel did so because she believed in the vitality and importance of work that involves intersecting communities:  creating choreography on a wide variety of dancers, bringing dance to isolated communities, teaching diverse populations, and performing for audiences comprised of both newcomers and seasoned dance lovers. Together, the organization’s two parts – the professional company and the Cora School for Dance– provide a uniquely integrated model for dance that successfully intersects professional artists, students and the community.

Red Hook, Brooklyn is a diverse and historically divided community. The neighborhood’s public housing project, the second largest in the borough, is home to about 70% of Red Hook’s families.  Although some areas of Red Hook have recently gentrified, conditions have not significantly improved for other residents. Per capita income in the areas including the housing projects is less than $15,000 per year. Red Hook is isolated from the rest of Brooklyn by an expressway, poor mass transit and an industrialized waterfront. These conditions make it difficult for residents of all backgrounds, particularly those of limited financial means, to travel beyond the neighborhood to gain exposure to diverse arts experiences.

UPROSE Read More

Welcome to UPROSE! We are an intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized community organization that promotes sustainability and resiliency through community organizing, education, leadership development and cultural/artistic expression in Brooklyn, NY.

Who We Are
Incorporated in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community based organization. Today, UPROSE is an intergenerational,multi-racial, nationally-recognized community organization that promotes the sustainability and resiliency of the Sunset Park community in Brooklyn through community organizing, education, leadership development and cultural/artistic expression. 

UPROSE’s work encompasses a variety of environmental justice and public health initiatives, from the development of the waterfront and local brownfields, to transportation, open space and airquality needs, to educational and youth empowerment campaigns.

UPROSE has achieved multiple groundbreaking accomplishments in community-based planning and development. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy in fall 2012, it has intensified its focus on the adaptation of Sunset Park to the changing climate and to deepening its community resiliency. 

Goals
UPROSE goals are to :

  • Foster and strengthen intergenerational and indigenous leadership
  • Empower young people to set their own agendas and organize
  • Facilitate community-inclusive practices & policies in environmental and land use decisions
  • Address environmental neglect and mitigate environmental harms
  • Enhance environmental amenities (e.g. open space)
  • Advocate and bolster sustainable and just development
  • Address and mitigate social inequities
  • Promote and preserve the diverse cultures and traditions of Sunset Park residents
  • Increase government accountability and transparency

 

WEEKSVILLE HERITAGE CENTER Read More

Our Mission
To document, preserve and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement.

About Us
Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities.  Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs.  Weeksville advances its mission through history, preservation, visual and performing arts, ecology and the built environment.

“If you want to identify what a human community needs to be - anywhere in our world - Weeksville would be an excellent model.

— Marcia Goldman, Former President, Weeksville Board of Trustees

“Everyplace has a Weeksville, where ordinary people came first and labored to create a more hospitable living setting for their loved ones. The rediscovery and preservation of this local history provides a means of reestablishing a continuity with the past so that children, armed with the knowledge of the contributions of their forebears can gain strength to meet the challenge of the future.

— Joan Maynard, Former Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center

 

WILLIE MAE ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS Read More

Mission
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education, volunteerism, and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Statement of Purpose
The organization brings together girls and women from diverse communities and encourages them to explore self-expression through music, hone their critical thinking skills, build meaningful alliances with other girls and women, develop confidence in making healthy choices in their lives, and effect positive change in their communities and in the world.

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls operates a summer day camp, after school programs, and community events in New York City.

Non-Discrimination Policy
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity or expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarships, and other Camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls welcomes campers who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming. Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls also welcomes individuals who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming to apply for leadership volunteer positions at camp. Non-leadership volunteer roles are open to individuals who self-identify as female, male, trans, and gender non-conforming. For more information, see the job descriptions for volunteer positions.

A special note to male-identified allies: Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is primarily led by and for women and girls. We also value diversity, inclusion, and sensitivity towards all individuals, regardless of gender identity or expression. The organization welcomes the support of male-identified allies, and expects male-identified allies who would like to volunteer to respect the importance of leadership by women.

 

YWCA OF BROOKLYN Read More

Mission
YWCA Brooklyn is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

YWCA Brooklyn furthers its mission by providing affordable, safe, permanent, housing for over 300 women; social justice advocacy, education and activism; and newly renovated, conveniently located, subsidized offices, event space, and meeting and training facilities for our nonprofit and civic partners in the Brooklyn community.

Critical to YWCA Brooklyn’s social justice model is the dedication of its newly renovated,180,000 square foot downtown Brooklyn building in service to the community and specifically other grassroots organizations also serving women and girls in Brooklyn. Facing a rapidly gentrifying borough, YWCA Brooklyn recognizes that many nonprofits cannot pay the rising costs of rent and are, as a result, struggling to survive. Through YWCA Brooklyn funded subsidizes for both office and program space, these organizations are able, not only to survive, but also to expand the reach and impact of their services. YWCA Brooklyn is proud to currently house four other nonprofit organizations including Girls for Gender Equity, as well as to provide free event and meeting space to dozens of other nonprofits throughout Brooklyn. In 2015 there were over 20,000 visits to YWCA Brooklyn’s Social Justice Community Center.

Leadership
Martha Kamber has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of the YWCA of Brooklyn for the past nine years where she built 300 units of housing for low-income and homeless women and a community center dedicated to social justice initiatives. Martha brings to the task over thirty years of social justice and nonprofit management experience and has worked extensively in the areas of women¹s empowerment, domestic violence and trauma, advocacy, affordable housing, public health and education.

HATTIE CARTHAN COMMUNITY FARM AND MARKET Read More

Mission
The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers market is a grassroots, people of color-led agricultural revitalization project in Central Brooklyn NYC. 

Vision
The market’s vision is to cultivate a healthy, holistic, and self-sufficient community grounded in the systems and cycles of the earth.

Goals
To increase access to locally grown fresh food, farm culture and intergenerational agricultural education to all facets of community in a neighborhood classified as a “fresh food desert." The market accomplishes it’s goals by operating community based cultural programs and ventures which nourish human potential and cooperative economics.

The community farmers market is located on Clifton Place at Marcy Avenue directly behind the Hattie Carthan Community Garden. The original market runs Saturdays 9am - 3pm from July - November , and younger market located at 49 Van Buren Street runs Sundays 1pm to 6pm July to November. 
The community based/led  markets were founded by Yonnette Fleming, V.P. of the Hattie Carthan Community Garden and 13 Hattie Carthan gardeners. The lot was cleaned and visioned in March 2009 when Fleming  received permission from the NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation to clear, design and  utilize the lot which was used as a thriving dumping ground for over twenty years . To date, the project founder Ms Fleming and community volunteers have contributed over 70,000  documentable volunteer hours to ensure the markets continue to grow 

VOCAL-NY Read More

About Us
Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization building power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war and mass incarceration, along with the organizations that serve us, to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, public education, participatory research and direct action.

VOCAL-NY was formerly known as the New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN) until 2010.

Our Work

  • Grassroots Campaigns
  • Community Organizing & Base Building
  • Civic Engagement
  • Training & Leadership Development
  • Direct Services

 

Principle Issues

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Drug Policy
  • Civil Rights & Mass Incarceration

 

Related Issues

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Drug Policy
  • Civil Rights and Mass Incarceration
  • Economy and Democracy