Thursday, June 18, 2009

Make Talk Work Video Winner!

Congratulations to Bailey's Cafe, winner of the Honorable Mention award of the 2009 Make Talk Work International Video Competition! This competition, sponsored by the JAMS Foundation, and CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was a video project designed to increase public awareness of dispute resolution through the use of short 60 second videos. The videos demonstrate how creative visual messages focusing on how to better understand and manage conflicts, differences, and misunderstandings can be of value for people around the world.

A special congratulations to Stephanie Kaytel, graduate of Paul Robeson High School's technology program, and creator of "Make Talk Work." Take a look:

Bailey's cafe is a center for educational and cultural activity. It's goals are to provide youth with an opportunity to connect to positive adults and peers; provide youth and seniors with outlets for creative expression; support good health and nutrition; and to provide meaningful community service opportunities.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Crown Heights Celebrates Together at 15th Annual Family Day Picnic

On Sunday June 7th, 3,000 residents of Crown Heights joined together for a Crown Heights tradition - a full day of celebration at the 15th Annual Family Day Picnic at Lefferts Park.

The day began with a parade down Empire Boulevard. Families then had the opportunity to eat and play together during the picnic. Activities and entertainment included face painting by the local youth volunteers, horseback rides, moon bounces, martial arts demonstrations, and puppet shows. The Leadership Training Institute worked hard to organize performers, resources, and volunteers for the fair. Willard Hawkins, one of the Leadership Training Institute members, was "overwhelmed" at Family Day Picnic, seeing people interact in a way that normally does not happen in Crown Heights.

Enjoy a slideshow of the event, made by Mediation Center AmeriCorps member Hanan Ohayon.