Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Seasonal Jobs in the Area

As part of working on increasing youth engagement in the community, the "I am C.H.A.N.G.E." Coalition and the Mediation Center have put together a information sheet on holiday jobs in the area, including information on which stores are hiring for the holidays and some basic tips for those seeking jobs. Feel free to print and distribute the flyer widely as part of our effort to get this timely information out to those in the community while employers are still hiring!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Highlights this Week

Lots of things have been going on at the Mediation Center during the first full week of October!

Here are a few highlights:
  • Project Director Amy Ellenbogen enjoyed the holiday of Sukkot with Governor Paterson, Senator Eric Adams, Council Member John Liu and Council Member Letitia James at the Jewish Children's Museum on Eastern Parkway. Click here for Senator Eric Adams' press release.
  • Lawyers from Legal Aid came to the Mediation Center this week for our monthly immigration clinic, and assisted seventeen people with their immigration status.
  • Program Associate Eleanor Anderson launched fall recruitment for the Greenpoint Youth Court, and met with students and leaders at area schools to recruit for this program. Applications are due Tuesday, October 13. For more information or an application, email or call 646-460-1764.
  • The Mediation Center met with People's Production House, an organization that emphasizes media and media skills in its pursuit of social change.
  • This was also the first full week of work for our new Americorps members. We welcome them warmly to the Mediation Center as they get to know their way around the office!

Friday, October 2, 2009

I am C.H.A.N.G.E.

Since the beginning of September, a new coalition has been meeting at the Mediation Center. Organized by Assemblyman Karim Camara and Council Member Letitia James and comprised of organizations, leaders, and residents of Crown Heights, the I am C.H.A.N.G.E. (Crown Heights Area Next Generation's Empowerment) group has taken up the issue of disconnected youth as its focus.

The group has defined disconnected youth as people ages 16-24 who are both out of school and out of a job. In an effort to reduce the numbers of disconnected youth in the community and re-engage them in a positive way, participants in I am C.H.A.N.G.E. have been working together and building partnerships between the various organizations and individuals involved, with the belief that much more can be accomplished through combining our efforts.

In this collaborative spirit, the group has decided that its first event will reach out to the target group of youth in a direct way, through street team outreach. The event will feature a musical performance as well as an array of resources through which youth can become engaged in the community in a positive way.

Though still in the planning stage, the goal of the event will be to engage disconnected youth in a way that facilitates the opportunity for youth to connect with the available resources in area, to build relationships, to illustrate the value and importance of utilizing one's voice, and to be able to move forward after the event in a sustainable way.

Look out for more information on this exciting event in the coming weeks!

Job Opening at Mediation Center

Position: Office Manager/Trainer (Volunteer AmeriCorps Position with a living stipend and educational award)


The Organization:

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is a unique neighborhood institution that works to improve community problem-solving, collaboration, and inter-group relations in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Operating out of our storefront offices since 1998, the Mediation Center seeks innovative ways to promote community cohesion in our neighborhood, known for fragmentation. This includes providing residents with links to resources on issues like education, parenting, housing, and immigration; providing support to young people navigating the challenges of a community tainted by violence, drugs, and poverty; and galvanizing neighborhood, borough, and city stakeholders in order to improve the quality of life for all residents.


General office administration:

  • Provide secretarial and administrative support.
  • Process and respond to general requests for information.
  • Manage and maintain inventory of office supplies and all office equipment.
  • Manage calendar and appointments for the Judge and Director as needed.
  • Manage and maintain contacts database.

Accounting/Financial Management

  • Prepare vendor payment requisitions for external vendors.
  • Maintain filing system of receipts and invoices.
  • Manage relationships with external vendors.


  • Assist in conflict resolution and mediation trainings when needed (the opportunity for increased responsibility facilitating trainings may be available if desired).
  • Coordinate the program planning and activities for the Crown Heights Leadership Training Institute. The Crown Heights Leadership is a program designed to bring together diverse members of the community together to learn concrete skills in community strengthening such as coalition building. Grant writing, working with the media, etc…


  • Ability to multi-task and adapt to changing environments
  • Computer savvy including knowledge of Microsoft Suite
  • Excellent phone manner
  • Personable and excellent people skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations
  • Personal experience with public assistance, food stamps, public housing, homelessness, or medicaid is a plus but not needed
  • Commit to the mission and purpose of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
  • Represent the Mediation Center in a professional manner

This is a Full-Time AmeriCorps Member position. The Office Manager/Trainer will serve 1700 hours in 365 days, receive a living stipend, and an educational stipend.

To apply: No phone calls please. Please email your resume and cover letter to Please put the job title, “Office Manager/Trainer” in the subject line. Please submit your resume as soon as possible.

The Fund for the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity gives us strength and depth. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.