Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Position Available: Graphic Designer

Save Our Streets Crown Heights, the new anti-gun violence program out of the Mediation Center, is currently seeking a graphic designer with marketing and branding experience to help S.O.S. create brochures, publicity materials, and public education materials that solidify its identity.
To apply, send a resume, cover letter, sample work and required compensation to crownheightsjobs@gmail.com. Please write “graphic designer” in the subject line.
The deadline to apply is January 15, 2011.
 Click HERE for the link to the full job description.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mediation Center's End of the Year Report

We’ve had an incredible year at the Crown Heights Mediation Center.
Please enjoy our 2010 end of the year letter from the Mediation Center's director, Amy Ellenbogen.
2010 Crown Heights Community Mediation Center End of the Year Letter

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Conflict Resolution Training with UFT

"[This training] spoke on real issues." "Real solutions were given."
One of the services we offer at the Mediation Center is fee-for-service trainings and workshops. Last month we were invited to the United Federation of Teachers' Brooklyn Families and Educators Conference to teach a workshop on conflict resolution 101.
We had over 30 folks attend the workshop who reported back to us that they appreciated learning new ways to resolve conflict and would recommend the training to other parents so they could use some of the tools we provided in their day-to-day lives. Although some people might at first think of conflict resolution techniques as idealistic or unrealistic, many participants told us that we provided real-life solutions to conflict that they intended to use; just the kind of feedback we were hoping for. If you would like to schedule a training with the Mediation Center, contact Ife Charles at (718)773-6886.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MS 348, Washington Heights Expeditionary School Visits the Mediation Center

Last week, four classes of 7th graders from Washington Heights Expeditionary School, MS 348, visited the Mediation Center as part of a cross-curriculum trip to explore the culture and geography of Brooklyn. We discussed the different cultures in the community, how they interact, and the role of the Mediation Center in Crown Heights. We all had a great time comparing and contrasting Crown Heights and Washington Heights and were pleased to be a stop on their tour.

S.O.S. program manager, Lisa Jones, quizzes students on problem-solving strategies at the Mediation Center.
Students listen to our director, Amy Ellenbogen, as she tells them the history of Crown Heights and the Mediation Center.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Daily News Promotes the S.O.S. Crown Heights Multimedia Contest

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 the Daily News ran an article previewing the S.O.S. anti-gun violence film screening and discussion at LaunchPad. The S.O.S. Multimedia Contest got a great plug at the end, complete with the following quote from our director, Amy Ellenbogen.
"Through its anti-violence program, SOS Crown Heights, the [Crown Heights Community Mediation Center] plans to launch a media campaign of its own, soliciting young artists to come up with posters, radio and and video spots and public service announcements with an anti-gun message for its 2011 Save Our Streets Multimedia Contest. “We want to transform the culture from one that’s tolerant of violence to one that’s intolerant,” [Amy] Ellenbogen said. “Media and the arts are powerful tools in our efforts.”"
Please help us continue to spread the word about the Media Contest, and don't forget to register HERE.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Searching for Space

Space for Rent?
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights is searching for additional office space. We need a location to rent that is between 1,200-2,000 square feet and located in the 77th precinct (Crown Heights North). If you know of the perfect place, please call us and ask for Ms. Charles, (718) 773-6886.

Reentry Resource Directories Have Arrived

We are pleased to finally have our updated 2010-2011 Reentry Resource Directory available for free. This is a directory of services, resources, and information for people who have been incarcerated and are now returning to our central Brooklyn community. We hope you will find it helpful and will share it with others. Copies are available at our office, 256 Kingston Ave and available to download HERE.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Applications Open for Leadership Training Institite 2011

The Mediation Center has been busy preparing for the next cycle of the Leadership Training Institute which will start in January 2011 and is seeking participants.  The Leadership Training Institute is a program aimed at bringing together community members who are dedicated to working to improve Crown Heights to both strengthen their leadership skills and build relationships with others in the community.

Through the Institute, participants will meet with trainers who are experts in their fields on a variety of topics to learn from each other, and develop and ultimately implement their skills.  These topics include networking, community organizing, grant writing and fundraising, coalition building, working with the media, and event planning.  Participants will be able to put their newly acquired skills to use by organizing a community project as a final project of the Institute.  Past groups have organized a local photography contest, a resource and entertainment fair to complement the Annual Family Day Picnic in Crown Heights, a healthy foods expo and published a guide for access to healthy food in Crown Heights.


This year, LTI will have two cohorts: One will build on momentum from last year's group by continuing to work on healthy food access and the other will work on an anti-gun violence project related to the work of our program, Save Our Streets Crown Heights.

At the end of the program, participants will come away with concrete skills as well as relationships with others in the community who are dedicated to improving Crown Heights.

Applications are available for download HERE, in the sidebar on the left-hand side of this page, and can also be picked up by stopping by the Mediation Center. Applications are due by January 3rd, 2011.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Reminder: Anti-Gun Violence Film Screening

Don't forget that this Thursday night, S.O.S. Crown Heights and our partner anti-gun violence organizations will be screening a selection of anti-gun violence films and hosting a panel discussion.
For full details, click HERE.
Thursday, November 18th.
7:00 PM
LaunchPad: 721 Franklin Avenue.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rites of Passage 2010

The Rites of Passage program has a few final spots available before we are at capacity for the year. The program is open to young girls, ages 13-17 who are interested in a womanhood training program to guide them in becoming exemplary young women.
Sessions run Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:30 PM.
For more information, contact Ms. Ife Charles at 718-773-6886, or family@crownheights.org

Monday, November 1, 2010

Let's Green and Clean Nostrand Ave!

Anti-Gun Violence Film Screening Night at LaunchPad

On November 18th, S.O.S. Crown Heights and our partner anti-gun violence organizations will be screening a selection of anti-gun violence films and hosting a panel discussion. This event is building on the success of last month's anti-gun violence screening by DCTV's Beyond Bullets project that featured "A Harlem Mother" and several of their short films. The panel will include several S.O.S. staff members and should be an exciting and engaging evening for all.
The event will take place November 18th, 2010 at LaunchPad-Crown Heights' new creative gathering place focused on the arts, community programs, technology, and anything else that captures the imagination. They are located at 721 Franklin Avenue.
Time: 7:00 PM



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Shooting Response, Thursday 10/28, 6:00 PM

Early Monday morning we had another shooting within the 77th Precinct confines. The victim was a 58 year old black male who succumbed to his injuries. The incident took place in the vicinity of Lincoln Terrace Park.

S.O.S. will be having a Shooting Response on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM. We will meet at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Buffalo Avenue (look for our signs). Please join us.



Friday, October 15, 2010

S.O.S. Peace March: Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 6:00 PM

S.O.S. is organizing a community-wide march to promote a message of peace and demonstrate that shootings and killings are unacceptable. In the wake of the rampant violence that has damaged and claimed so many lives, residents of Crown Heights, including victims’ family members, clergy, and those people closest to the gun violence, are expected to walk.

Please Join us and the rest of the community in our march to end the shootings and killings.

Wednesday October 20th, 2010 at 6:00 PM

March will begin at the Northwest corner of Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue.

We will walk West towards Franklin Avenue ending at Franklin and Eastern Parkway. There we will recognize the lives lost and those affected by gun violence in Crown Heights North.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Lisa Jones, S.O.S. Program Manager at 718-679-9410.

Click HERE to download the Peace March press release.
Click HERE to download the march flyer to help us spread the word.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Vote for our very own "Brooklyn Do Gooder"

Our director, Amy Ellenbogen, has been nominated for the Brooklyn Do Gooder Award and needs your vote. The Brooklyn Community Foundation Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards celebrates the altruism, philanthropy and commitment of five Brooklyn "Do Gooders" who are working toward a stronger Brooklyn. If Amy wins, we'll receive a $5000 grant to fund some of the exciting new projects we're working on.
You can vote up to five times every day until October 15th.
Don't delay, vote for Amy today! click HERE for the link.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Announcing the Save Our Streets Multimedia Contest


We invite you to take part in the 2011 Save Our Streets Multimedia Contest. We are seeking talented youth and adult artists to contribute to our anti-gun violence public education campaign. We are accepting submissions for Public Service Announcement, Video or Radio Short, and Poster Design categories. The goal is to convey the strong message that shootings and killings are not acceptable in Crown Heights or any other neighborhood.  
Process
Submissions will be reviewed by distinguished community members with final decisions being made by the S.O.S. leadership team. In determining the contest winners, there will be two rounds of review. Those who pass the first review round will be invited to the 2011 Save Our Streets Multimedia Festival and Awards Ceremony where competing submissions will be exhibited and winners will be publicly recognized. Winners will also be featured on the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center blog.  
Why Submit?
-If you win, you can expect your work to appear all over Crown Heights and on local media venues as a symbol of hope and positive change for our community.
-You will be joining a program that is part of a national effort to reduce gun violence.
-1st and 2nd place winners from each category will be awarded with a monetary prize and will be considered for future paid engagement.  
To Register
Contact Micah Weiss, Special Projects Coordinator, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, to receive specific guidelines and the S.O.S. logo for your submission. 718-773-6886, mweiss@crownheights.org. Or click HERE to register online.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Win up to $10,000 in the National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students

The United States Institute of Peace is holding their annual National Peace Essay Contest. This scholarship contest is for high school students who are interested in international issues, conflict resolution, peace studies, justice, and human rights. The 2010-2011 contests topic is “Governance, Corruption, and Conflict.” Students must answer the question:

For those who hope to prevent violent conflict, how can their efforts to reduce, if not eliminate, corruption best contribute to building sustainable peace using two cases of countries in transition from war to peace?

First-place state winners receive scholarships and are invited to Washington for a five-day awards program. The Institute pays for expenses related to the program, including travel, lodging, meals and entertainment. This unique five-day program promotes an understanding of the nature and process of international peacemaking by focusing on a region and/or theme related to the current essay contest.

Click here for more detailed information on eligibility, registration, submission, and other requirements.

Deadline: February 1st, 2011

Thursday, September 16, 2010

DCTV anti-gun violence film screening and panel discussion, Tuesday, 9/21


Beyond Bullets, a project of the Downtown Community Television Center and partner in trying to reduce gun violence in New York City, will hold an anti-gun violence film screening featuring the moving "Harlem Mother" and several short videos from BeyondBullets.org. After the movie, Shaina Harrison from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence  (and a former CHCMC staff member) will be featured in a panel discussion among others.

Click here to see Beyond Bullets’ short film on S.O.S: Save Our Streets Crown Heights.

When: Tuesday, September 21st, 2:00 PM
Where: DCTV- 87 Lafayette St., New York, NY
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Unnoticed Beauty" - A Photography Competition by Ground Up Designers


Ground Up Designers, an interdisciplinary design studio in Brooklyn, is hosting the “Unnoticed Beauty” photography competition as part of their Built & Branded book project that focuses on discovering new artistic perspectives within Central Brooklyn communities. The photographs for the Unnoticed Beauty competition must be taken within Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, or Fort Green. Two photographs from each neighborhood will be selected to become a part of the Built & Branded project. The selected photographs will be published in the project’s book, digital map, and post card set, as well as being exhibited at the book project’s release party.
From Ground Up:
“What is the most beautiful place in Crown Heights? What was that intriguing thing you noticed on the street in Fort Greene? SHOW US! Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have, we are excited to see what you come up with!”

Submission Requirements:
-One photograph OR a series of five photographs (one from each neighborhood) based on the competition’s theme, “Unnoticed Beauty”.
-All photographs must be submitted in high-resolution digital form.
-Location (address or cross st.), Date, and Time photograph was taken
-Your Name, Phone Number & Email Address

Registration Deadline: Friday – September 17th 2010
Submission Deadline: Emailed to Lana Zellner by: Thursday – September 30, 2010, 5:00pm
Open To: Student, professional, and aspiring photographers
Entry Fee: None

Contact: Lana Zellner
Email: design@groundupdesigners.com
Phone: 347.722.1659

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mediation Center Celebrates Graduates of Leadership Training Institute

Last Wednesday, the Mediation Center celebrated the graduates of the Leadership Training Institute and their efforts to improve the community. After attending six months of training in community activism skills, the twelve graduates organized a Crown Heights "Eat Healthy/Eat Local" Food Fair, which featured a variety of vendors, including hydroponic gardening from Boswyck Farms, free yoga, pilates, delicious cooking demonstrations from East New York Farms and Hattie Carthan Community Garden, locally-sourced gourmet sauces and condiments from The Pour Gourmet, information from the new Central Brooklyn CSA and Lefferts Community Food Co-Op, and more. The group also produced two publications which offer a comprehensive list of local resources for eating healthy in our neighborhood and feature healthy recipes from our community.


Mediation Center staff and Elected Officials with a
graduate of the program, Ms. Bettye Watford Bogan.
Graduate Geralyn Harry called the Leadership Training Institute "amazingly transformative. It was awesome. I finally felt like I was home." Carol Hauge, another graduate, said, "This program did everything I wanted and more. How often can you say that? We learned a lot and put into use everything we learned."

The graduation was attended by the graduates and their friends and families, as well as elected officials who presented the graduates with citation certificates to thank them for their work in the community. Present at the graduation were Ann Marie Adamson of Borough President Marty Markowitz's office, Maurice Roberts of Senator Eric Adam's office, Assemblyman Karim Camara, Councilmember Jumaane Williams, Gigi Davis-Elliott representing Councilmember Letitia James, and Councilmember Mathieu Eugene. Councilmembers Vann, Mealy, Sanders, Recchia also provided citations for the graduates.

Congratulations again to the graduates of the program!

Friday, July 23, 2010

S.O.S. Shooting Response Tonight


Tonight at 6pm, Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) will hold a grassroots shooting response at Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue. This will be a chance for the community to take ownership in demonstrating that shootings and killings are not acceptable in Crown Heights, and that too many residents have suffered though the loss of loved ones.

Here are the details:

Location: Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue (look for the S.O.S. posters)
Date: Friday, July 23, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm

For more information, call 347-401-1595.

S.O.S. is a neighborhood based movement to end shootings and killings. Working with the community, highly trained workers:
  • Provide immediate interventions whenever a shooting occurs.
  • Reach out to the victims, friends, and family members.
  • Work to ensure that retaliatory shootings do not take place.
  • Create a community network of residents, clergy, and business owners. 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Job Openings at the Mediation Center

The Mediation Center is recruiting for three full-time AmeriCorps positions. AmeriCorps is an intensive service program designed to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Participants receive a bi-weekly stipend check and upon completion of their service hours an educational award of $5,350. At our office, AmeriCorps members will assist clients, create and run programs, and ensure that the storefront operations run smoothly. These jobs have tremendous responsibility and provide plenty of opportunity for learning and professional development. If you or someone you know would like to join our team, send a cover letter and resume to crownheightsjobs@gmail.com. Please put the job title in the subject of the e-mail and submit your materials as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you! Here are the job positions:

Position: Youth Specialist
THIS IS A 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. This includes providing residents with links to resources on issues like education, parenting, housing, and immigration; providing support to young people and galvanizing neighborhood, borough, and city stakeholders in order to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Responsibilities:
• To design and implement an anti-violence program for youth ages 14-16 and 16-18
• Create lesson plans that are fun, educational, promote group cohesion and teach youth about the effects of violence in the neighborhood.
• Create lessons that teach about leadership development and community organizing.
• Assist in the creation of youth-led anti-violence activities
• Teach youth about the theory and practice of non-violence
• Assist with single sex Rites of Passage pregnancy prevention programs
• On an as-needed basis, train young people in conflict resolution and mediation
• Create special youth-led projects and campaigns such as an anti-violence media campaign, an arts festival or a publication.

Qualifications:
• Ability to engage young people and teach them
• Creative, patient, and decisive
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work well with diverse populations
• Experience working with young people
• Training experience
• Experience in pregnancy prevention, violence prevention or interest in learning

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

Americorps Responsibilities
• Serve a minimum of 35 hours per week (for a total of 1,700 hours in 1 year) and occasionally some weekends
• Commit to serve for 1 year from October 1st 2010 – September 30th 2011
• Minimum of High School degree preferred (If you do not have a high school degree you must successfully participate in GED program while in service)
• Must be at least 18 years old by October 1st 2010
• An interest in public service, youth development, law and community volunteeris
• You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.
• Bi-lingual skills a plus

Benefits
Full time members that successfully complete their year of service will receive:
• An educational grant award of $5,350
• On the job and supplemental job training
• Living stipend of $11,100
• Free Childcare
• 85% of Corps graduates go on to a full-time job or college!

How to Apply
Send a resume and cover letter by August 30th to crownheightsjobs@gmail.com with the name of the position 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.

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Position: Resource Specialist and Office Manager
THIS IS A 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. This includes providing residents with links to resources on issues like education, parenting, housing, and immigration; providing support to young people and galvanizing neighborhood, borough, and city stakeholders in order to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Responsibilities:
• Assess the needs and strengths of walk in clients, providing brief case management when necessary
• Develop and plan programs and projects as they arise (examples include planning a health fair, a job fair, back to school fair, a community photography contest, a reentry-resource fair, etc.)
• Assist walk-in clients with resources and referrals for such issues as housing, employment, immigration and public benefits
• Update a community resource directory with current information and new service providers

General office administration:
• Provide secretarial and administrative support.
• Manage and maintain inventory of office supplies and all office equipment.
• Manage and maintain contacts database.
• Answer phones, send faxes
• Prepare photocopies and packets

Accounting/Financial Management:
• Prepare vendor payment requisitions for external vendors.
• Maintain filing system of receipts and invoices.
• Manage relationships with external vendors.
• Prepare reiumbursement forms for staff

Qualifications:
• Organized with strong attention to detail
• Ability to create relationships with non-profits
• Personable with clients
• Computer savvy including knowledge of Microsoft Suite
• Ability to keep track lots of information
• Excellent phone manner
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work well with diverse populations
• Personal or professional experience with public housing, immigration, unemployment, and other public services very helpful

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

Americorps Responsibilities
• Serve a minimum of 35 hours per week (for a total of 1,700 hours in 1 year) and occasionally some weekends
• Commit to serve for 1 year from October 1st 2010 – September 30th 2011
• Minimum of High School degree preferred (If you do not have a high school degree you must successfully participate in GED program while in service)
• Must be at least 18 years old by October 1st 2010
• An interest in public service, youth development, law and community volunteerism
• You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.
• Bi-lingual skills a plus

Benefits
Full time members that successfully complete their year of service will receive:
• An educational grant award of $5,350
• On the job and supplemental job training
• Living stipend of $11,100
• Free Childcare
• 85% of Corps graduates go on to a full-time job or college!

How to Apply
Send a resume and cover letter by August 30th to crownheightsjobs@gmail.com with the name of the position 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.

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Position: Resource Specialist (Americorps Position)
THIS IS A VOLUNTEER AMERICORPS POSITION WITH A LIVING STIPEND AND EDUCATIONAL AWARD

The Organization:
The Save Our Streets Crown Heights (SOS) Crown Heights is a community-based effort to end gun violence in our neighborhood. This program is a partnership led by local organizations, neighborhood churches and pastors, and community residents. SOS Crown Heights will reduce the violence in our streets by working closely with the individuals most likely to commit a shooting.

Responsibilities:
• To oversee and update the S.O.S Program's Resource Directory with current information and new service providers and programs.
• To coordinate resource referrals for S.O.S participants in areas such as housing, employment, job training, GED, public benefits, etc.
• Update our Resource Directory with current information and new service providers and programs.
• Report lessons learned and information gathered from meetings with Program Manager.

Qualifications:
• Knowledge of Crown Heights area service providers a plus
• Research experience
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Excellent people skills
• Ability to work well with diverse populations
• Resourceful and creative
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends
• Bi-lingual skills a plus
• People with knowledge and experience working within an agency that deals with Public Assistance and Housing are preferred

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

Americorps Responsibilities
• Serve a minimum of 35 hours per week (for a total of 1,700 hours in 1 year) and occasionally some weekends
• Commit to serve for 1 year from October 1st 2010 – September 30th 2011
• Minimum of High School degree preferred (If you do not have a high school degree you must successfully participate in GED program while in service)
• Must be at least 18 years old by October 1st 2010
• An interest in public service, youth development, law and community volunteerism
• You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.

Benefits
Full time members that successfully complete their year of service will receive:
• An educational grant award of $5,3550
• On the job and supplemental job training
• Living stipend of $11,100
• Free Childcare
• 85% of Corps graduates go on to a full-time job or college!

How to Apply
Send a resume and cover letter by August 30th to crownheightsjobs@gmail.com with the name of the position in the subject line. Please submit your resume as soon as possible.

You must also complete the Juvenile Justice Corps 2010-2011 Application which is available by clicking on the following link:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/34951879/Juvenile-Justice-Corps-2010-2011-Application-1


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.

Free local events

Check out these free events in Crown Heights over the next week! Click to make the flyer bigger or stop into the Mediation Center to pick up a copy.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

German Delegation from U.S. State Department Visits Crown Heights

Last week a German delegation from the U.S. State Department visited the Mediation Center to learn about Crown Heights and the kind of work we do. Project Director Amy Ellenbogen lead the visitors on a tour of Crown Heights and staff members had an opportunity to share some of our current projects. Carmen Ess from the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs stated that the visitors reported that it was the highlight of their entire trip!


New Documents Added to Side Bar

Two new documents were recently added to the right-hand side bar under documents. Both were produced by the participants in our Leadership Training Institute and have some great information to share.

The first is a resource guide to healthy eating in Crown Heights, which features information about local community supported agriculture groups, farms, educational programs, and other organizations all working toward bringing more healthy food access to Crown Heights. The second document is a cookbook comprised of easy to make, healthy recipes our LTI participants and vendors at our Eat Healthy/Eat Local fair contributed. 

Be sure to take a look and download these handy references!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Free events in Crown Heights

Check out these free local events happening this week! Click to make the flyer bigger or stop into the office to pick one up.

Monday, July 12, 2010

CHCMC alumna on CBS

Former Avodah Fellow at the Mediation Center Emma Levine recently got a mention in a CBS news video and article about her most recent position at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C., a charter high school that sends 100 percent of its graduates on to college. Emma is the alumni coordinator there. Both the video and article can be seen at the CBS site. Congratulations to Emma!

Updated Reentry Resource Guide

Recently the Upper Manhattan Reentry Task Force, based at Harlem Community Justice Center, and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office released an updated reentry resource guide for reentrants and their families. Titled, "Coming Home," the guide provides resources for people returning from prison in a number of different areas, including mental health, substance abuse, employment, education, health, legal services.

The guide is accessible in PDF form at the Center for Court Innovation here. For more about reentry in Upper Manhattan, check out the Re-thinking Reentry blog maintained by the Harlem Community Justice Center.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Weeksville Heritage Center Seeks Volunteers

Weeksville Heritage Center is seeking volunteers for their summer Garden Party series. The Garden Parties are a series of outdoor festivals on four dates in July that feature food, music, and film. Volunteers will help greet and direct visitors, set up for concerts, pass out and collect event surveys, and generally help all around. In exchange, volunteers will receive a voucher for a free tour at Weeksville as well as a behind the scenes look at putting together a non-profit music, film, and food series.

Greeting and directing visitors; gathering information for Weeksville's mailing list; concert set up, passing out and collecting event surveys; assisting with artists, concert producers and sound crew; assist with screening setup. Volunteers will receive a voucher for a free Weeksville tour as well as a behind the scenes look at producing a music, film and food festival.

Garden Parties are every Saturday in July, starting this Saturday July 3rd. For more information on each date, check out Weeksville's online events calendar. To volunteer, contact Erin McMonagle at erin@weeksvillesociety.org or 718-756-5250 x312. Volunteers are needed from 10am-9pm. Shifts are 10am-2pm, 2pm-7pm and 5pm-9pm. Set up 10am-4pm; gates open at 4pm; music begins at 6pm; films begin at 8pm or sundown.

Crown Heights is Cookin' Launch Party a Success

This week the Mediation Center and Crown Heights Jewish Community Council celebrated the accomplishments of the young women in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program with a graduation ceremony and book launch party for the cookbook they created, Crown Heights is Cookin'.  The young women, from diverse backgrounds themselves, interviewed and photographed a diverse group of Crown Heights residents and compiled their recipes and memories about food in this tasty volume.  The book is for sale at the Mediation Center and at blurb.com for $25, and the young women share in the profits.


A few of the young women who worked on Crown Heights is Cookin'.

The launch party was well-attended by around fifty community members and others interested in the young women's innovative project.  They even attracted News 12 Brooklyn, who did a report on the project. Check it out here and stop into the Mediation Center to purchase your copy of the book!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

LTI Holds Eat Healthy/Eat Local Fair

Last Saturday, St. Johns Place was abuzz with the sights and smells of healthy eating for our Leadership Training Institute's Eat Healthy/Eat Local Fair at St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Church. The fair featured a variety of vendors, including hydroponic gardening from Boswyck Farms, free yoga, pilates, and qi gong classes from Force and Flow Fitness Studio, delicious cooking demonstrations from East New York Farms and Hattie Carthan Community Garden, locally-sourced gourmet sauces and condiments from The Pour Gourmet, and information from the new Central Brooklyn CSA and Lefferts Community Food Coop, and more.

Vendors at Eat Healthy/Eat Local Fair at St. Gregory's Church.

Yonnette Fleming of Hattie Carthan Community Garden leading a cooking demonstration.

Along with all of this great information, our hosts at St. Gregory's added to the fun with a barbecue and moonbounce for kids in the neighborhood. It was a fun and educational day for all!

The Leadership Training Institute produced two documents for the event, a resource guide to healthy eating in the community and a collection of healthy recipes to try at home. Stop by to pick up your copies at the Mediation Center, or download them here. Both are available in the "Documents" section of the sidebar to the right.

Congratulations to the Leadership Training Institute on such an innovative and informative event!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

H.E.L.P. Summer Camp for Youth

The 88th Precinct H.E.L.P. (Helping Encourage Leadership Potential) Program is a free summer camp for young people ages 12-16. H.E.L.P. is currently recruiting youth for its six week program. For more information, contact Youth Officers P.O. Santos or P.O. Pool at 718-636-6569 or check out the 88th Precinct Community Council's website.

End of the Year at Global Studies - Part II

On Monday June 21, 6th and 7th grade students at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies were honored for their accomplishments over the course of the year.

Among the honorees were nine students recognized for their participation in the middle school Peer Mediation program offered on site by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center.




During the 2009-2010 school year, the Crown Heights Mediation Center operated a School Justice Center at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies, including Peer Mediation programming for middle school students.

Mediation Center staff provided two Peer Mediation trainings over the course of the year, and supervised weekly meetings where students practied mediation techniques and helped to support each other through personal and academic challenges. 

Congratulations to the Global Studies middle school Peer Mediators!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Community Consultation for Brooklyn Drug Policy

Next Tuesday the New York Academy of Medicine and the Drug Policy Alliance are hosting a community consultation for Brooklyn on drug policy, and community members are invited to attend.

The meeting is part of a series of consultations around the topic of drug policies and their impacts, and they aim to hear personal experiences, barriers, and successes related to drugs and policies in the realm of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, public safety, and criminal justice.

The meeting will take place on June 29th from 6-8pm at St. Francis College (room: Founders Hall) at 180 Remsen St. between Court and Clinton Streets. To RSVP or for more information, contact Tracy Pugh from New York Academy of Medicine at 212-419-3551 or tpugh@nyam.org.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

LTI Gears Up for Eat Healthy/Eat Local Fair

Over the past several weeks, members of our Leadership Training Institute have been working hard to line up vendors and activities for their Eat Healthy/Eat Local Fair on June 26th, in collaboration with the Health Fair at St. Gregory's on that day.

The Eat Healthy/Eat Local portion of the fair will feature a number of resources for accessing healthy, local food in our neighborhood, as well as cooking demonstrations and sample exercise classes.  See the flyer below, and come check out the fair on Saturday the 26th from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Eat Healthy/Eat Local Fair June 26th

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mediation Center Honored by Bailey's Cafe

On Saturday, June 19th Bailey's Cafe, will be hosting Voices of Change, a fundraiser featuring dinner, theater, live music by Michael Hill's Blues Mob, and dancing in honor of Brooklyn Change Makers at the Hattie Carthan Garden from 5:00-9:00 pm. The garden is on Marcy Avenue between Clifton Place and Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The Mediation Center is appreciative to be among this year's list of deserving honorees, which also includes Black Veterans for Social Justice, Dance Theatre Etcetera, Yonnette Fleming, Groundswell Community Mural Project, 651Arts, and Urban Bush Women.

Tickets for the event are $50 and are available at baileyscafe.org.

End of the School Year at Global Studies - Part I

Today, High School Peer Mediators from the Brooklyn School for Global Studies visited Safe Horizon's Brooklyn Mediation Center.  Accompanied by Crown Heights staff person Eleanor Anderson, the students were treated to an exclusive tour by Safe Horizon staff member Rusa Fischer. The students learned about how volunteer mediators are trained, where mediations take place, the most common types of cases, safety measures, and more.  Thanks to Rusa and Safe Horizon for a great trip!




The Crown Heights Mediation Center has been operating a School Justice Center at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies since December 2009.  The Justice Center houses a variety of activities and programs all coordinated by a Mediation Center staff person who is present on site at the school full time. Today's trip was the culminating activity for the high school Peer Mediation group.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Great Family Day!



Last Sunday, June 6th, the Mediation Center participated in the 71st Precinct's annual Family Day Picnic.  The sky was cloudy, but Hamilton Metz park was full of community members young and old enjoying the rides, hot dogs and burgers.  The Mediation Center got in on the fun too, handing out balloons, painting faces and spreading the word about our upcoming programs.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Listen To This: Crown Heights Oral History Project Event

This Wednesday, the Paul Robeson High School students part of the Crown Heights Oral History Project will showcase their work at a community event at LaunchPad. Over the past several months, the students have interviewed over 45 people who have lived in Crown Heights for over 15 years, and in the process they have learned a great deal about the history of the community and the people who populate it.

The event at LaunchPad will feature a formal listening period, as well as a donation of the interview archives from the project. Students will showcase highlights from the stories they recorded, and some of their interviewees will be on hand to contribute to the story telling.

Listen To This: Crown Heights Oral History Project is in collaboration with the Crow Hill Community Association and sponsored by NYC Grassroots Media Coalition and Super Wings NY.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, June 9th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
                              Launchpad, 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn New York
                             (Between Park Pl. and Sterling Pl.)

Credentialed members of the press who would like to attend should RSVP to Alex Kelly at 718-228-7928 or CrownHeightsHistory@gmail.com

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Family Day Picnic This Weekend

This Sunday, June 6th the 71st Precinct, the 71st Precinct Community Council, and Health Plus are putting on the annual Family Day Picnic.  The event starts at 11:30 am with a parade that starts  at New York Avenue and Empire Boulevard and finishes at Hamilton-Metz Park.

The event will feature free kosher and non-kosher food and drinks, as well as horseback riding, entertainments, and rides for children. The Mediation Center will be there with balloons - stop by and say "hi!"

Family Day Picnic Flyer

YEP featured in Daily News

Youth Entrepreneurship Program, which is nearing the completion of its community cookbook project that will feature stories and recipes from a diverse group of Crown Heights residents, was featured in the Daily News on Tuesday, June 1.  The Youth Entrepreneurship Program is a joint project between the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, funded by the UJA Federation with technical assistance provided by CAUSE-NY a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of these young women entrepreneurs and and buy a copy of the cookbook at the launch party for the book on Monday, June 28 at 6:30 at the Mediation Center. RSVP by June 21 to Rachel Levy at 718-773-6886, at http://communityuplink.net/rsvpcrownheights.html, or by emailing rsvpcrownheights@gmail.com.

Daily News Yep 6.1.10

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Malcom X Fest This Sunday

This Sunday the Malcom X Grassroots Movement and the Crystal House Project are sponsoring Malcom X Fest from 12pm-5pm at 89 Crystal St. in Brooklyn. Activities will include Self Defense/Anti Police Brutality Training, t-shirt making workshops, children's activities, and DJ Asere mixing Malcom X speeches and hip-hop all day. Bring a potluck dish to share and eat for free.

For more details, contact Kana at 347-265-4484 or healthiswealth21@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NASW-NYC Recognizes Amy Ellenbogen

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers recently recognized Project Director Amy Ellenbogen with a Social Work Image Award for her work in community organizing at the Mediation Center.

Other honorees included Martha Adams Sullivan (Chapter Service Award), Patricia Volland (Lifetime Achievement Award), Marlene Rodriguez (Social Work Image Award, Administration), and Juan David Gastolomendo (Social Work Image Award, Direct Practice). The keynote address was given by the President of Medgar Ever College Dr. William Pollard, M.S.W. on the topic of social workers as first responders to human need.

Congratulations to Amy and to all the honorees!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tools and Resources Men Need for 2010 and Beyond

Community Board 8 is co-sponsoring an event called Tools and Resources Men Need for 2010 and Beyond on Saturday, June 12th from 12:00-5:00pm. The event will be at Berean Missionary Baptist Church, 1635 Bergen St between Rochester and Utica Aves.

The event will feature a panel discussion, "What I Wish My Father Told Me," with Jitu Weusi, Mark Winston Griffith, Mark Pollard, Esq. and Louis Reyes Rivera. Call 718-467-5620 or 718-467-5574 for more information.

Tools and Resources Men Need for 2010 Event                                                                                                                                   

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Citizenship Drive May 26th - Free Assistance to Apply for U.S. Citizenship

This spring, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is offering FREE ASSISTANCE to eligible individuals to complete the U.S. citizenship application. 

If you are eligible to apply for citizenship, you will be scheduled to meet with a trained volunteer to fill out the N-400 form and receive information about the additional requirements to complete your application.

The next session is May 26 from 4 pm-8 pm.   
 To find out if you are eligible, call (718) 773-6886  
and ask about the “Citizenship Drive.”  
 All information will be kept confidential. 

This event is sponsored by Council Member Darlene Mealy District 41.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Year Up Taking Applications for September 2010

Year Up is a program that prepares ambitious young adults ages 18-24 for careers in IT and finance through offering intensive training in these areas while students receive a weekly stipend and college credits. Over five months, students learn technical, financial, and professional skills and then have opportunities to work as information technology or investment operations interns in a corporate setting.

The program is now taking applications on a rolling basis for its September 2010 term, with deadlines June 9th and July 21st. For more information, visit www.yearup.org/apply or visit an open house every Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm at 55 Exchange Place, Suite 403, New York, NY.  You can also call 212-785-3340 x1338 or email admissionsnyc@yearup.org.

New CB8 Website

If you haven't already seen the new website of Community Board 8, be sure to check it out here. Along with a great redesign, the website also features employment and community news listings, as well as various resources around the community and a lovely running slide show with pictures of the area.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Upcoming Events at LaunchPad

LaunchPad, a new creative space located at 721 Franklin Avenue, is dedicated to hosting free events focused on the arts, community programming, technology, and more. The following are some of their fun upcoming events, which are also on their Facebook page. And while you're on Facebook, don't forget to become a fan of the Mediation Center!

Thursday, 5/13 at 8pm, 721: Art Talks (featuring Michael Dalton)
The first of a new series of forums where photographers can showcase their work in front of their peers, neighbors, and the photography community at large.

Saturday, 5/15 at 2pm, Potluck BBQ and Crawfish Boil
LaunchPad is teaming up with Brooklyn Brainery to celebrate spring and their upcoming semester with a Crawish Boil and Barbecue.

Friday, 5/21 at 9:30am, Coworking Day & BBQ
Free wifi, interesting people, fun projects all around. Work inside or outside. After work BBQ starts at 5:30pm.

Friday, 5/28 at 8pm, Dymaxion Quartet
A jazz performance of nine original compositions inspired by Asca S. R. Aull's "Heaven on Earth" photography series.

Food, Inc. Screening Hosted by LTI

Last week, the Mediation Center's Leadership Training Institute hosted a screening of "Food, Inc." at our office. Throughout their training sessions this year, the group has developed a strong interest in food justice and food activism and are working hard to organize a healthy food fair on June 26th that will educate the community about the benefits of eating healthy, locally, and sustainably.


As a preliminary event the group hosted a screening of the documentary "Food, Inc., " attended by LTI participants, community members, and Mediation Center staff.  After watching the film, which exposes some of the darker aspects of the U.S. industrial food system, the group discussed some of the ways to get involved in changing the food system and becoming more aware of the food we put into our bodies every day.  Some of the ideas for getting involved in the Brooklyn local food/food justice scene included joining the Brooklyn Food Coalition, joining a Crown Heights Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group, joining a food co-op (Park Slope Food Co-op and Lefferts Farm Food Co-op are two options), and watching other films that document where our food comes from such as  "Fresh" and"King Corn."

Keep an eye out for more information about LTI's June 26th healthy food fair soon!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

YouthBridge-NY Recruiting Student Leaders

YouthBridge-NY, a two-year leadership training program for New York City students going into 11th grade, is recruiting for Fall 2010. YouthBridge Fellows come together for monthly skill-building workshops, specialized action committees, meetings with city leaders, while developing relationships with their peers and having fun.

Contact Monica Merlis at mmerlis@jcrcny.org or 212-983-4800 x122 for more information, or visit http://www.youthbridgeny.org/ to download an application. Applications are also available at the Mediation Center, and are due April 30th.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Census Assistance at Assemblyman Camara's Office

Assemblyman Karim Camara is offering assistance to people filling out the 2010 Census form tomorrow from 10:00am-2:00pm. A Census representative will be on hand to answer any questions and to give forms to people who did not receive them.  If you have any questions, definitely stop by Assemblyman Camara's office tomorrow. Get counted! Here are the details:

2010 Census Assistance
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
10:00am-2:00pm
Office of Assemblyman Karim Camara
1216 Union St. (between Nostrand and Rogers Aves.)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

For more information, call 718-771-3105 or click here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

YEP interviews Lillian Jackson

Yesterday the young women in our Youth Entrepreneurship Program conducted an interview with Lillian Jackson, a community member and wonderful cook, to kick off the oral history interviews for their cookbook project. This program is a collaboration between the Mediation Center and the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council.

Ms. Jackson captivated the group with stories about growing up in the Mississippi Delta and learning to cook by watching her grandmother. She shared some of these dishes that she claimed to be able to "cook with [her] eyes closed" with us-- traditional Southern dishes like collard greens and barbecue chicken with honey glaze, as well as less traditional dishes like shrimp lo mein. Making these dishes, Ms. Jackson shared with us, evokes memories of her childhood.



Ms. Jackson also shared some advice with the group: that while it is a plus to be beautiful on the outside, the most important thing is "to be absolutely beautiful in spirit and to have your brain also. With that, you'll be able to write your own ticket and have the opportunity to do anything you want to do."

In other oral history news, last month a group of students from Brooklyn Generations School spoke with Mediation Center Project Director Amy Ellenbogen and Americorps member Pastor Ken Bogan about Crown Heights and their experiences here and the history of the neighborhood.

Check out another group of young people doing oral history in Crown Heights in collaboration with the Crow Hill Community Association here: http://crownheightshistoryproject.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

WAAB Fellowship Meeting

Last month the Mediation Center hosted a meeting of the current We Are All Brooklyn (WAAB) Fellowship, a leadership training program for young professionals who work at community organizations and social service agencies in Brooklyn. The group spent the morning learning about Crown Heights and heard from Richard Green (Crown Heights Youth Collective), Pastor Ken Bogan (Greater Restoration Baptist Church), Amy Ellenbogen (CHCMC), and Devorah Halberstam, who spoke about losing her son to a terrorist attack in Brooklyn and how she became involved in activism thereafter.

Devorah Halberstam tells her story to the group.

To learn more about the We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship, click here. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CITIZENSHIP DRIVE * April 29 * Free assistance to apply for U.S. Citizenship

This spring, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is offering FREE ASSISTANCE to eligible individuals to complete the US citizenship application.  

If you are eligible to apply for citizenship, you will be scheduled to meet with a trained volunteer to fill out the N-400 form and receive information about the additional requirements to complete your application.

The next session is April 29 from 4 pm-8 pm.   
 To find out if you are eligible, call (718) 773-6886  
and ask about the “Citizenship Drive.”  
 All information will be kept confidential. 

This event is sponsored by Council Member Darlene Mealy District 41.




Spring Organizing at the Mediation Center

Yesterday the staff of the Mediation Center had a special treat-- a visit from seven members of the New York chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) as part of their GO (Get Organized) Month. GO Month is a national event that was started to highlight the benefits of being organized and working with professional organizers, and the group at our office did just that.

Throughout the morning, each Mediation Center staff member worked individually with an organizer on personal desk spaces as well as common areas around the office. The results were amazing! Collectively, we reorganized desks, sorted through piles and file cabinets, and thoroughly cleaned and organized the kitchen and supply closet.  As an organization that relies on volunteers and has a great deal of turnover each year, sometimes things pile up and it was a great help to have the organizers here.


The Mediation Center greatly appreciates the time and and energy of our friends at NAPO-NY. A recent NAPO survey found that 91 percent of respondents believed they would be more efficient at work if they were better organized. Here at the Mediation Center, we are already beginning to feel some of those effects.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Call for logo proposals for Save Our Streets Crown Heights

Do you have design skills and are looking for a way to make a difference? Submit a logo proposal for our new anti-violence initiative.  See details below, or download the full document by clicking here.
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 Design Request for Proposals
Save Our Streets Crown Heights
(S.O.S. Crown Heights)
Stop Shooting. Start Living.

OVERVIEW
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is asking artists to assist us in the creation of a unique logo that represents our newest anti-violence initiative, Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S. Crown Heights). Use of the logo will be widespread; it will appear on program materials such as stationery, brochures, hats, jackets, t-shirts, signs and posters that are part of public education campaigns. The logo will also appear on billboards, videos, and the Internet. Additional requests for design submissions are forthcoming in an effort to create a public education campaign emphasizing the strong message that shooting and killing are not acceptable in Crown Heights.

S.O.S. Crown Heights is a community effort to end gun violence in our neighborhood. The program staff, hired due to their street credibility and the positive transformation they have made in their own lives, work with individuals who are the most likely to get shot or shoot other people. S.O.S. Crown Heights staff members provide immediate intervention whenever a shooting occurs in the neighborhood by reaching out to the victim, friends, and family and working to ensure that a retaliatory shooting does not take place. S.O.S. Crown Heights also works closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence. Poster campaigns and billboards will be widely promoted with the basic message, "Stop Shooting People." The goal is to end the spread of violence by encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior in our community.

Requirements:
  • The ideal design will appeal to a broad group of Crown Heights residents including individuals affiliated with gangs, faith-based leaders, seniors, and young people. 
  • Lettering should be clear and legible.
  • If you choose to use colors, they can be black and orange or black, white, and orange.
  • The logo needs to be clear in black and white as well as in color since many times we will not have access to a color printer.
  • The design should look good on both extra large t-shirt sizes and on small caps.
  • We are unable to use symbols that are associated with local gangs.
  • Do not use the image of a gun.
  • Please incorporate our slogan, "Stop Shooting. Start Living." into your overall design. 
Process:
  • Designs will be reviewed by community members with final decisions being made by the S.O.S. leadership team in conjunction with our parent organization, Center for Court Innovation.
  • Written or verbal feedback will be given to the artist after each review process.
  • The critique team may request up to three reviews.
  • We will accept up to five proposals from each artist.
Timeframe:
Please submit designs as soon as you can so we can provide you with directional feedback.
  • Deadline for first round of proposals: March 30, 2010
  • Deadline for the final product: April 30, 2010
Additional Information:
Submission of your design means that you are giving S.O.S. Crown Heights the right to own and reproduce your image for no charge. Submission of your design means that the work is entirely your own work.

Compensation:
We are so appreciative of the time and effort you have put into the creation of our logo. This work is critically important to our community. S.O.S. Crown Heights will provide the winner with an award at a public ceremony and acknowledgment of you and your work on the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center blog and a soon to be created blog specifically created for the S.O.S. Crown Heights program. This program is part of a national effort to reduce gun violence and will receive widespread public attention. The winner(s) will also be considered for future paid engagements.

Why submit?
  • This is an important program that will save lives.
  • This program is a replication of a program in Chicago that has been scientifically proven to reduce shootings and killings by 40-70%.
  • Your design will soon be all over Crown Heights and will be a symbol of hope and positive change for our community.
For more information:
Contact Amy Ellenbogen, Project Director, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, 718-773-6886. Please email your design proposals to chcmcblog@gmail.com.

To learn more about this public health program to reduce gun violence, go to www.ceasefirechicago.org.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spotlight: Truancy Intervention Program at M.S. 352

The Mediation Center coordinates the Truancy Intervention Program at Ebbets Field Middle School 352, a program that has the goal of increasing attendance of students who are habitually absent from school.  To accomplish this, coordinator Sylvia Mungin works systematically with individual students and their families to determine the reasons for absence and set goals for attendance. Sylvia also meets with groups of students who have growing numbers of absences as a preventative measure.  One day last week, she reminded middle schoolers that they were not in trouble, that they should just "be aware of their absences."


In addition to working specifically with the issue of truancy, Sylvia acts as a support for students in the school, building mentoring relationships and assisting in mediating conflicts when necessary. She also runs Rites of Passage programming with girls at the school, a group of nine middle schoolers who meet with regularly for sessions on navigating young adulthood and building self-esteem.  Thanks to Sylvia for all of her hard work at M.S. 352!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Apply for Census Jobs

The 2010 Census is hiring! Temporary, part-time jobs with flexible hours start at a rate of $18/hour. The Mediation Center has more information, including sample tests which people need to take to be eligible for the jobs.

More information is available here, by calling 347-328-5768, or by stopping in to the Mediation Center.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Highlights from the past two weeks

The Mediation Center has been buzzing with activity these past few weeks! Here's a rundown of some of the recent goings on at 256 Kingston Avenue.
  • Last week, we launched our new Youth Entrepreneurship Program, a unique program which is bringing a group of young women from the Jewish and African American communities together to participate in skill-building sessions on photography, graphic design, and entrepreneurship to start a collaborative media company together. This week, the girls were hard at work building pinhole cameras to kickstart their entrepreneurial skills and get the creative juices flowing.
  • The third cohort of Leadership Training Institute also had their first session last week. A diverse and enthusiastic bunch with varied experiences, backgrounds, and interests, but with a common goal of improving Crown Heights, gathered at the Mediation Center to meet each other.  Our guest was Teri Coaxum, Deputy State Director for Senator Charles Schumer, who spoke to the group about the importance of networking as a leadership skill.  It was a great first session! 
Leadership Training Institute participants meeting with Teri Coaxum at the first session.
  • Last week we partnered with the Legal Aid Society to host a Temporary Protected Status immigration clinic for Haitians, and assisted fifteen people with their applications. More information about TPS is available here. 
  • Mediation Center staff lead a two-day training on conflict resolution with Brooklyn College Community Partnership.
  • Training has also begun this week for our new (still unnamed) anti-gun violence program. We welcome the new team and the trainers from Chicago to our office!

Friday, January 22, 2010

TPS Workshop for Haitians Next Week

 Next Wednesday, the Mediation Center will host an immigration workshop for Haitians seeking Temporary Protected Status.  See details below, or call us for more information.