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

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

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

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, or by emailing

Daily News Yep 6.1.10