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

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