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!