Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Copies of "Crown Heights Eat Healthy/Eat Local" Resource Guide Available

 Last year, our Leadership Training Institute cohort created a fantastic resource guide for eating healthy and local in Crown Heights that includes information on community gardens, educational programming, farmers markets, food justice organizations, and community supported agriculture. We just now re-printed a new batch of these excellent brochures and are excited to share them with the community. Please come by the office and grab a stack to share, or download the brochure and print it out yourself by clicking HERE.
Below is the introduction to the resource guide: 
          You are what you eat. We have all heard this phrase many times. But it’s not always so easy to know what the healthiest food choice is or where to find nutritious options that are reasonably priced.
Indeed, Central Brooklyn, of which Crown Heights is a part, has been identified by many studies in recent years as an under-served neighborhood in terms of access to healthy food, including fresh produce that is both affordable and easily available. Diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses related to the lack of a healthy, balanced diet have become an epidemic in our neighborhood.
Luckily, we do have an increasing number of organizations and businesses in Crown Heights, as well as additional resources throughout NYC, working to improve quality of life by providing nutritional/agricultural education, green space, community and urban gardening options, local, sustainable and organic food choices and exercise and wellness centers. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive; rather we hope that it will start a conversation about what is already available in our neighborhood, what should be made available and how we can all become involved in creating a healthier food environment for ourselves and our neighbors. Eat healthy/eat local and enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mediation Center on NY1

Last Friday, August 19th, 2011, The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center was featured in a news segment on NY1 about neighborhood relationships in Crown Heights today, 20 years after the disturbance of 1991. Director Amy Ellenbogen, and Deputy Director Ife Charles spoke about the work we are doing at the Mediation Center to make Crown Heights a better, healthier, safer place. Check out the clip below.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jewish Week Covers Crown Heights Today

On Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 the Jewish Week ran a great article on Crown Heights twenty years after the violence of 1991 that featured the work of the Mediation Center and the Crown Heights Community Leadership Council. Amongst other things, the article told about our Summer of Celebration Project and the Leadership Training Institute and included quotes from our own Deputy Project Director, Ife Charles, and 2011 LTI member Caroline Nagy.

Check the article out here:
"Time to Reframe the Story: Despite some lingering tensions, there's a greater sense of understanding between Blacks and Jews, activists say."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fall 2011 Guide to Brooklyn GED Classes

This summer, our Americorps intern Sasha Klimczak has been hard at work compiling a resource guide of GED classes available to Brooklyn residents. This list was updated in August 2011 and includes classes that start in September as well as classes that are ongoing. Each post has the contact information as well as basic information like types of classes, when they are, how to register, and the cost. 

You can download our GED Resource Guide by clicking HERE, or you can pick up copies at the Mediation Center.

If you have any questions feel free to call the number of the specific program or call us at the office at 718-773-6886 for more help.

Unifying and Beautifying Nostrand Avenue

Friday, August 12, 2011

Four Openings with S.O.S. and YO S.O.S.

The Mediation has four positions available with our projects Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights and Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.). Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please click the links below to read the full job descriptions for the positions. Refer to each job description for directions on how to apply and deadlines.

S.O.S. Program Manager

S.O.S. Violence Interrupter

Paid Americorps Volunteer Position for Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights Program Assistant

Paid AmeriCorps Volunteer Position for Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) Program Assistant