Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fresh Air Fund 2011 Update


Here at the Mediation Center, we have had the opportunity to be a Fresh Air Fund site now for the past two years. The Fresh Air Fund provides free summer experiences in the country to New York City children through their Friendly Towns program which places 6-12 year olds with host families, and the Fresh Air Fund Camps which cater to children ages 9-15. Over the last four months the Mediation Center has presented these free summer vacation options to community boards, walk in clients, the community at large, and hosted information sessions. So far we have successfully collected and submitted 25 applications for children throughout the Crown Heights Community and are still accepting applications until all spots are filled. Americorps volunteer Vanessa Babb commented that, "It has been a wonderful experience working with the Fresh Air Fund application process. I have enjoyed meeting parents and/or Guardians that sought this fun filled summer opportunity for their children whether it be Friendly Towns or Camps".

Youth Justice Board is Still Recruiting!

Do you work with or know any young people between the ages of 14-18 who want to make a difference in their community, are interested in policy and justice issues, and are looking for something to do after school next year? the Youth Justice Board is an after-school program that brings together young people to study and propose solutions to the public safety challenges that most affect them. The application deadline has been extended until Friday, July 22. Youth can apply online at www.courtinnovation.org/yjb.


Friday, June 24, 2011

S.O.S. is Hiring a Program Manager

The Mediation Center is seeking a Program Manager to run the Save Our Streets Crown Heights Program. The Program Manager will operationalize the five core components of the S.O.S. approach: outreach, community mobilization, public education, faith leader involvement and relationship with local law enforcement representatives.

To apply: No phone calls please. Please fax to 718-774-5349 or email your resume and cover letter in Word to crownheightsjobs@gmail.com by July 22nd, 2011. Include the job title, “Save Our Street (SOS) Program Manager” in the subject line.

Note: Although applications can be submitted through July 22nd, 2011 they will be examined on a rolling basis, and a hiring decision is likely to be made prior to this deadline.

Click HERE to download thefull job description for the S.O.S. Program Manager.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings all Week at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is offering a week of free PSA (prostate cancer screenings) for men. This event is tied into Geoffrey A. Davis' "Love Yourself Coalition" initiative, an effort that encourages community residents to be vigilant in the areas of health, anti-violence platforms, community development and organ, eye and tissue donor registration.
When: June 20-24, 11:00am-4:00pm
Where: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center,
             585 Schenectady Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Contact: (718) 604-5201 or (718) 221-2911

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mediation Center Family in the News

At the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, we are lucky to benefit from having Micah Weiss, a participant in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, as a member of our staff. Check out this great article in the New York Times Blog "The Local" this morning.
Also today, check out this article in the Daily News highlighting the Mediation Center's fellow Center for Court Innovation project, Bronx Community Solutions', Re-Entry Working Group, and a very special staff member, Ramon Semorile.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mediation Center is hiring immediately

The Mediation Center is looking to hire an Americorps Research Assistant who will work 300 hours between now and September 30th, 2011. The job will focus on researching and organizing information about resource providers in Crown Heights and getting this information out to the community. For more information, click here to see the job description. Ideal candidate will begin immediately.

Leadership Training Institute Graduation - you're invited!

Please join us next Wednesday, June 15th as we congratulate the graduates of the 2011 Leadership Training Institute. After weeks of workshops and trainings, these 20 fabulous leaders planned and organized the Crown Heights Connects resource fair as part of the 71st Precinct Community Council's annual Family Day Picnic. The event was a huge success, with over thirty different vendors giving out information about resources and opportunities in Crown Heights, and thousands of attendees. Come celebrate these upstanding citizens and learn more about the Mediation Center and the Leadership Training Program.


An LTI member gives away balloons at Crown Heights Connects.

Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Avenue, from 6-8pm.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Crown Heights Connects Resource Fair at the 71st Precinct Community Council's Family Day Picnic

We hope to see you tomorrow at the annual 71st Precinct Community Council's Family Day Picnic at Hamilton-Metz Park. This year's LTI cohort has been working tirelessly to organize a resource fair in conjunction with the picnic called Crown Heights Connects. Highlighting the areas of health, education, employment and culture, Crown Heights Connects hopes to promote awareness of the many exciting services and organizations in Crown Heights. In addition, there will be free food, live music, rides for kids, and a fun-filled atmosphere for all.

When: Sunday, June 5th, 2011 11:30am-5:30pm
Where: Hamilton-Metz Park (East New York Ave between Kingston and Albany)