Community Advocacy and Public Events


BCS has been on the front line addressing issues facing youth since 1866, when the organization responded to homeless children on the streets after the Civil War. Today, BCS remains committed to providing resources, tools and support to help youth in Brooklyn reach their personal goals.

On February 28th the BCS Youth Action Summit, with Moderator Nicole C. Mason, addressed issues facing young people from underserved neighborhoods, strategies that have been impactful to provide resources to empower youth, and ways to support youth initiatives.



Panel Participants

Abir Kawas Youth Lead Organizer, Arab American Association of New York


Bill Chong Commissioner, NYC Department of Youth & Community Development


Kaberi Banerjee Murthy Vice President of Programs, Brooklyn Community Foundation


Dana Edell Executive Director, SPARK Movement


Marlon Peterson National Criminal Justice Advocate, Educator, and Founder of The Precedential Group







On Monday, March 28 at St. Francis College Michaela angela Davis, CNN Correspondent and Image Activist, moderated a panel discussion centered on core issues in mental health and designed to raise public awareness, inspire dialogue, connect our attendees to resources, and strengthen community support of those living with mental illness.



Panel Participants



Alistair Blake Program Director, Metro Club PROS




Megan Crowe-Rothstein Director of Social Work, Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project




Kenneth J. Dudek President, Fountain House




Wendy Brennan Executive Director, NAMI-NYC Metro



Terrie Williams Author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting




Suzanne Colin, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine
Coordinator Child and Adolescent Psychology Externship Program, Senior and Supervising Psychologist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue (Child & Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and NYU Clinical Center of Excellence WTC Health Program)


Resource Library

Explore the links below for more resources and stats concerning Mental Health.

Thrive NYC Mental Health Road Map

Thrive New York City Study 2015 Stats

African American and Hispanic Mental Illness Stats

Anxiety Signs and Advice

Mental Illness Symptoms and Advice

National Alliance on Mental Illness Stats

CDC 2011 Study



The Community Engagement Summit brought together over 20 community-based organizations working in poor and low-income neighborhoods to share their mission, programs and services with the greater and rapidly changing Brooklyn community. In addition to featuring an impressive group of panelists who educated and inspired attendees, the Summit included the Community Engagement Hub, a tabling opportunity where attendees and non-profits connected.


Participants joined Panel Moderator Monroe France, Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education & Programs at New York University, and a panel of distinguished guests for a discussion on some of the core issues facing Brooklyn’s underserved communities and how you can get involved and take action.


Panel Participants




Cindy Greenberg Director, Repair the World New York City




Matt Cowan, NYC Program Director, iMentor




Dr. Melony Samuels, Founder and Executive Director, Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger




Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center




Eva Vega-Olds, Assistant Director of Civil Rights Division, Anti-Defamation League