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