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

 

 

 


 

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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.

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Panel Participants

 

 

Alistair_Blake
Alistair Blake Program Director, Metro Club PROS

 

 

Megan_Crowe-Rothstein

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

 

 

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Kenneth J. Dudek President, Fountain House

 

 

WendyBrennan

Wendy Brennan Executive Director, NAMI-NYC Metro

 

TerrieWilliams

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

 

 

SuzanneColin

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


 

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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.

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Panel Participants

 

 

Cindy_Greenberg

Cindy Greenberg Director, Repair the World New York City

 

 

Matt_Cowan

Matt Cowan, NYC Program Director, iMentor

 

 

Melony_Samuels

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

 

 

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Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center

 

 

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