Youth Action Summit


Voices for the Future of Brooklyn

Save the Date 〉〉 Tuesday, February 28, 2017
@ Saint Francis College RSVP here 〉〉

Youth Action Resource Hub opens @ 5:30pm
Panel Discussion begins @ 6:30pm

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.

The BCS Youth Action Summit addresses issues facing young people from underserved neighborhoods, strategies that have been impactful to provide resources to empower youth, and ways to support youth initiatives.

Moderator and Keynote Speaker

Photo: C. Nicole Mason, PhDC. Nicole Mason, PhD

Executive Director of Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest (CR2PI) at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, contributor to ESSENCE Magazine, The Huffington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC, among other outlets, and author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America.


Bill Chong

Commissioner of the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD)

Mr. Chong oversaw the launch of the Out-of-School Time Initiative, the largest afterschool program in the nation. He lead efforts to redesign the City’s system to serve runaway and homeless youth and helped create the Cornerstone community center program in public housing.

kbm-head-shotKaberi Banerjee Murthy

Vice President of Programs at Brooklyn Community Foundation

Kaberi leads grantmaking, programs and advocacy work to “spark change for a fair and just Brooklyn.” She currently serves on the Steering Committees for the NYC Fund for Girls & Young Women of Color.


Marlon Peterson

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

Marlon Peterson is a national social and criminal justice advocate, writer, organizational trainer, and educator who spent 10 years in New York State prisons. He is 2015 Soros Justice Fellow, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, a 2015 Ebony Magazine Power 100 honoree, and TED Resident. 


aberkawas-webAber Kawas

Youth Lead Organizer at the Arab American Association of New York

Aber has worked with several organizations in the city around issues such as immigration, police surveillance, racial profiling, etc. and hopes to work to improve the conditions of immigrants in the New York area by providing programs and services to both them and their children.


Dana Edell

Executive Director of SPARK Movement

Dana is an activist-scholar-artist working towards anti-racist gender justice. Through her writing, presentations and media appearances, she advocates for girls’ activism and the need for performing arts experiences for girls.


RSVP here 〉〉

Access the Youth Action Resource Hub

5:30PM – 6:30PM and after the panel

Youth-focused organizations will table to connect with attendees.


                                                                                      Brooklyn United Marching Band      St. Nick's Alliance      Vibe Theater ExperienceTrellisNYC Dept. of Youth & Community Development      Liberty City     



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