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Executive Director Janelle Farris Speaks on Better Business Bureau Panel


BCS’ Executive Director, Janelle Farris participated in the New York Better Business Bureau’s Charity Effectiveness Series panel, “Before, During, and After: Planning and Navigating Successful Executive Transitions.” The panel was moderated by Jennifer Jones Austin, Executive Director of The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. The panelists included: Miguel Bonilla, Senior Director of NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, Rehana Farrell, Executive Director of Youth Inc NYC, and Jim Matison, the former Executive Director of the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society. The panelists shared personal stories and wisdom garnered from their experiences, to provide the audience with insight to better enable succession planning for leadership transitions.

African Day Parade at Seth Low


Our Seth Low Cornerstone had an African day parade, and it was a joyous celebration for all. Our Cornerstone programs provide high-quality, year-round programming that engages the entire community, but with a real youth-led focus. Programming includes theme-based and project-based youth activities, community events and community building. Both the children and the community had a fun-filled day celebrating culture.

Community Habilitation’s Annual Bowling Tournament


BCS works to provide supportive spaces where persons with intellectual disabilities can achieve their full potential. This weekend, BCS programs for adults with intellectual disabilities competed in their annual bowling tournament at Melody Lanes in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The winning team was the BCS Recreation Team, who remain undefeated after winning this year. Win or lose, everyone had a blast!

2018 Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest


The competing sculptors did not disappoint with their imaginative creations at this year’s Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest! Presented by BCS, in partnership with Astella Development Corp., and the Alliance for Coney Island, this year’s sponsors included Coney Island’s own Luna Park NYC. We thank the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for their support. Check out some of the amazing sculptures that were created by the winners! We were also mentioned in a Brooklyn Daily article about the contest, read it here.

Duffield Meets LIU Basketball’s Incoming Freshman Players


Duffield Children’s Center got a special treat! Our young ones were some of the first in the community to meet the incoming Freshman players for LIU Brooklyn’s Women’s Basketball Team! As always, thank you to LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball for spreading joy and playing with the Duffield kids.


East New York Street Clean Up


The teachers from Achievement First Endeavor Charter School did a street clean up in East New York. They helped beautify the streets near our East New York Clubhouse and Transitional Living Community sites. We are so grateful to them for helping us take care of Brooklyn. Want to make a difference in your community? Volunteer with us! Email us at volunteer@wearebcs.org, or come to one of our info sessions every 2nd Wednesday of the month!


LIU BK Women’s Basketball Team Returns to Duffield


The lovely ladies from LIU Brooklyn’s basketball team returned to Duffield Children’s Center! We are so appreciative of them taking the time out to brighten the days of our young ones. The kids are always smiling from ear to ear when these women are around to play with.


BCS Celebrates Disability Pride!


In partnership with our programs, BCS clients with disabilities are reaching new heights every day. We are proud that our programs are a welcoming space for our clients to harness their potential, as they discover their talents and passions.

On Sunday, our staff, volunteers and clients came out to the Disability Pride NYC Parade to celebrate our clients with disabilities! Our bright handmade signs, made with the help of AFROPUNK Army volunteers, definitely aligned with this year’s theme of Creativity. We are proud to celebrate the human spirit and stand for the equal rights of all people.

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