City-wide Free Summer Food Program – July 9-Aug. 31

Youth who are 18 years old and younger will have access to breakfast and lunch at locations citywide. Summer school enrollment is not required to participate in the program; no application is required; and meals are available at any of the open sites, regardless of where a child lives.

Nearest Location:  Lafayette Gardens – 415 Lafayette Ave.

Time:  Mon. – Fri.:  Breakfast: 9AM- 10AM, Lunch: 12PM- 1PM

For additional information or to inquire about a location please call 311 or (212) 306-3358.

Kids Day Is Funded But You Can Still Donate

Kids Day, brought to you by About Time, CHCA & FAM, is an annual event that takes place in Crown Heights Brooklyn. One stretch of Franklin Avenue from Sterling Place to Park Place is converted into a carnival for a day with games, rides, prizes and more. And best of all IT’S COMPLETELY FREE!!!

Last year was a huge success, and this year we want to top that! Donations of any and all sizes are greatly appreciated.  Kids Day is an important event that brings our community together and we hope everyone can make it out on July 21st to take part in this amazing fun filled day!


Art Not Arrests Kick Off Event

Screening of The Interrupters

Saturday May 12th
(rain date Sunday May 13)
at the Crow Hill Community Garden
730 Franklin Avenue
(between Park & Sterling Place)
Garden opens at 7:15
seating limited to the first 30 people
Film starts at 8:15
Please bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on

The violence interrupter program is the model on which S.O.S. Crown Heights is based.

Alan James, S.O.S.’s manager will introduce the film and talk about the success of violence interruption in our community.

Print and post flier

About The Interrupters

The Interrupters is an award wining documentary about three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in our cities.


Saturday’s Suggestion – Provide an Internship


Over the course of the last two years, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center has formed a cadre of approximately twenty youth living in western Crown Heights.  The group is called Y.O. S.O.S. – Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets

Sick and tired of the violence that their peers engage in toward themselves and adults, they have received extensive training in how they (as youth) can play roles in stemming potentially violent situations before they get out of control.

An idea of the work they have been doing can be found by looking at their Facebook page

As a “perk” for doing this work, we are going to try to help them find summer jobs and internships. We want every youth to get a chance to interview for a placement by the time school gets out.  We are looking for the types of internships where the communication and problem solving skills that they have developed can be utilized.  We are looking for the types of internships where these kids can continue to grow.

Please contact Ruby-Beth Buitekant: for more information.

Summer Camp at Goodwill Beacon 265

The Summer Camp at Goodwill Beacon 265 is now accepting applications.
The summer camp program will run between July 9, 2012 to August 24, 2012 from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday thru Friday.

This year they are focusing on middle school age children.
The child must be entering the 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in September 2012 to be considered a middle school child. However, if the middle school child has a younger sibling who is considered an elementary school age child (at least 6 years old), they will accept both applications. Please note that elementary school age applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Ms. Esther Fleurival, Assistant Director, at 718-237-0852.

Please download & print this flyer to post in the community

Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program was founded on the idea that if you give high-achieving students with financial need the guidance and resources necessary for them to excel during high school, college and beyond, their greatness will emerge. The Foundation works closely with recipients and their families to construct a tailored educational program that can include support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction.

Approximately 60 students are selected for the program each year. All Young Scholars have demonstrated excellence in academic endeavors and extracurricular activities, a strong will to succeed and financial need. For those entering the program, the average family income is approximately $25,000, and more than 90 percent have incomes under $60,000.

For more information, and for instructions on how to apply, visit the Young Scholars Program webpage »

Summer Youth Employment Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with summer employment and educational opportunities. Participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs at government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, nonprofits, small businesses, law firms, museums, sports enterprises and retail organizations.

The Summer Youth Employment Program is designed to emphasize real-world labor expectations, increase awareness of services offered by local community-based organizations, and provide opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy training, academic improvement and social growth. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 18. If you have further questions about the program, contact NYC Youth Connect at 800-246-4646.

Apply online »

Volunteer Opportunity for Teens: NY Aquarium

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is welcoming new applications for its Teen Docent Program , where people ages 15 and up help staff exhibits and teach visitors about marine conservation.

Docent responsibilities include:

  • Speaking with aquarium visitors and giving exhibit chats using biological artifacts and other visual aids
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of special events
  • Staffing information and craft tables during special events on-site and off-site
  • Assisting Education Department instructors with school and family programs
  • Teaching visitors how to interact with horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other animals at our touch pools
  • Conducting short marine conservation programs on the Coney Island Boardwalk outside of the aquarium entrance

Admission to the aquarium docent program is competitive. After an interview and orientation, accepted candidates must complete an intensive training course. The training includes sessions on marine science and public speaking skills.

Applicants under age 18 must have a teacher fill out the recommendation form and a parent must sign it. Applications are accepted between March 15 and May 18. An interview is mandatory.

Applications received after the May 18th deadline will not be considered. Once accepted into the docent program, you will be required to attend one of the following two 7-day training courses this summer, taking place from 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.:

Summer Training Course
For summer and year-long docents
Fall Training Course
For academic-year and year-long docents
Saturday, June 23, 2012 Saturday, August 18, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012 Sunday, August 19, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012 Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012 Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012 Saturday, September 1, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012 Saturday, September 8, 2012
Monday, July 2nd, 2012 Sunday, September 9, 2012

If you have any questions, call 718-265-3450, Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30p.m. or email

Youth Computer Classes

Beginning Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM, NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau will begin conducting youth computer classes at the 77th Precinct.

The target population is 10-12 at-risk youth between the ages of 14-17 within the confines of the 77th precinct. The computer program will run for 8 weeks, twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you or a member of your organization is interested and can identify 1-2 youth living in the confines of the 77th precinct, please submit the name(s) and age(s) to Shalawn Langhorne at by Monday, April 16, 2012.