Become a Mentor or Recommend One for the Young Men’s Initiative

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The Lafayette Gardens Community Center, operated by Grand Street Settlement, needs your assistance in acquiring mentors for their Young Men’s Initiative in the Lafayette Gardens community.

Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is a mentoring program geared toward young men in high school. The mission of the YMI Cornerstone Mentoring Program is to support high school students during the transitions from high school into college and career, by cultivating positive personal relationships and community involvement. Throughout the year mentees and mentors will take part in workshops developing leadership abilities among our youth that will strengthen their advocacy and work readiness skills. In addition to service-learning projects, mentors will provide youth with guidance on the college application process, employment, attend trips and visit colleges.

If you know of any candidates that would be an asset to this program please feel free to contact Monique Smalls at or at 347-384-8880.


Deadline Extended (10/20) for of Work, Learn, Grow Youth Employment Applications

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has extended its deadline for online applications to this year’s iteration of Work, Learn, Grow (WLG), the Council’s year-round youth employment initiative. Youth applications are now due by Friday, October 20, 2017, and we encourage all Council Members to reach out to eligible constituents. As a reminder, eligible applicants must:

  • Be 2017 participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP);
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 21; and
  • Currently be enrolled in school.

Applications are available on DYCD’s website at

10/29 Event: Jazz Vespers at Emmanuel Baptist Church

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Filming: Tuesday October 17 (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

On Tuesday October 17 2017 a Television for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations:

EXT. SIDEWALK 10/17/2017 09:00 AM – 10/17/2017 06:00 PM 
Description: Actor stands on corner of Flatbush Avenue at Lafayette Avenue and hails a cab. Actor stands with non-poisonous snake and goat.
VTU Request: No
Request: All Animal Permitting and Animal Wrangling coordinated by All Tame Animals


•  LAFAYETTE AVENUE between ROCKWELL PLACE and ASHLAND PLACE • Street Side: West • Street Control: Full Block

Permit# 378944

District 35 teens: Grab your friends and take over the Met for a night on Friday, October 20!

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We are excited to announce that Teens Take the Met will again take place on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. Teens across New York City will enjoy a special evening of creativity and culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Created in collaboration with over 40 community partners, this semi-annual event is free for all teens between the ages of 13 and 18.