Turn Your Mental Health Experience into a Rewarding Career

Community Access’ new ThriveAtWork Peer Training will prepare hundreds of New Yorkers for peer specialist certification, while supporting trainees to pursue meaningful careers in the mental health workforce.

We seek applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds. People with mental health conditions who also have co-experiences such as a history of incarceration, substance use, homelessness, military service, identify as LGBT, and/or identify with a racially or ethnically marginalized group, are strongly encouraged to apply. We are also eager to work with individuals who speak multiple languages, to help meet the growing demand for multilingual peer specialists in the behavioral health workforce. Trainees who speak Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese are in particularly high demand.

Click here to learn more.

To apply, you must (at a minimum):

  • Have experience accessing mental health services/supports
  • Have earned a High School diploma (or GED/TASC equivalent)
  • Be a resident of New York City

To apply, download and complete this application form and send it as an attachment to thrive@communityaccess.org:


Adult Learning Centers

Do you need to improve your reading and writing skills? We can help.

Brooklyn Public Library Adult Learning Centers provide free innovative educational programs for adult learners and speakers of other languages. Through books, technology and interactive classroom instruction taught by professional and friendly instructors and tutors, adults build the skills needed to meet their personal, educational and employment goals.

There are five Adult Learning Centers with full-time professional staff and volunteers who are ready to help you reach your goals with FREE programs and classes. Groups/classes are for participants 17 years and older who are functioning below the high school level. Emphasis is on Reading, Writing, and HSE preparation. All programs and classes are available mornings, afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays.

Click here to learn more about Adult Learning Centers.

11/29 deadline: Garden Apprentice Program

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is accepting applications for the 2018 Garden Apprentice Program. Apprentices learn about careers in public gardens, science, the environment, and education through hands-on work placements in the Garden. Apprentices are eligible for community service and earn a monetary award upon successful completion of the program. The Garden Apprentice Program application can be downloaded here. Printable applications are available upon request.

November-January: Grant Info Sessions


11/30 Event: Hearings Support for Veterans

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and the Honorable Fidel F. Del Valle of the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) invites you to learn how to respond to summonses from NYC enforcement agencies.

Click here to download the full-size flyer.

NYC Sanitation Begins Winter Schedule

Known as “Night Plow,” Schedule Change Allows for Snow Fighting Preparedness; Normal Trash and Recycling Collection Times May Temporarily Change

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) began its annual “Night Plow” operations, on November 13. Night Plow enables the Department to respond promptly and effectively to snow and ice conditions around the clock. During Night Plow, a resident’s normal trash and recycling collection times may change temporarily.

The seasonal schedule assures that DSNY will have a sufficient number of employees assigned to work the night and early morning shifts and to operate essential snow fighting equipment in each of the city’s 59 Sanitation Districts. The two shifts are 4:00 p.m. to Midnight, and Midnight to 8:00 a.m. The day shift starts at 6:00 a.m. DSNY’s snow season lasts through mid-April.

DSNY has a frontline defense of 693 salt and sand spreaders that are dispatched prior to the start of the impending snowfall to salt arterial highways and bus routes. DSNY has a storage capacity for more than 300,000 tons of rock salt and 350,000 gallons of calcium chloride solution at facilities throughout the city. Once snow begins to accumulate on the City’s streets and highways, DSNY can deploy 2,300 plowable trucks to clear snow and ice. The Department is responsible for more than 19,000 lane miles of roadway in the City.

Read “Snow 101” for FAQs on DSNY snow operations.