February 2018 Events at the Crown Heights Mediation Center







February 2018 Events: Free Adult Fitness Classes


2/15 Spring deadline: Apply Now for The Bead Project

The Bead Project is a scholarship program designed for creatively inclined, economically disadvantaged women. Over the course of ten classes at the UrbanGlass studios, students learn the art of glass beadmaking, simple jewelry fabrication techniques, and the entrepreneurial skills to develop a business plan. The Bead Project offers students a transformative experience, new tools for self-expression, and the skills to turn glass bead making into a viable form of income, while becoming a part of a dynamic creative community. Application deadlines are August 15 for Fall semester, and February 15 for Spring semester. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Upcoming Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a groundbreaking public education program, which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. MHFA is an 8-hour certification course, which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches about the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions.

Mental Health First Aid is a FREE 8-hour course that will help you:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses
  • Learn how to respond if you see these signs in your colleagues, friends, and loved ones
  • Connect persons to appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care

All participants receive a 3-year certification in Mental Health First Aid!

For more information, or to sign up for other MHFA courses around the city, please visit: mhfa.cityofnewyork.us or visit bklynlibrary.org/mhfa for the library training calendar.

As part of the City’s Thrive NYC initiative, the NYC Department of Health is offering free MHFA training to all New Yorkers. MHFA is a groundbreaking public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges and crises.

Upcoming Sessions at Central Library – Dweck Auditorium located at 10 Grand Army Plaza:

  • Monday, February 5th – Adult Course, 9:30AM – 5:30PM
  • Monday, February 12th – Working with Youth, 9AM – 5PM
  • Monday, February 26th – Adult Course, 9:30AM – 5:30PM
  • Monday, March 5th – Working with Youth, 9:30AM – 5:30PM

Citizenship Classes at the Brooklyn Public Library

The Brooklyn Public Library is starting another cycle of Citizenship Classes. We have registrations coming up this Wednesday, January 10th at the Canarsie Public Library from 5:30pm-7:30pm, and this Saturday, January 13th at the Kensington Public Library from 10am-12pm. We ask that interested individuals please bring their Permanent Registration Card, or “Green Card” to register.

The classes are completely free. They run for 11 weeks, and each class meets for 4 hours.  We offer sessions at five different branches throughout Brooklyn, with 2 sessions at the Central Library. If a participant missed registration for a class at a different branch, they can bring their Permanent Registration Card to the first day of class and register on site.  You can download both the registration schedule and the class schedule with times and locations.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone that would be interested in these classes.

Free Classes: English for Speakers of Other Languages

As one of the Brooklyn Public Library’s largest programs, we’ve helped thousands of people improve their English language skills in a welcome, fun and educational environment.

Our classes are part-time, twice a week for 3 hours each day. Each session runs between 10-11 weeks. And it’s free!

At our ESOL classes, you can:

  • Take a beginner, intermediate and advanced class based on the skills you bring to the program! Registration for classes happen three times a year.
  • Practice listening, speaking, reading and writing English for everyday needs, workplace and job opportunities.
  • Choose your location from over 10 library branches across Brooklyn—we have daytime, evening and Saturday classes.
  • Explore learning outside of the classroom with field trips other events.
  • Learn from passionate and professional teachers and guest speakers.
  • Join a social group to practice your English language skills outside of the classroom.

ESOL Winter 2017-18 Registration Flyer

Click here to learn more.

100% Tuition Free Classes for Adults in D35

NYC Department of Education: Office of Adult and Continuing Education

Must be 21 & over without H.S. equivalency

It’s never too late!

  • English for speakers of other languages (ESL)
  • Basic Education and HSW courses
  • High School Equivalency in Spanish (HSE)

Class Days & Times

  • Mornings: Monday-Friday 8:45AM – 1PM
  • Afternoons: Monday-Friday 12PM-3:10PM
  • Nights: Monday-Thursday 5:40PM-9PM
  • Weekends: Saturday 9AM-2PM

D35 Locations

  • P.S. 532 – New Bridges Academy – 1052 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11213
  • M.S. 061 – Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell – 400 Empire Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11225

For more information or to register daily, email or call: (718) 221-6703 or JFoster@oacenyc.org