Free Pre-HSE Young Adult Literacy Program

adult literacy prgm

Tuition Free Job Training for Women

Grace Institute helps women transition back into workforce. They teach the technical and professional skills that are in demand.

Classes begin in March 2017. They offer the following:

  1. Five months of intuition-free computer and professional training.
  2. One year of job-placement services in administrative and customer support positions. Workshops with corporation and executives.
  3. Participant Assistance Department and a community of collaboration and confidence.

Eligibility requirements are English proficiency, U.S. work eligibility, HS Diploma or GED/TASC, ages 18-64, available 9am-4pm Monday thru Friday.

Attend an open house to obtain more information. Please visit to register for an open house. To apply

Grace Institute is located at 40 Rector Street, 14th Floor, Manhattan. Telephone: 212-832-7605.

Attend Free Nonprofit Management Workshops

The Department of Small Business Services offers workshops and webinars for staff and board members of community-based organizations on how to manage a nonprofit organization and execute organizational goals. The interactive training opportunities are designed to expose nonprofit leaders and professionals of Community-Based Development Organizations to essential knowledge for nonprofit management and commercial revitalization strategies, and offer opportunities to engage in group activities to brainstorm best practices. Sign up for an upcoming workshop on our Eventbrite page.

2/25 Event: LIU Brooklyn Summer Camp Open House


With Brooklyn’s best summer camp and Saturday classes for children ages 3 to 12, whatever your child’s interests, they’ll find them at The Children’s Academy.

On Saturday, February 25th from 11am to 1pm come to an open house on the LIU Brooklyn campus to meet summer camp staff and take a tour of our exceptional facilities.

Faculty will be on hand to discuss our six-week summer day camp offerings that include architecture, chess, circus arts, hip-hop, karate, origami, and theater arts as well as week-long Blackbird Sports Camps in baseball, basketball, fitness, flag football, soccer and swimming in Brooklyn’s best pool!

Starting on Saturday, March 11th we will also offer five-week classes in flag football, gymnastics, LEGO Mindstorms, Mandarin Chinese and yoga.

For more information about our Saturday and summer offerings, call 718-488-1364, or visit us on the web at

Recap: “How to Apply for City Council Funding”



On Wednesday, January 18th, I was joined by over 100 individuals who were eager to understand and ultimately engage in the application process for City Council funding. The potential growth of cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations is often intertwined with their capacity to secure funding to cover operational costs, expand programming, or undergo critical upgrades.

As the representative of Brooklyn’s Cultural District and a member of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, I understand how vital it is to create opportunities and provide the necessary resources that will sustain their progress and increase their positive impact within our communities. Through this workshop, we were able to show every participant how to successfully navigate the application process. Thank you to Leora Estersohn of Nonprofit HelpDesk and our participants! I wish you all the best! See below for a recap on what we covered during the event, as well as important documents and contact information.

-Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo

Important Deadlines

  • Discretionary funding application due Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
  • All arts and cultural organizations seeking fiscal support from the Department of Cultural Affairs should note that all applications must be received by February 13th , 2017. 

Important links


Important documents

Forms in application

Contact Information

  • Presenter
    • Name: Leora Estersohn, NonProfit HelpDesk
    • Phone number: 718 449 5000 x 2267
    • Email address:
  • District 35 Budget Director
    • Name: Matthew Pitt
    • Phone Number: 718-260-9191
    • Email address:
  • City Council Finance 
    • Email address:

Community Exchange Series Event Schedule






12/23 Deadline: BAM Free Dance Program


February 7- May 16, 2017; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4- 6 PM
24 workshops plus final performance

Venue: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217


Info + Application:

Application Deadline: December 23, 2016

Teamwork, commitment, and self-confidence are the central tenets of this intensive workshop. Students with varying amounts of experience work collaboratively to learn different styles and create a dynamic final piece.

In this program, students:
+ Attend live dance performances in New York City
+ Learn diverse styles such as West African, hip hop and Bollywood
+ Create an entirely original dance piece to perform for friends and family at BAM Fisher
+ Learn expression through movement
+ Work creatively with a team

No previous dance or choreographic experience is required. All students must submit an application and complete an interview in order to be considered for the program.