5/1 deadline: 2018 Summer Energy Academy

The American Association of Blacks in Energy, NY Metro Chapter (AABE-NYMAC) is proud to announce the 2018 Summer Energy Academy hosted by Bedford Academy. The SEA Program consists of an interactive curriculum of presentations, mathematics enrichment, field trips and a research project focusing on sustainable energy. Over six weeks, students will discover ways to reduce their own and New York City’s energy consumption while applying their knowledge and research to various projects.


SEA students (grades 6-9) are selected based on a review of their academics, state exam scores, a brief essay and interview. 


There is no cost to attend the Academy with the exception of a $350 registration fee once the student is accepted into the program. 


If you are interested in attending, please complete and return the attached application and all supporting documents by May 1st, 2018 to the SEA Application Review Board at summerenergyacademy@gmail.com or online.


You can download the 2018 Summer Energy Academy Application Form. 




Date: Weekdays : July 5th – August 17th, 2018

Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm

Location : Bedford Academy, 1119 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216


The program is sponsored by AABE-NYMAC, Con Edison, and
National Grid. 

2/21, 23 Events: SBA FREE Mini-MBA Classes

SBA Emerging Leaders 2018 Program NYC and Yonkers classes application is open. Please see the qualifications and register before Feb. 23rd. The class will be from April to Oct. on 13 Tuesday evenings.

Come to one of the Information sessions to meet the Project Manager, learn about the curriculum and recruiting process.

  • Wed. Feb. 21st from3pm-4pm, Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Ave, Room 018, NY, NY 10016
  • Friday, Feb. 23rd from 2pm-3pm, Brooklyn Library, 2nd Floor, Balcony Conference Room,  10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

SBA New York seeks applicants for its 2018 Emerging Leaders class. This a great opportunity to learn more about your business and create a three-year growth plan. It’s also a way to work more closely with SBA and its Resource Partners – SCORE, the Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers.

Applicants to the program should:

  • have an annual revenue between $400,000 and $10 million
  • have been in business at least three years
  • have at least one employee in addition to the owner
  • commit to attending one Tuesday evening every-other week for seven months – April to October
  • be a key decision maker in the company
  • commit to meeting with “CEO groups” outside of class to discuss relevant topics
  • be prepared to learn, have fun and grow their companies

You must register by completing the SBA Emerging Leaders Expression of Interest form!

February 2018 Events at the Crown Heights Mediation Center






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.