Past-Present-Future Count Down to SOTD 2017

As my team and I reflect on the past 3.5 years that we have served District 35, we are overjoyed by the many victories that we have won to strengthen and revitalize our beloved community. Over the next three weeks, we will be counting down to my Third Annual State of the District, which will feature an overview of our successes during my first term as Council Member for Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. We are not done yet, this is only just a preview of the amazing work that we have accomplished collaboratively as one community and the vision for our future. I invite you to join me on Thursday, May 18th at 6PM along with your family, friends, and neighbors at the Ingersoll Community Center located at 177 Myrtle Avenue.


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The Congressional Award: Amercia’s Award For Youth

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Our Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is open to all youth ages 14 to 23 and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

For more information or to register online, please visit

Summer Internship Opportunity with Public Advocate Letitia James’ Office

The Office of the Public Advocate offers several full-time, part-time, and summer internship opportunities with academic credit from colleges and universities.  

The Office of the Public Advocate  also offers a number of volunteer opportunities. Please note that volunteer opportunities do not require college experience. However, those with work experience in law, social work, public policy, and journalism are especially welcome. Please email cover letter and resume to their volunteer coordinator,  Joan Laufer at

There is a rolling application process. 

Click here for more information on internships or volunteering.

RECAP: Summer Youth Resource Expo

Thank you to all who attended and participated in my Summer Youth Resource Expo this past Sunday.

Hundreds of young people and their parents were able to speak to over 40 participating organizations, receiving information on summer programs and internships in the areas of education, music, dance, culture, arts, sports, business, and more.

We enjoyed performances by Brooklyn United Marching BandTropicalfete Inc., and Lotus Creations Academy of the Performing Arts. Attendees won amazing raffle prizes, like free dance lessons, free camp sessions, game systems, technology gift packs, swag bags, and even a free camping trip!

I am so excited to bring you an even bigger and better Summer Youth Resource Expo in 2018. Let’s continue working together to build a brighter future for our youth!

See below for live video from the event and website links and other information about the featured organizations.


Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo


Education Summer Camps Sports Music/ Dance/ Cultural/ Arts Internships/ Jobs/ Volunteer opportunities
Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership Medgar Evers College Oasis Beacon

Contact for more info

Brooklyn Bridge Basketball Tropicalfete, Inc. T.E.A.L. (Tell Every Amazing Lady)

You can contact Julian M. Hill, Executive Director, for more information at (646) 600-8699

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Brooklyn Pitbulls Soul Tigers Marching Band, Inc.

Click here for information on summer camp and after-school program

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Christian In Business LIU Children’s Academy The Magnus Mukoro Sports Foundation Unity Youth Leadership and Cultural Arts Inc. DYCD Youth Connect Program/ SYEP
Digital Girl, Inc. Camp Bed-Stuy

Phone: 718-219-1405


Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

You can contact Christina Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, at

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI)


Flyer: Bella abzug flyer

NIA Community Services Network UrbanGlass

You can contact for more information.

Use discount code CAMPFAIR  for 20% off all youth and adult workshops until 3/31/17

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

You can contact Emily Hills, OBT Outreach at 917-342-5279 or

YWCA Brooklyn Trail Blazer Camps Quest Youth Organization, Inc.
Octavia Project

Or click here for info on 1-day workshop on science fiction and architecture on Sat., April 1

University Settlement Lotus Creations Academy of Performing Arts
Bonjour NY ABC, LLC NYC Parks- Brooklyn Recreation Mark Morris Dance Group
Human Resources Administration (HRA) NYC Parks- Partnerships for Parks I WILL GRADUATE/ Entertainers 4 Education Alliance
MIM FOUNDATION  NY YMCA Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy

You can also contact  for more information

NY Writers Coalition BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange
City Growers

Click here to register for summer camp or email

For Job opportunities (Summer Camp Directors, Counselors & Assistant Counselors) email

For paid High School internships email

Lives Not Forgotten
Brooklyn United Marching Band

Brooklyn Music School

Click here for info on summer music program

Click here for info on summer vocal program


Teens: Train to Be a T4 Technology Volunteer at the Brooklyn Public Library





Prospect Park Alliance Volunteer Greeter Program


The Prospect Park Alliance seeks Volunteer Greeters to provide valuable assistance to the millions of visitors to Prospect Park, improving the visitor experience and raising awareness of the Alliance during large events on weekends and select evenings (from Smoragsburg to PopUp Dinner Brooklyn). Volunteer Greeters will receive training for this position and must be friendly, outgoing and comfortable working outside at locations throughout the Park.

Founded in 1987 to restore the Park after years of decline, the Prospect Park Alliance is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s flagship park. The Alliance provides a majority of the staff and operating budget that keeps the Park green and beautiful. The Alliance cares for the natural environment, restores historic design, creates new Park amenities and provides public programs for the Park, which receives more than 10 million visits each year.


  • 15 two-hour shifts on weekends and/or select evenings (roughly 2 shifts/month) over a six month period: April – October 2016 (availability for select events and activities in the off-season is an added plus)
  • Based at locations throughout the Park
  • Must be able attend training session prior to start of volunteer season


  • Welcome and greet Prospect Park visitors as a representative of the Prospect Park Alliance
  • Answer questions about the Park and Prospect Park Alliance
  • Distribute materials (maps, Prospect Park Alliance members brochures) and help facilitate marketing activities (marketing raffles and other promotion)
  • Assist Prospect Park Alliance staff in setting up tent, table, and literature displays (must be able to lift 10lbs)


  • 18+ years of age
  • Friendly and outgoing personality
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Interest in learning about Prospect Park and the Prospect Park Alliance
  • Ability to work in locations throughout the Park
  • Ability to work independently in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to stand for majority of 2-hour shifts
  • Ability to lift 10lbs

For the application, click here.

01/25 Event: Department of Homeless Services’ HOPE 2016

1HOPE 2016 is the  Department of Homeless Services’ yearly street homeless count. This year, it will be held Jan. 25th from 10pm-4am. They have 28 sites citywide that they use as the base from which to launch the count, where their volunteers meet, receive training, and then go out to engage anyone found on the street to ask them if they have a place to stay at night. There are 5 sites citywide where they need to bolster volunteer recruitment due to low turnout in the past at locations like 1025 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11213 – P.S. 167. The more volunteers they have to help them perform the count, the more accurate their numbers are, and the more likely they are to receive adequate federal funding to address street homelessness. They would appreciate the Senator’s participation, along with staff, and/or promoting the count.


Please snap a pic with the “HOPE counts because” template and post it on your social media to help them recruit volunteers for January 25th. To register to volunteer, click here.