District 35 Participatory Budgeting 2018: Winning Projects

Majority Leader Cumbo visited Medgar Evers Prep yesterday to announce results and present oversized checks for winning projects (Via @NYC Council Twitter)

CROWN HEIGHTS – City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo paid a visit to a Crown Heights high school to announce the winning projects from Participatory Budgeting Cycle 7 in her 35th District, unveiling the results and presenting oversized checks at Medgar Evers Prep on Tuesday, May 22.

In a statement championing an “unprecedented” 63% increase in votes cast over last year’s cycle of budgeting, Councilmember Cumbo wrote that participatory budgeting is “an incredible opportunity to engage and empower people of all backgrounds to collectively decide how we can spend $1 million to fund capital projects that will strengthen our community.”

The winning projects were:

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Technology Upgrade at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School – $250,000
Funding for 8 classroom sets and 35 smart boards which would “provide students with the necessary technology tools for a better education”

Building Safety for P.S. 20/Academy of Arts & Letters – $250,000
School construction upgrades including water filtration, AC/heating, doors, gym safety padding, and plumbing “to create a safer environment”

Electric Upgrade for Clinton Hill Library – $150,000
Electrical upgrades that would “improve space efficiency for the use of technology” at the Clinton Hill Library

Technology Upgrade for Ebbets Field Middle School – $175,000
Funding for 160 new laptops to “replace outdated ones, and serve growing population of students”

Refurbish P.S. 9’s Auditorium – $250,000
Installing new lighting, sound system, paint job, curtains, chairs and stage floor in the auditorium.

Five of the seven proposed projects received funding from voters, who were less enthused by upgrading the auditoriums at either M.S. 113 or P.S. 705. Maybe next cycle…

The projects were selected based on the votes of 4,478 constituents in District 35. Of course, at the last census, roughly 86,000 people were eligible to vote on participatory budgeting in District 35, which means even though turnout was up, something around 5% of the eligible voters actually bothered.

With $1,000,000 of funding on the line for each district, each vote in District 35 was essentially worth $223. Not bad for spending a little of your day all the polls!

VOLUNTEER FOR PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING POSTER MAKING WORKSHOP

VOLUNTEER FOR THE PB Poster Making Workshop!
We’re in the homestretch of preparing for the 7th annual Participatory Budgeting vote. During April 7–15, our community will choose which local projects get a piece of $1 million dollars in discretionary funding.
 
The posters visually communicate the value and importance of the projects to the institutions that would benefit from funding, and to our community. And we need your help in developing them.
 
If you’d like to volunteer, please see this flyer for more information.  Your efforts help to give real power to people eager to be involved in the political process, resulting in better budget decisions — because who knows the needs of our community better than the people who live here.Legal Hand Poster Workshop Final

3/21 deadline: Discovery Guide Volunteer Program

Based in our Education Department at the New York Aquarium, Discovery Guides are seasonal volunteers (14 – 21) who receive training in customer service and basic interpretation. Discovery Guides focus on a select group of visitor experiences and, in turn, gain experience with teaching, leadership, public speaking, and learn about animals and the wild places they inhabit!

Discovery Guides who successfully complete the program will be eligible for other volunteer opportunities at the New York Aquarium.

Participants must be 14 years old and have graduated from Middle School at time of submitting application to participate.

Volunteer opportunities for Summer 2018 are here!

3/10 Event: Summer Youth Resource Fair

Summer Youth Resource Fair

Volunteer Homework Helper

Help students in grades 1-8 with their homework assignments by becoming a Volunteer Homework Helper at the Brooklyn Public Library!

Do you have a strong commitment to working with children? A minimum of two hours per week during after-school hours (3-6PM) on weekdays? An ability to make a minimum required commitment of six months?  If so, apply now! Complete an application at any neighborhood library or online at www.bklynlibrary.org.

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 www.congressionalaward.org

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 jlaufer@pubadvocate.nyc.gov.

There is a rolling application process. 

Click here for more information on internships or volunteering.

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