Art A Catalyst For Change: 2018 Culmination Events!

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month and I am thrilled to share that we had over one thousand students participate in our Art A Catalyst for Change culmination events this month across all 5 boroughs. Art A Catalyst for Change is a New York City Council initiative, which I was proud to spearhead, that provides after-school programming at select middle and high schools located where high incidences of gun violence occur.

It is so important that we remind young people early and often that they have the power to affect change in their communities! Young people are already leading the way in communities across the country and we must continue to give them resources and support, like art activism programs, to further cultivate their leadership!!!

Thank you to my Council colleagues for their leadership and support of this initiative: Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Debi Rose, Alicka Samuel, Robert E. Cornegy Jr., Mark Treyger, Inez Barron, Jumaane D. Williams, Bill Perkins, Diana Ayala, Fernando Cabrera, Vanessa L. Gibson, Andy King, Donovan Richards, Jimmy Van Bramer,  and Adrienne Adams.

Another major thank you to our partners: 2020 Vision for Schools, Inc./Thrive Collective, Museum of the Moving Image, Black Spectrum Theatre Company, Sundog Theatre, Inc. BRIC Arts, and The Bronx Museum of Arts.

Our young people are so incredibly TALENTED and we have a RESPONSIBILITY to nourish those GIFTS and show them how they can use them to give back to their communities!!! Photo highlights of the culmination events below!

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4/18 Event: Second Annual Youth Job & Career Expo

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Employment Opportunities at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Construction Project Manager

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) seeks an energetic, proactive, and highly talented candidate for the position of Construction Project Manager in the Design and Construction Department. This position will report to the Vice President of Construction Management. S/he will be a member of the team responsible for bringing all of the Yard’s major capital projects to life – ranging from ground-up new construction to gut rehabs of historic buildings to major CapEx projects.

Security Officer

The security officer will ensure the safety and security of visitors, tenants, and employees at the Brooklyn Navy Yard while providing excellent customer service at various posts throughout the Navy Yard.

Shuttle Bus Operator

The primary role of a driver is to continuously provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation services. The BNYDC Transportation Department is committed to providing Yard tenants, visitors, employees and business partners with a high level of professional service.

Volunteers Needed! Sound the Alarm. Save a Life – American Red Cross

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This Spring, join the American Red Cross and 35,000 volunteers in more than 100 communities across the country to install over 100,000 smoke alarms in an event called Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes, and the vast majority of these are home fires? Sadly, every day seven people die from home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms, with children and the elderly disproportionately killed. That’s why the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. Since then, Red Cross volunteers and partners have made over 300,000 households safer. Now we’re on the cusp of something big, and we need your help.

In Greater New York Region American Red Cross made over 25,000 homes safer and together with volunteers across the country they have saved over 159 lives. This year, from April 28th-May 12th, we will install 1,000 smoke alarms in our great Borough of Brooklyn. We are counting on residents like you to help us achieve this major milestone! Here is how you can help:

Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life
Registration is open! Visit to register today to make homes safer by installing smoke alarms, replacing alarm batteries and helping families create escape plans in our communities, right here in Brooklyn.

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Invite your friends and family to volunteer with you or to join in your fundraising efforts! Ask them to sign up at

You can join this growing movement. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.