Become a Mentor or Recommend One for the Young Men’s Initiative

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The Lafayette Gardens Community Center, operated by Grand Street Settlement, needs your assistance in acquiring mentors for their Young Men’s Initiative in the Lafayette Gardens community.

Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is a mentoring program geared toward young men in high school. The mission of the YMI Cornerstone Mentoring Program is to support high school students during the transitions from high school into college and career, by cultivating positive personal relationships and community involvement. Throughout the year mentees and mentors will take part in workshops developing leadership abilities among our youth that will strengthen their advocacy and work readiness skills. In addition to service-learning projects, mentors will provide youth with guidance on the college application process, employment, attend trips and visit colleges.

If you know of any candidates that would be an asset to this program please feel free to contact Monique Smalls at or at 347-384-8880.

10/17 Event: STARS College Fair

Calling all middle and high school-age girls and young women:

We hope to see you at the STARS College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 17!

To get the most out of this event, here are a few tips:

  • Have a plan! Prepare a list of colleges and universities to which you are considering applying. You can view the institutions attending below.
  • Come ready. Think about and prepare a list of important questions to ask the representatives which you can’t answer from their website.
  • Bring your “A” game. First impressions are lasting impressions. Take notes, don’t forget a bag to carry the materials you’ll receive, dress appropriately and bring a portfolio, transcript or resume.

To RSVP, click here.

10/28 Event: College Fair & Career Day


5/24 Events: The College Experience at Bedford and Macon libraries

Kingsborough Community College presents the first in a series of FREE unique college experiences in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library. Kingsborough will work with local Brooklyn Public Library branches (such as the Bedford Library and Macon Library) to bring THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE to you…right in your local, neighborhood public library. Join us for an evening of exciting mini lessons meant to inspire and engage your imagination and to whet your appetite for college. Courses will be taught by Kingsborough faculty. All teens (ages 14 and up) and adults of any age are welcome!

4/30 deadline: Bella Abzug Leadership Institute Summer 2017 program


We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2017 Free Summer Two Week Intensive Leadership and Debate Training Program! We are currently recruiting Middle school, High School and College-aged young women and girls who wish to the gain necessary leadership and debate skills to excel in academic and extracurricular activities.

BALI’s Summer Intensive Leadership and Debate Training Program:

  • Encourages young women and girls to take leadership roles in their local and global communities.
  • Fosters awareness of social issues on a local, national and international level.
  • Encourages spiritual and intellectual growth through various workshops and activities.
  • Provides participants with opportunists to network with women in a multitude of fields, exposing them to opportunities for internships and employment.
  • Utilizes debate training activities to enhance research and oral communication skills.
  • Establishes mentoring relationships, support, and referrals for internships.
  • Promotes the development of sisterhood through interactive and collaborative activities.

If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please apply online.

(This application can be accessed by visiting our website and clicking “apply now” in the upper right-hand corner.)

Important Dates-

Training Dates: Monday- Saturday, July 17th, 2017 to July 29th, 2017.

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PM SHARP

For questions or concerns, please contact or call (212)650-3071

In order to keep updated on BALI Events and opportunities, please visit our website and like our Facebook page.

4/20 deadline: Brooklyn District Attorney’s Internship Program


02/15 Deadline: Jackie Robinson Scholarship Foundation

We are pleased to inform you that the online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is now available at

The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 3,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson

The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 15, 2016 by 5:00 pm ET. TO learn more about the Jackie Robinson Foundation, please visit their website at

02/27 Event: Historically Black Colleges & Universities Fair


11/30 Event: Green City Force Recruitment

Green City Force is recruiting NYCHA residents ages 18-24 for its PAID college prep and “green” industry job training program. Applicants must have a high school diploma/GED and not be enrolled in college for 2015-2016.

Monday, November 30 at 11:00 a.m.

REES Central Office, 787 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11238

RSVP is required.

Events for the Weekend of November 7-8, 2015

Movie Night

Friday, November 6


Clinton Hill Library – 380 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY


Fort Greene Park Greenmarket

Saturday, November 7

8AM – 4PM

Washington Park between DeKalb and Willoughby Avenues Brooklyn, NY

Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza

Saturday, November 7
8 AM – 4 PM

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn’s favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market. EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round. For a full calendar of events and a list of sellers, visit GrowNYC.

Shape Up! Stretching (Essentrics)

 Saturday, November 7

Clinton Hill Library – 380 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY

celebration of gardens


Shape Up NYC: Aerobics

Saturday, November 7
Bedford Library – 496 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Pop-Up Market

Saturday, November 7


Trilok Fusion Arts – 143 Waverly Avenue Brooklyn, NY

fire safety plan

Target First Saturdays
Saturday, November 7

5PM – 10PM
Brooklyn Museum – 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY

Bethel Sports Club Free Exercise Class

Sunday, November 8


Bethel Seventh-day Adventist  Church – 457 Grand Avenue Brooklyn, NY