Shawn Deverteuil is the Men’s Empowerment Coordinator for the Make It Happen program at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. Shawn has ties to the Crown Heights community having grown up there. Shawn works with the Director of Trauma Support Services by providing our young men of color with supportive victim services, both individual and group counseling, as we help members figure out what healthy masculinity can be for them.

Shawn believes that violence can have a traumatic impact on the lives of young men of color, affecting their overall health and livelihood. This trauma combined on average with a lack of general support they may feel they have in their given community and lack of help-seeking behaviors, contributes to the overall social disadvantages they face in society. A goal within the Make It Happen program is to create trusting, organic working relationships with our members where they can feel comfortable sharing any underlying feelings or concerns they may have while getting the proper support they need to succeed in life.