On February 20th the Clergy Action Network assembled together for their first Strategy Breakfast of 2016. Over 60 people were in attendance including faith leaders, pastors, their representatives, interested youth, parents, and influential people such as Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, a long-time supporter of the Clergy Action Network. Those who gathered came to listen, plan, strategize, and commit to working together to Save Our Streets. The energy in the room was astounding.
The day began with introductory remarks from our liaison Rev. Kevin Jones followed by individual introductions. Chaplin Magren Snow and Evangelist Barbara Brown passionately recapped the MLK Jr Service event held in January. They then recapped the February 3rd Youth Symposium for The School Of Leadership & Development on The Wingate H.S. Campus that engaged 273 students from 36 classes over 4 hours of programming. What an awesome day that was! Juan Ramos, the new Deputy Director at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, then shared so much exciting news including information about a non-contact boxing program coming to Bed-Stuy. The fee is $15 per month. Rev. Jones asked for sponsors to pay the cost for these young people. 17 people responded for 20 youth. One paid $150 on the spot to sponsor 1 young person for the remainder of the year (10 months). What an awesome representation from the faith community!
Another highlight of the day was that 8 people signed up to mentor a young person this year with the Brooklyn Clergy Action Network 2 Save Our Communities. Rev. Edward Jenkins shared the vision for the 3rd annual Youth Symposium event with the group.Three people joined the Increase The Peace: Community Youth Symposium Planning Committee which works to plan the event which will occur on June 4th.
Two youth officers from the 77th Precinct Dereitas & Strivinski spoke about programs available to help keep young people busy, and thereby keep them off the streets in productive activities. Jessica Bailey represented the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office’s many programs. The last speaker was Council Member Laurie Cumbo who voiced her support for the work of the Clergy Action Network and said: “I like coming to this meeting. Some meetings I go to people just talk. But in these meetings you walk away with action items”. What a testament to the work of S.O.S. C.A.N.! Rev. Bembry closed the breakfast in prayer and for 2 members who asked for it.