The Mediation Center has been buzzing with activity these past few weeks! Here’s a rundown of some of the recent goings on at 256 Kingston Avenue.

  • Last week, we launched our new Youth Entrepreneurship Program, a unique program which is bringing a group of young women from the Jewish and African American communities together to participate in skill-building sessions on photography, graphic design, and entrepreneurship to start a collaborative media company together. This week, the girls were hard at work building pinhole cameras to kickstart their entrepreneurial skills and get the creative juices flowing.
  • The third cohort of Leadership Training Institute also had their first session last week. A diverse and enthusiastic bunch with varied experiences, backgrounds, and interests, but with a common goal of improving Crown Heights, gathered at the Mediation Center to meet each other.  Our guest was Teri Coaxum, Deputy State Director for Senator Charles Schumer, who spoke to the group about the importance of networking as a leadership skill.  It was a great first session! 
Leadership Training Institute participants meeting with Teri Coaxum at the first session.
  • Last week we partnered with the Legal Aid Society to host a Temporary Protected Status immigration clinic for Haitians, and assisted fifteen people with their applications. More information about TPS is available here. 
  • Mediation Center staff lead a two-day training on conflict resolution with Brooklyn College Community Partnership.
  • Training has also begun this week for our new (still unnamed) anti-gun violence program. We welcome the new team and the trainers from Chicago to our office!