Last Wednesday, the Mediation Center celebrated the graduates of the Leadership Training Institute and their efforts to improve the community. After attending six months of training in community activism skills, the twelve graduates organized a Crown Heights “Eat Healthy/Eat Local” Food Fair, which featured a variety of vendors, including hydroponic gardening from Boswyck Farms, free yoga, pilates, delicious cooking demonstrations from East New York Farms and Hattie Carthan Community Garden, locally-sourced gourmet sauces and condiments from The Pour Gourmet, information from the new Central Brooklyn CSA and Lefferts Community Food Co-Op, and more. The group also produced two publications which offer a comprehensive list of local resources for eating healthy in our neighborhood and feature healthy recipes from our community.
Mediation Center staff and Elected Officials with a
graduate of the program, Ms. Bettye Watford Bogan.
Graduate Geralyn Harry called the Leadership Training Institute “amazingly transformative. It was awesome. I finally felt like I was home.” Carol Hauge, another graduate, said, “This program did everything I wanted and more. How often can you say that? We learned a lot and put into use everything we learned.”

The graduation was attended by the graduates and their friends and families, as well as elected officials who presented the graduates with citation certificates to thank them for their work in the community. Present at the graduation were Ann Marie Adamson of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office, Maurice Roberts of Senator Eric Adam’s office, Assemblyman Karim Camara, Councilmember Jumaane Williams, Gigi Davis-Elliott representing Councilmember Letitia James, and Councilmember Mathieu Eugene. Councilmembers Vann, Mealy, Sanders, Recchia also provided citations for the graduates.

Congratulations again to the graduates of the program!