Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Upcoming Event: "Changing the Narrative" Art Exhibition

The Arts against Violence: Changing the Narrative of Brownsville community-wide summer tour is coming to an end. With one last stop scheduled to take place at the Van Dyke Community Center on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 8pm, the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project (BAVP) and its’ advisory boards have been planning a grand summer finale.
While on tour, the BAVP visited 4 Brownsville schools (Mott Hall Bridge Academy, Frederick Douglas High School, Teacher’s Preparatory Charter School and Roads Charter High School), 1 church (First Baptist Church of Brownsville), and National Night Out. Throughout the tour, young people talked about the effects of violence on the community and ways young people can make a difference. Young people also worked on original individual drawings, poetry, photography, essays and painted group inspired canvases to bring their visions and experiences to life!
It’s not over! If you missed the BAVP on tour, you still have a chance to make the finale! Come see what Brownsville youth have to say about growing up in Brownsville and what a better Brownsville looks like to them! The BAVP will be showcasing all of the art made on tour at:

Arts against Violence: Changing the Narrative of Brownsville Art Exhibition!
Van Dyke Community Center
(392 Blake Avenue Brooklyn, N.Y. 11212)
Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 1pm-4pm.

Refreshments will be served! Prizes to top art submissions!

We are still accepting freelance art submissions to be considered at the exhibitions!

You don’t want to miss out! For more information on this event or to find out how you can submit artwork to be considered for a prize, please feel free to reach out to the BAVP:

Brownsville Anti-Violence Project, Brownsville Community Justice Center, 444 Thomas S. Boyland Street, Suite 207, (between Pitkin Ave and East New York Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11212.
Phone: 347-404-9584 or 347-404-9589
Instagram: @antiviolenceproject

Thursday, August 1, 2013

LAW INTERNSHIPS FOR TEENS-- Accepting Applications now!

Are you 14-18?

Are you currently enrolled in school or a GED Program?

Do you want to learn about the law?

Do you want to help other teens who have gotten into trouble?

The Brownsville Youth Court Wants You!

What is Brownsville Youth Court?
The Brownsville Youth Court trains teenagers ages 14-18 to serve as jurors, judges and youth and community advocates. Members hear real-life cases of other teens that have committed low-level offenses. Youth court members then offer meaningful and beneficial sanctions. The goal of Youth Court is not to assess guilt or innocence; rather it is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system.

How do I become a youth court member?
Brownsville Youth court members are selected out of a competitive training internship program. Trainees are selected based on the quality of their applications and interview performance. Youth Court trainees spend 32 unpaid hours learning about youth court, juvenile justice, how to perform the roles, and take a bar exam. Trainees will receive community service hour credits for the training internship. Trainees who perform well on the bar exam and have demonstrated themselves throughout the training process are chosen to serve in a 6-month paid internship as youth court members.

Who is eligible to apply?
Brownsville Youth Court membership is open to Brooklyn teens ages 14-18 who are enrolled in school or GED program.

How much do youth court members get paid?
Youth court members receive a $100/month stipend to serve for 5 hours per week.

When is the training internship?
The training internship will take place mid-October and end mid-December on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The training location takes place at the Brownsville Community Justice Center located at 444 Thomas Boyland St. (between Pitkin and East New York Avenues).

When and where are youth court hearings held?
Youth court hearings will be held at 444 Thomas Boyland St. every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00- 6:00pm.

Interested in becoming a member of  

Brownsville Youth Court? 

     Apply HERE or Click HERE to download the application. 

Applications are Due No Later than September 30, 2013

If you have any questions, Please contact a BYC staff person at 347-404-9581