Thursday, February 27, 2014

Apply now for the Young Adult Entrepreneurship Program

The Brownsville Anti-Violence Project (BAVP) is committed to creating opportunities for youth to become involved in paid skill-building projects. All projects will push forward the BAVP's mission to end gun and gang violence in the Brownsville (11212) neighborhood. Keeping both of these commitments in mind, the BAVP is launching and currently recruiting for the Young Adult Entrepreneurship Program (YAEP). 

Example of sample product for the "Brownsville: Stronger Together" anti-violence campaign. 
Youth will learn about small business, the local economy in context and social entrepreneurship during a 12-week paid training with an experienced instructor. After training, Brownsville's young entrepreneurs will then put their skills to use during an 8-week internship position. In their internship, these young entrepreneurs will help build the marketing strategy and product-line of the "Brownsville: Stronger Together" anti-violence campaign. This hands-on experience will be invaluable to any young person looking for direction on launching their own small business ideas. Expert guest speakers and designers will be integrated into the curriculum! 

We have 12 slots. They will go fast! If you are interested or know a young person between the ages of 16-24 years old who lives in the 11212 zip code, please forward the link below to the application. Interested applicants may also pick up a paper application in person at our offices or send a request to to have the application emailed.  

Click here to access the application:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Digging Out in Brownsville!

Every week a team of individuals who have been referred by the downtown court for community service as payback for a minor offense and an alternative to jail work under the supervision of Justice Center staff to do a variety of projects.

Whether it's cleaning up around neglected properties (Brownsville has a lot of vacant land), assisting the business district along Pitkin with tree planting and horticulture or street cleaning, cleaning train stations on the main subway line in the area, painting over graffiti , helping our friends and partners at local community gardens, or coordinating with the Department of Sanitation, we're always trying to make sure that this work is helping improve neighborhood quality of life.

Whenever there is heavy snow, we focus our crews on important areas like bus stops and fire hydrants.  
Corner of Pitkin and Saratoga, 2/18/14:  Before

Corner of Pitkin and Saratoga, 2/18/14: After

And in Brownville, just like the rest of the city, as we emerge from the deep freeze, lots of garbage that's coming out of the snow is all over the neighborhood too!

Pitkin b/w Thomas Boyland and Amboy 2/25/14: Before

Pitkin b/w Thomas Boyland and Amboy 2/25/14: After

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Brownsville Community Justice Center and the Rutgers University College Tour

Having recently graduated our 2013 cohort, the Justice Community Program had the opportunity to reflect on some of the amazing experiences we shared with the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project, the Brownsville Youth Court, B.O.L.T.S., and all of the amazing young people taking advantage of the programs at the Brownsville Community Justice Center.
Participants from each of these programs had a myriad of experiences with the Brownsville Justice Community Program.  Participants attended free screenings of powerful films such as Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  We also enjoyed the excitement of Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure, the Big Apple Circus’ Luminocity, and a variety of enlightening workshops, field trips, and trainings.
One of our trips was a college tour at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.  For some participants, this was the first time they stepped foot on a college campus.  For others, visiting Rutgers was an opportunity to compare Rutgers to other campuses they have visited in Brooklyn.

Justice Community participants were able to sit in classrooms, see dormitories, and interact with currently enrolled students.  Getting a first-hand experience of what it is like to be a college student in lecture style classrooms and seeing the living accommodations made some of the students feel more connected to the college experience. Alonzo, a Justice Community participant who is currently preparing for the SATs and filling out his FAFSA forms commented, “I pictured what it would be like, but it’s exciting to see what it’s actually like.”

Justice Community participants were also able to visit the student center and eat lunch in student cafes, see works of art in the student art gallery, and view the activities center where they saw the numerous student groups, fraternities, sororities, and activities that college students explore.  Justice Community participants were able to see students studying in the student lounge while watching flat screen televisions and sipping coffee from the in house Starbucks.  Justice Community participants enthusiastically commented, “I can do this!”