Monday, August 10, 2015

Welcome BCJC Project RISE Street Team Interns!

The Brownsville Community Justice Center’s RISE project recently began its newest internship, the BCJC Street Team. The Street Team is comprised of young people that want to make positive changes in Brownsville, specifically to reduce community violence. They will learn about community violence and community healing, while designing community engagement projects on these topics. The street team will also represent the Justice Center at community and city wide events. On their first day of internship, the interns had a special appearance by our very own Project Director, James Brodick. The Street Team interns had some thoughtful and meaningful conversations with James about the needs of the community and the justice system as a whole.

Members of the Street Team meet with Project Director, James Brodick.

Members of the Street Team take notes while staff members present on their role at the Justice Center

Fun On The Run Is In Full Swing For Summer!


Fun on the Run, the Justice Center's mobile recreation program, is in full swing for the summer, travelling across Brownsville providing fun for local children. Fun on the Run, operates Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 3pm. Brownsville Leadership Project interns are working hard providing mobile recreation programming and serving as positive role models for younger children. BLP interns lead arts and crafts, playground activities, and various organized games including basketball. Many young children in Brownsville make sure that they are at the park during our drop in hours in order to enjoy the free programming and continue to develop relationships with their favorite intern!


BLP interns teach youth how to do pull ups on the monkey bars at the Children’s Park on Sutter Avenue and Christopher Street.

BLP interns prepare Fun on the Run the arts and crafts table!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Brownsville Justice Community Program Participants Create Powerful Documentaries

Every program cycle, the Brownsville Justice Community Program hosts multiple tracks that range in content based on the interests of the participants.  In each track, participants work on personal and community projects that speak to their experiences in Brownsville, their goals as they develop as young adults, and tangible ways they can use their development to build their community (activating desolate spaces, increasing public safety, exploring economic and employment opportunities, etc.).

Our most recent graduating classes participated in the Young Adult Entrepreneurship Program track, the Community Benefit Projects track, the Mark Morris Dance Group track, and the Reel Works track.

The participants in the Reel Works track develop skills to become film makers, set designers, writers, and to get exposed to various other career paths the film industry offers.  Our first class of Reel Works participants to complete the track not only created their first films, but also had their films premiered at the New York Institute of Technology!  

Join me in congratulating our Reel Works participants by watching their newly premiered documentaries below...