Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Justice Community PLUS Participants Become Agents of Change for Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant

Justice Community PLUS’ 2nd cohort is in full swing right now!! After graduating twenty two participants last season, Justice Community Plus has continued to engage young adults from both Crown Heights & Bedford Stuyvesant in programming to assist them with essential tools to identify and secure permanent employment. 

Justice Community participants from Crown Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Brownsville engage in mock interviews to prepare them for internships and future employment with Employment Specialist Jon Smith

Justice Community Plus members work closely with Brownsville Community Justice Center staff members Kayin Latson, Tarisse Iriarte and Jonathan Smith on work readiness topics such as workplace etiquette, dressing for success, “30 second” elevator pitches, resume writing, and team building. The group, who at times had reservations about meeting new people and “trying something new” have now gelled as a team and tend to encouraging each other through their development.  With workshops being facilitated twice a week at The College of New Rochelle Campus at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza and a third day of one on one individualized support, participants attain soft and hard vocational skills during their career exploration.

Justice Community Plus participants learn about “Go Green” energy employment opportunities with Green City

While working on basics skill sets that promote their viability as candidates for employment, participants have also volunteered with community partners on a host of events. The Chris Owens Foundation’s Back to School Event was a huge success as well as S.O.S. Crown Heights Safe Play Street & Book Bag giveaway.  

JCP members stocking bags with school supplies at the Chris Owens Foundation Back to School Event at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza
Justice Community Plus members engaging community residents at S.O.S. Safe Play Street & back to school event

Justice Community Plus participants have attended a number of events hosted by local elected officials. From Anti-Violence to Gun & Gang Violence Awareness, members have heard valuable messaging from community leaders.

The Justice Community Plus participants from Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant will look to surpass their efforts in the coming months ahead as they land internships, continue exploring new careers, and continue to gain valuable information and lessons learned along their pathways to personal growth and success!!

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