Monday, January 25, 2016

#TBGE: “The Biggest Graduation Ever”

December 18th, 2015 we held our 1st ever combined graduation of Justice Community (JC) Brownsville, JC+ Brownsville, JC+ Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy dubbed #TBGE: “The Biggest Graduation Ever”!! With over 120 people in attendance (our largest graduation ceremony in BCJC history), current participants, alumni, staff, community partners, friends, and family commenced at the Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza for the culminating event. Each Justice Community track presented their performances, presentations, and speeches as they received their certificates. The two hour ceremony also included food, music, films from Justice Community/Reel Works participants, and guest speakers from participants’ internship placement supervisors. It was truly an amazing ceremony. The purpose of this event is to acknowledge the growth and achievement of each participant. Making them aware of such accomplishment will only result in more successful and positive outcomes.

Justice Community PLUS for Crown Heights and Bed Stuy graduated 16 participants on December 18th. There were a number of great moments and "small tangible wins" over the course of six months with these cohorts but, there were two young people who went especially above and beyond that we would like to recognize.

Charisma Daly has demonstrated her ability to carry the torch as a leader since she joined the JCP Program. She helped to establish a sense of community in and outside the classroom. Charisma was diligent about attending community board meetings, community benefit projects and job readiness workshops. She is a single mother who is working full-time while pursuing her GED.  We look forward to supporting you and your dreams Charisma!

Benaiah Foster is a quiet power, he has accomplished a great deal during the course of his JCP experience.  He is very inquisitive and always looking to broaden his knowledge base in everything from STEM to the world of construction.  Benaiah earned two certifications, an OSHA 10 certification that will afford him with an opportunity to work in construction and a  G4 NFPA 70E Electrician Certification while enrolled in the Justice Community PLUS program adding to his overall proficiency in electrical.  He is on the path to accomplishing so much more! Great Job Ben! Keep up the Outstanding work!

JC & JC+ graduates, their family and friends

Alan Waxman, teaching artist with Mark Morris Dance Group shows off participants work.

JC+ Bed-Stuy participant, Andre Tucker and Teaching Artist Carl Belizaire showing off their Flexing skills.

As graduation is viewed as the end of a journey full of experiences and challenges, it is also the beginning of a new journey that awaits our participants. We wish our graduates good luck on their future endeavors.  


Justice Community Brownsville, Justice Community Plus Crown Heights & Bed-Stuy is currently recruiting young people between the ages of 16 – 24 years old. Stop in our main office 444 Thomas Boyland Street, Suite 207, Brooklyn NY 11212 or call Deron Johnston, Associate Director at 347-404-9588 for more info. 

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