Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association

About Us

PLGNA was incorporated in 1969 by PLG residents who opposed unfair real estate and bank practices like redlining and wanted to form a working interracial neighborhood. One of its first projects was to document 300 abandoned and 300 deteriorating buildings within the neighborhood. In 1973, PLGNA became involved in a landmark legal battle to combat redlining. Over the years, it has helped tenants to organize unions and blocks to form associations; supported safety programs; transported seniors; developed youth programs; and served as an umbrella organization for other neighborhood groups.

Martin Ruiz, President

Jesse Hamilton’s Youth Opportunities Guide

Summer programs, internships, jobs and much more!

The following guide was compiled by Jesse Hamilton, current District Leader for the 20th Assembly District and candidate to fill the State Senate seat left behind by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

BAM Education Programs

BAM Education connects learning with creativity, engaging imagination by encouraging self-expression through in- and after-school programs for students and teachers; school-break workshops; and offerings for audiences of all ages

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Beacon Community Centers

Beacon centers operate in the afternoons, evenings, weekends, during school holidays, vacation periods and the summer (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.). Beacons provide a wide range of activities for young people including tutoring, college prep, photography, basketball and martial arts.

We also provide adult programs such as GED, ESOL, Parenting Skills classes, Family relation, and tenant and advocacy.

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Bethany United Methodist Church

After school tutorial in homework (math, science, reading, social studies).

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Big Apple Games

The Big Apple Games is a summer recreational program designed as an extension of the PSAL to accommodate children with special needs.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum

A pioneer in education, Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. Its success has sparked the creation of 300 children’s museums around the world. With award-winning, hands-on exhibits and innovative use of its collections, the Museum engages children from pre-school to high school in learning adventures. It is the only children’s museum in New York City, and one of few in the country, to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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Brooklyn Chinese-American Association After-School and Summer Program

The Brooklyn Chinese-American Association (BCA) currently operates after-school and summer programs that serve nearly 1,000 public school students daily at five school buildings in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Borough Park, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay, and Bensonhurst.

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Brooklyn Museum Family and Youth Programs

See art. Make art. Brooklyn Museum Youth and Family Programs create connections between works in our galleries and your life.

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Brooklyn Summit College Clinic

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Brooklyn Youth Music Project

An important component of the Brooklyn Youth Music Project is their summer camp experience. Students play in a string orchestra, sing in a choir and participate in chamber ensembles. 

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Brownsville Youth Association

Brownsville Youth Association (BYA) is a community-based, non-profit organization located in Brooklyn, New York dedicated improving quality of life in Brownsville through youth empowerment.

BYA works Brownsville residents of all ages, faith-based organizations, tenant associations, educational institutions, business owners and health care providers to offer services and intergenerational programming.

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Brownville Youth Court

The Brownsville Youth Court trains teenagers to serve as jurors, judges and advocates, handling real-life cases involving their peers. The goal of the Brownsville Youth Court is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses restore harm done to the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system.

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Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement

Since its inception The Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement has provided academic, recreational, social and cultural activities for young people in the Crown Heights, Flatbush, and East Flatbush sections of Brooklyn.

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Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

The essential focus of the activities at the Center for Family Life is on the family as a sustaining source of development for children and youth. Individual, group and family counseling provided by the Center’s social workers are augmented by involvement in extensive school-based, after-school programs at two local elementary schools and evening center programs for teens.

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Central Park Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship provides full-time, paid summer jobs with the Central Park Conservancy for approximately 25 high school students. Interns support the horticulture, visitor services and public programs departments. Deadline is April 30th.

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College Now

The College Now Program is a free program designed to prepare New York City’s public high school students for college. In most cases, a New York City public high school teams up with one or more of the 17 City University of New York (CUNY) colleges to create a College Now partnership. Each CUNY administers its own College Now program; and there is no centralized application process for College Now. Students interested in signing up may apply at the College Now website.

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Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Provides a neutral place where youth and adults can air grievances, settle disputes and work together to achieve common goals.

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DREAMS YouthBuild & Young Adult Training Program

The DREAMS YouthBuild & Young Adult Training Program offers GED and Pre-GED classes to young adults ages 17 thru 24. We assist participants with obtaining their GED and full-time employment. In our program young adults learn sufficient skills to compete in today’s job market.

In addition to helping our students obtain their GED, they focus on Life Skills, and Job Readiness. Additional opportunities at DREAMS include our YouthBuild Program; which offers training in Construction and Building Maintenance.

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East Flatbush Village, Inc.

The East Flatbush Village is a community and youth Development organization focused on uplifting Neighbors with Neighbors.

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Educators for Children, Youth and Families

Provides educational support and youth leadership programs, individual and family counseling, leadership skills training, community service, and academic enhancement services. Also provides school mediation and cultural and diversity workshops and training.

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Exalt Youth Programs

Exalt elevates expectations of personal success for youth ages 15-19 who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system. We inspire youth at a critical crossroads to believe in their worth, from the first steps in contemplation through the journey to create lasting behavioral change.

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Explainer Program

Twenty-five new Intern Explainers are accepted into the program three times a year. During the school year, Explainers volunteer on weekends and optional school holidays. Weekend shifts last 4.5 hours in either the morning or afternoon. In addition to a weekend shift, summer interns also volunteer for two 4.5-hour weekday shifts, Tuesdays through Fridays. At the beginning of each new session, Explainers are given six months after the first training date to complete the 125 hours

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Family and Community Support Services, Inc.

Provides fathers with educational parenting skills and social support networks; like dads helping dads mentoring. They provide fathers empowerment workshops so that fathers can be informed of their rights. Fathers gain access to greater resources. 

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Friends of Crown Heights 

Free internet literacy class for beginners.

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Gowanus Canal Conservancy Environmental Education Summer

Internship: The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is looking for graduate or college level interns to help coordinate Conservancy education programs during the Summer of 2014. The Education Intern will report to the Director of Education Programs and assist in the development of GCC Education Programs.

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Haitian-American Community Coalition

Haitian-American Community Coalition’s (formerly known as Haitian Centers Council) original mission was to improve the quality of life for those we serve, especially Haitian Americans, in the metro New York City area by providing access to services, information and education as well as resources toward the goal of self-sufficiency.

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Henkels & Mc.Coy

Training services (part of H&M Networks) offers all levels of hand-on training and technical instruction from entry-level through advanced. Assist with obtaining free certification in a variety of program, as well as GED practice, and free GED certification. Upon completion of the 1 month job readiness training, students are rewarded a brand new desktop computer system. Stipends are also rewarded based on goal completion.

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Irondale

Through the power of the ensemble process, Irondale creates and presents alive, compelling theater, performance, and education programs that challenge traditional assumptions about art, and help us to better interpret contemporary culture. The IrondaleCenter – our theater, laboratory, and classroom – is a home for ensemble artists of all disciplines and cultures, and a resource for our community.

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IMentor

IMentor is a mentoring program between young people and volunteer adult mentors through an innovative combination of e-mails, correspondence and in-person meetings.

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Jewish Children’s Museum

The Jewish Children’s Museum provides exhibitions and programs for all children in an educational and entertaining format. Through contemporary technology and a hands-on approach to learning, visitors experience Jewish history, values and traditions in a manner that inspires an increased interest in Jewish culture. Primarily, the Museum serves elementary school-age children and their families, and is a resource and model, nationally and internationally, for interactive education on Jewish themes.

The Museum is a setting for children of all faiths and backgrounds to gain a positive perspective and awareness of the Jewish heritage, fostering tolerance and understanding.

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Kings Against Violence Initiative

Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) is a hospital-based and school-based youth violence intervention, prevention and empowerment program in Brooklyn, New York.  We view violence as a disease much in the same fashion as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease.  We are not a social program but a disease intervention program that believes in youth empowerment as a way to improve lives of young people, in particular as it relates to violence.

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Mocada

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is committed to fostering learning through its educational programs, guided tours and workshops, art education awareness in neighboring schools, and emphasis on strengthening ties with the NYC Department of Education. The Education staff supervises art educators and interns, and works collaboratively to expand the Education component of all the programming areas at MoCADA by engaging other departments to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the organization.

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New York City Summer Youth Employment Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to seven weeks in July and August.  SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

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New York City Summer Internship Programs

City government internships allow students to make important contributions to New York City. Additionally, this is an opportunity for students to participate in a challenging and rewarding work experience, also a great way to find student housing. Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled in a college or university before applying. Graduate applicants must be enrolled or accepted into a graduate program before applying.

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New York Police Academy Summer Program

The Youth Police Academy is a six-week program (5 days per week) for youth between the ages of 10 and 16. 

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Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow Young Adult Internship

Program Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is offering a Young Adult Internship Program.  Young adults must be between the ages of 17 and 24 and reside in Crown Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Greenpoint, East New York and Williamsburg.  The program offers 14 weeks of  paid internship and job training.

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Out of School Youth Employment Training

The OSY Employment Training is designed to motivate, empower and prepare young adults who are not currently working and/or not attending school.

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Prospect Park Volunteer Corps

Participate in various gardening and beautification projects, lead tours, help with office work and more.

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Quest Youth Organization 

Quest uses the performing arts to facilitate critical thinking, improve student academic performance and provide eclectic musical concerts in the community.

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SCO Young Adult Internship Program

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Sunset Park Alliance For Youth

The Sunset Park Alliance, a collaboration consisting of six distinct organizations, reconnects disconnected youth back to the classroom and workplace by providing comprehensive case management and support services, enhancing academic skills, and offering access to job skills training and employment.

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Workforce1 Career Center

Workforce1 can help you find and prepare for the job you want. Whether you are unemployed, hoping to make a mid-career change, or looking for your first job, Workforce1 Career Centers in each of the 5 boroughs offer:

  • Job search resource rooms
  • Personalized career counseling
  • Advice on how to interview for a job
  • Assistance creating resumes and cover letters
  • Job placement services

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Year Up

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships.

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Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP)

The Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) is DYCD’s workforce development program targeting young adults between 16 and 24 who are not working and not in school. This is a year-round program; the program incorporates ongoing education, as well as additional participant and employer support.

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Young Israel of Flatbush

Young Israel of Flatbush is an orthodox synagogue located in the flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY. For over 90 years, the Young Israel of Flatbush has provided service to the local Flatbush community as well providing service and support on a national and an international level.

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Martin

Housing: What can you do?

"My Brooklyn" - documentary has a companion guide with suggestions to drive discussions on what to do. I’ve listed them below to spark some solution based discussions.  To learn more click through.  You’ll find more details and links to resources.

Affordable and Low-Income Housing

Strengthen the city’s rent laws
Protect and maintain public housing
Protect Mitchell-Lama housing
Ensure that newly built housing is truly affordable
Stop speculation
Equitable Economic Development

Demand that public subsidies and other economic development programs are used to create 
genuine public benefits
Rezone equitably
Stop unfair commercial displacement
Empower Communities

Strengthen the community boards
Respect community-led planning
Increase the transparency of the New York City Economic Development Corporation 
(NYCEDC)
Make Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Public-Private Partnerships more transparent 
and accountable
What you can do?

Donate to progressive organizing around these issues 
Hold elected officials accountable
Organize in your community 
Go to a community board meeting in your district 
Know your rights
Link to companion guide
Photo credit: curbed.com

Martin

Housing: What can you do?

"My Brooklyn" - documentary has a companion guide with suggestions to drive discussions on what to do. I’ve listed them below to spark some solution based discussions. To learn more click through. You’ll find more details and links to resources.

Affordable and Low-Income Housing

  1. Strengthen the city’s rent laws
  2. Protect and maintain public housing
  3. Protect Mitchell-Lama housing
  4. Ensure that newly built housing is truly affordable
  5. Stop speculation

Equitable Economic Development

  1. Demand that public subsidies and other economic development programs are used to create genuine public benefits
  2. Rezone equitably
  3. Stop unfair commercial displacement

Empower Communities

  1. Strengthen the community boards
  2. Respect community-led planning
  3. Increase the transparency of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
  4. Make Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Public-Private Partnerships more transparent and accountable

What you can do?

  1. Donate to progressive organizing around these issues
  2. Hold elected officials accountable
  3. Organize in your community
  4. Go to a community board meeting in your district
  5. Know your rights

Link to companion guide
Photo credit: curbed.com

Martin

Curbed.com Summarizes Town Hall Meeting with Eric Adams

"Irresponsible" and "out of control" were just a few ways neighbors described the 23-story residential tower planned for 626 Flatbush Avenue, between Fenimore and Hawthorne Streets just a block from Prospect Park. Last night during a standing-room only town hall meeting organized by the Prospect Park East Network, residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens expressed their deep disapproval of the development, which was first announced by developer Hudson Companies last summer. A number of city officials and politicians, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, were there to hear their concerns—and boy, did they get an earful.

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Reminder - Town Hall with Eric Adams, Monday April 7th

Come out and express your thoughts about new development constructions.

In the meantime, feel free to ask questions or express an idea/opinion in either the

comment section below  
facebook page  
by email to me at mailto:mr.ruiz@gmail.com  
by email to plgna at mailto:info@plgna.org  
I’ll try my best to find you an answer.

Martin

Reminder - Town Hall with Eric Adams, Monday April 7th

Come out and express your thoughts about new development constructions.

In the meantime, feel free to ask questions or express an idea/opinion in either the

  • comment section below
  • facebook page
  • by email to me at mailto:mr.ruiz@gmail.com
  • by email to plgna at mailto:info@plgna.org

I’ll try my best to find you an answer.

Martin

Trail Blazers Summer Camp Open House, April 12

The nation’s second oldest summer has found a home in PLG. 

They’ve recently moved their offices to 394 Rogers Ave, just off of Empire. 

They’re having an open house on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 4pm

Trail Blazers is teaming up with PLGNA and other community organizations to help bring Youth programming to PLG.

Let’s give them a warm PLG welcome.  Stop by, get to know them and learn more about their programming. 

Check them out at http://PLG.trailblazers.org

About Trailblazers
Trail Blazers knows how to appreciate the environment and find enjoyment in all it has to offer. Whether it is a densely built urban setting in New York City or a natural forest, lake, or garden that flourishes within the urban setting, there is plenty to do and learn – all you need to do is look up and around and explore.

Martin

Trail Blazers Summer Camp Open House, April 12

The nation’s second oldest summer has found a home in PLG.

They’ve recently moved their offices to 394 Rogers Ave, just off of Empire.

They’re having an open house on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 4pm

Trail Blazers is teaming up with PLGNA and other community organizations to help bring Youth programming to PLG.

Let’s give them a warm PLG welcome. Stop by, get to know them and learn more about their programming.

Check them out at http://PLG.trailblazers.org

About Trailblazers
Trail Blazers knows how to appreciate the environment and find enjoyment in all it has to offer. Whether it is a densely built urban setting in New York City or a natural forest, lake, or garden that flourishes within the urban setting, there is plenty to do and learn – all you need to do is look up and around and explore.

Martin

Prospect Park Carousel Opening Thursday March 27th

Good spot for a happy video…

The kid with the Happy face in the pic is my son.  He’s having fun no doubt, but trust me, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the carousel as much as he does:)

Enjoy!link

Martin

Prospect Park Carousel Opening Thursday March 27th

Good spot for a happy video…

The kid with the Happy face in the pic is my son. He’s having fun no doubt, but trust me, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the carousel as much as he does:)

Enjoy!
link

Martin

Summer Youth Employment Application Deadline, April 25 2014

I had a few of these while growing up in the Bronx. Some of the SYEP jobs I had included “all things” at the Lehman College Cafeteria and cleaning and grooming the Woodlawn Cemetery. It wasn’t the most glamorous work, even down right creepy sometimes, but I did learn some things and earned a few bucks to boot. It was good to be busy.

Youth must be 14 or older to qualify.

I’ve linked the paper and digital application below. Help me get the word out… Thanks - Martin

online application paper application http://nyycc.org/nyc-summer-youth-employment-program-syep-2014/

NYT Article: Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Is On the Map

10 projects in PLG

A development boom hits a neighborhood once referred to as œBrooklyn€’s best-kept secret.

There are about 10 projects in the works to create luxury rentals or condominiums in the neighborhood, which extends from the park to New York Avenue, perhaps a bit beyond, and from Empire Boulevard roughly to Caton Avenue and Linden Boulevard. In this predominantly African-American and Caribbean-American community of almost 40,000, that amount of development is largely unheard of — at least, it has been in recent decades.