BROOKLYN, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Critical issues facing at-risk youth in Brooklyn's low-income neighborhoods will be examined at Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) Youth Action Summit: Voices for the Future of Brooklyn, a panel discussion and youth action resource hub, with keynote speaker and moderator C. Nicole Mason, PhD, on February 28 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. It is free to the public.
Mason, Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, is a policy expert and justice advocate, based in Washington, DC and Brooklyn, who penned Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America. She's been featured in The Nation, USA Today, ESSENCE, New York Times, NPR and others.
At the BCS Youth Action Summit, panelists will examine urgent issues in education, immigration, job readiness, police community relations, crime, self-esteem and other pressing problems affecting Brooklyn's at-risk youth. Panelists include: Bill Chong, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development; Aber Kawas, Youth Lead Organizer of the Arab American Association of New York; Kaberi Banerjee Murthy, Vice President of Programs at Brooklyn Community Foundation; Dana Edell, PhD, Executive Director of SPARK Movement and Marlon Peterson, a national social and criminal justice advocate and educator who spent 10 years in New York State prisons.
The Youth Action Summit resource hub will feature over 20 Brooklyn youth-based nonprofits providing information on networking, volunteer and mentorship opportunities. These include: Usher's New Look, St. Nicks Alliance, Chinese-American Planning Council Inc., PAL Brownsville Beacon, CAMBA, Made in Brownsville, Children of Promise, NYC, DIGITAL GIRL INC, Per Scholas, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, 826NYC, Housing Works, Repair the World NYC, Reading Partners, viBe Theater Experience and Crown Heights Community Mediation Center.
For 150 years, BCS has been committed to providing resources, tools and support to help low-income youth in Brooklyn reach their personal goals. BCS serves over 2,000 young people through after school programs, youth development and a transfer high school.
For more information on the BCS Youth Action Summit, contact wearebcs.org/youth-summit. Join BCS on FACEBOOK or on Twitter and Instagram at @wearebcs.
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