Parks and Environment
Project: Diaper Changing Stations for Parks & Playgrounds
Location: Nine locations around the district
Description: Many of the public bathrooms in District 39’s parks and playgrounds are lacking diaper changing stations. Installing these in public bathrooms of all genders would provide safer and more sanitary diaper changing experience for the children and caregivers of District 39.
Project: Trash Bins for Clean Streets
Description: Litter is becoming an increasingly rampant problem in our community’s public spaces, particularly in areas with high pedestrian traffic. Installation of high-volume trash bins will significantly decrease waste overflow and increase the amount of garbage that can be collected in a single receptacle, while reducing local rat and pest populations.
Project: Garden Train Tool Lending Depot at Old Stone House
Location: Old Stone House, 336 3rd St.
Description: A tool lending “library” led by Garden Train, the D15 School Gardens Consortium, and housed at Old Stone House for use by District 15’s School Gardens.
Project: Strengthen D15 Middle School Choice Process
Location: All 11 District 15 Middle Schools
Description: The video project will support the District 15 Diversity Plan that is underway to create more integrated and inclusive schools. The videos will provide an alternative to in-person school tours, particularly for parents whose ability to access school information has been limited. Funding will be used to create multi-language videos for virtual tours of the 11 D15 public middle schools. The videos will capture the emotional spirit of the schools to give a feel for the community, philosophy, and human elements, beyond the published information such as staff diversity, course and extra-curricular offerings, test scores, student body size, etc.
Arts, Culture, & Community Facilities
Project: Young Adult Space at Pacific Library
Location: Pacific Library, 25 4th Ave
Description: BPL wants to attract more Young Adults; this project will make the Pacific Branch welcoming to the growing number of teens here. It will be a collaborative space with young adults sitting comfortably, relaxing on the chairs/floor, charging devices & researching on laptops. The relaxed seating and side tables will allow the existing space to hold more people.
Project: Train Spanish-Speaking Teens to be Educators
Location: One World Project, Windsor Terrace
Description: The goal of this proposal is to expand the pilot “Counselor-in-Training” program at One World Project (OWP), a school and community center in Windsor Terrace. The program is designed as a leadership, life skills, and community-building opportunity for Spanish-speaking adolescents ages 11 to 17 years old. Adolescent counselors will learn about social and emotional development, positive discipline, open-ended art, mediation, and teaching in a Spanish-immersion classroom environment. The expansion will allow the program to triple in size to admit a total of 9 counselors and provide 6 weeks of wages to participants older than 14 years old
Project: Repairs for Community-Based Housing Organization
Location: Brooklyn Housing & Family Services
Description: Brooklyn Housing and Family Services is a non profit organization that serves both tenants and homeowners in all of Brooklyn. Their office, where they see clients and which serves as a community/neighborhood office for Kensington, has not been renovated or updated since 1992 and is in need to some basic repairs and supplies to make it more presentable. There have been times when staff have been unable to use the office space due to leaks and have been unable to meet with clients to provide them with assistance. These repairs are essential for them to be able to continue to provide the community with high quality services as they have done for the last 40 years. They hope to be able to provide workshops for local tenants and homeowners with their updated space and want to create a welcoming environment for the community.
Project: Livestream Equipment for Activists
Location: Interference Archive
Description: Interference Archive invites all members of our community to critically and creatively engage with the rich history of social movements. They host an open stacks archival collection, a study center, and public programs including exhibitions, workshops, talks and screenings. Interference Archive is interested to expand their reach into the community through live streaming. Audio-visual equipment is needed to improve the quality of ongoing public events and podcasts. This equipment will be accessible to any community member to support work aligned with Interference Archive’s mission.
Project: Bilingual Mental Health First Aid Training
Description: In collaboration with community leaders and community-based organizations, Muslims Thrive would provide a series of culturally-competent programming tailored for the families of Kensington. Starting with a mapping of needs through focus groups done with local community members, a series of events will be hosted with the purpose of empowering people with the information, support and skills needed to address the mental health challenges that Kensington families are having. Throughout this series, there will be Mental Health First Aid trainings led by bilingual and bicultural facilitators that are also culturally responsive to the Bangladeshi community. These 8-hour certification courses, provided by ThriveNYC and Muslims Thrive, provide people with a better understanding of common mental health issues and their own capacity to help through the use of empathetic and compassionate strategies.
Project: Sewing Circles for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Description: 5 sessions led by counselors and facilitators who are trained in trauma informed therapy will help to lead and guide classes to create space for individuals in the community come and heal. Through community programming, these different healing circles will help individuals in Kensington, and the Bangladeshi community in particular heal from any particular traumas they are facing. The 5 different outreach sessions will ensure anyone from the community can come and participate in sewing circles, storytelling sessions, and other forms of community programming with counselors who are specialized in handling different training. These five different sessions will make sure a particular community has a space to heal while participating in trauma informed art therapies. By having dedicated community sessions to help different community members come and heal through different forms of art, including knitting, sewing, painting and more these community programs can provide a venue for everyone in the community to come and heal and have access to counseling, especially for anyone is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.