Community Enrichment Project

YAInc. assumes a holistic approach to youth and community development by simultaneously supporting the growth of strong intergenerational social networks in underserved communities. In 2011, YAI launched the Community Enrichment Project (CEP) as a vehicle for collaborating with other Brooklyn-based organizations (non-profits, schools, colleges, and small businesses) to produce a year-round calendar of family-friendly educational, social and recreational events. Through the CEP, YAInc. serves over 6,500 Brooklyn youth, adults and seniors annually. The following are a small sample of CEP activities administered by YAInc. throughout the year.

FALL

Parent Empowerment Series
At the start of each school year, YAInc. hosts a free Parent Empowerment Seminar at Medgar Evers College. Seminar presenters provide parents of high school students with valuable college enrollment information, as well as free educational supplies. The Seminar draws over 300 parents and their children.

 
Youth America assumes a holistic approach to youth development by simultaneously supporting the growth of strong intergenerational social networks in underserved communities.

  

Thanksgiving Gospel Concert
Held at the Brooklyn College Performing Arts Center, the Thanksgiving Concert features local gospel and praise performance groups, and draws over 1000 families as well as residents of local senior citizens’s homes. For the majority of families in attendance, the concert is one of few opportunities for free family- and community-oriented entertainment during the holiday season.

  

Christmas Karaoke Toy Drive
Held at Two Steps Down restaurant in Brooklyn, YAInc.’s annual Toy Drive combines a fun night of karaoke performances with a toy collection drive. The event typically brings in over 500 holiday gifts, that are then donated to children at Brooklyn homeless shelters and at the Kings County Hospital.

  

SPRING

Youth Talent Show
Held at Brooklyn College Performing Arts Center, the annual YAInc. Youth Talent Show provides participating middle and high school students with a formal venue for showcasing their dance, music, and spoken word talents before 800 of their family, friends, peers, and community leaders.

  

Community Job Fair
Held at Brooklyn Middle School 375 at the start of the summer, the annual YAInc. Community Job Fair is a workforce development initiative that brings together community residents seeking employment with business representatives and potential employers. The Fair also provides young people with an introduction to the job market and guidance around how to prepare their resume and present themselves for interviews. The Job Fair features approximately 40 employers and regularly draws 400 community residents.

  

SUMMER

Movie Nights
During the summer months, Youth America hosts three outdoor summer movie events in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Each event typically draws over 200 parents and children, all of whom are treated to complementary popcorn and refreshments as well as face painting activities.

  

  

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