A Little About Us

Our history

In 2017, FoMH’s founders, Pete Eikenberry and Dr. Bonnie Nuzum met with U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velàzquez and her staff to facilitate connections with Marcy Houses resident leaders and community partners. They had been inspired by a presentation delivered by Cecilia Clark, the President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, describing adverse community experiences and statistics which were negatively impacting life outcomes of the youth and families in Marcy Houses, NYCHA development. From these conversations, the idea for Friends of Marcy Houses was formed and a mission statement backed by research based program guidelines were established. A diverse board of directors was assembled.

Friends of Marcy Houses (FoMH) would become the first of kind, nonprofit dedicated to a single community within a NYCHA development, endeavoring to leverage the strengths and untapped potential of its youth and families to make impactful social change collaboratively.

FoMH was incorporated as a not for profit in 2017. Its 501(c)(3) application was approved by the IRS in 2018.

Marcy Houses is a New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) project built in 1949. It has 27 six-story buildings with 1,705 apartments housing 4,200 residents on 28 acres in an isolated area of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. 

Friends of Marcy Houses has set its mission to therefore transform the lives of Marcy Houses youth so that they may flourish in school, build resilience, learn to collaborate, and develop the skills needed to advocate, create better lives for themselves.

Our Mission

Initially we will collaborate with residents of Marcy Houses, the community, educators t and politicians to identify and offer programs to Marcy youth ages 10-14 ( an estimated 380) to enable them to develop skills to profit from middle school.

Our Principles

Our Roots

FoMH programs offer many opportunities for each youth to showcase and exhibit their successes to the community through special events and public programs. Programs are intended to enhance school performance and likelihood of participants graduating from high school.

 

FoMH commits to working with youth through middle school and provide strong support for

high school choice and school transition.

FoMH conceptualizes all of its programs with the principles and standards of Adverse Childhood/Community Experiences (ACEs) research. Programs are designed to counter the effects of poverty on the capacity of youth to learn and exhibit resilience, problem-solving skills, and value collaboration. It is an approach that proven successful can work in other similar communities.

Friends of Marcy Houses
148 Columbia Heights, Garden Apt.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

info@friendsofmarcy.org

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Dominique Bravo

Dominique Bravo was born in Los Angeles to parents from Peru. Dominique is an attorney and advocate for social and racial justice with three decades of counseling and representing community and arts organizations.  

 

Dominique currently serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.  Dominique previously served as General Counsel of the Roosevelt Institute, a think tank and college campus network that seeks to carry forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  She founded and directed Pathways to Apprenticeship, a non-profit workforce development agency that assists low-income people — and in particular, the formerly incarcerated — to access apprenticeship opportunities in the union construction industry. She previously served as General Counsel to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  

 

In addition to her work with Marcy Houses, Dominique also currently serves as pro bono counsel for children seeking asylum with the Safe Passage Project, a non-profit legal clinic.  Dominique also serves as President of the board of American Oversight, a nonpartisan, nonprofit ethics watchdog law firm in Washington D.C., that focuses on litigation involving the Freedom of Information Act. She is also a member of the board of St Ann’s Warehouse, a performing arts institution in Brooklyn, New York.  Dominique is also President and General Counsel of Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, a dance and drumming studio and performance space she co-founded in Brooklyn.  

 

Dominique previously served on a number of other boards of directors for other social service and arts organizations throughout New York City and was a member of Community Board 6 in Brooklyn.  She received her J.D. from Northeastern School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dominique has lived in Brooklyn for the past thirty years, and she and her husband, Eric Sloan, have raised three children in Brooklyn.