Our Programs

FoMH Education Enrichment Institute

Small groups of students will work with adult role models in activities of interest to them. Through these projects, Marcy youth will learn how to profit more fully from their education, strengthening the foundation that underlies learning – problem solving, collaboration,
resilience and coping skills. They will learn to advocate for themselves and the needs of their community, navigate the challenges of middle school, and prepare for a successful transition. to high school that best meets their needs and aspirations. They will be curious and bold and hopeful Programs will target Marcy House residents and with the focus on youth ages 10-14 Their parents or caregivers will be involved in programs.)

Our programs will be based on models demonstrated to ameliorate the known impact of community stress (poverty, crime, neglect) on school performance as documented in research into the effects of Adverse Childhood and Community Environments (ACEs).  The program content will follow guidelines suggested by trauma-informed curricula developed from the work on ACEs.

GARDENING TO GROW AT MARCY

Doing What’s Needed


Participants will work with the Marcy Houses Resident Green Committee under the direction of Daniel Silva, Marcy Houses resident and NextGen Farmer at Square Roots, an urban farming
business located adjacent to Marcy Houses. The gardeners will explore botany, grow from seed, augment the soil, and learn about soil chemistry, plants and insects, gardening, woodworking,
and other topics of their choice. They will develop their basic learning, planning, and project management skills; work alongside senior gardeners who will serve as mentors; beautify the grounds of Marcy Houses; and create a final event for the community. The goals of the program include strengthening community relationships and fostering productive intergenerational
relationships.

MENTORING FOR SUCCESS
Tackling the Issue

Working with the Junior League of Brooklyn participants will engage with trained adults on project-based program to increase knowledge, build resilience and develop coping strategies.
PROJECT CITIZEN W/JUSTICE RESOURCE CENTER
Making a Difference

Sponsored by the Justice Resource Center, licensed teachers will work with small groups of students to identify a community problem and work collaboratively to construct and execute a plan to address the issue. Participants will develop skills in problem-solving and advocacy and action. Through this unique educational enrichment program, participants will learn how local government functions. Students will develop and implement a culminating activity to showcase their public policy. Project Citizen is a program of the Justice Resource Center. It enables participants to develop the knowledge, skills, and disposition to become active participants in their own communities. CAPACITY: 25 students
Speaker Series

FoMH will bring a series of engaging experts to interact with participants, teach them about various fields, and inspire them with new areas of interest.

Computer Lab

FoMH will operate a computer lab, with equipment and software available to participants and family members through educational classes and open hours. The computer instructor will teach coding and robotics. Writing and editing will also be taught.

Art Enrichment

As arts education funding is being cut nationwide, it is increasingly important that our youth have access to quality art instruction, and the time and space to express themselves artistically.  FoMH will bring high quality and interactive art instruction and exploration right to your children.

Future Programs
Doing What’s Needed

Starting in late 2019, FoMH will begin to offer programs for 2020 focusing on photojournalism, movie reviews, and gaming, as well as a ping pong tournament and regular classes at the Computer Lab, and summer camp in summer 2020.
Music Lessons with Musical Mentors Collaborative.

Musical Mentors Collaborative provides free online music lessons to students in need.  MMC is partnering with Friends of Marcy Houses to provide lessons to Marcy residents.  Click here to apply, and make sure to mention that you were referred by Friends of Marcy Houses.

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.