2019 Resource Fair Organizations + Info

Resource Fair Organizations

Organization Information

Presenters

Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office

Brooklyn North Borough Office supports 255 schools, composed of elementary, secondary, transfer schools and YABCs. Our staff covers all areas of support for schools. Our core value is to support schools to ensure that each and every student has the ability to graduate and be prepared for college and career. We are focused on creating long-lasting relationships and building trust with our principals, superintendents, school staff and community stakeholders.

Ross Jandrew · Tzongjin Lee · Ajani Patterson · Makai Ward

Broolyn North BSAC & College Access for All

College Access for All is an organization focused on increasing the number of students attending college in New York. Our organization is rooted in providing students the necessary resources to be prepared for college during high school and be prepared for the college application process. From increasing SAT prep to creating a financial aid awareness month, College Access for All is rooted in the goal of expanding college and career readiness throughout NYC schools. The Borough Student Advisory Council is centered on youth leadership and allowing young people to utilize their voice to create change in the New York education system. BSAC allows students to focus on addressing issues they believe are important, such as communication and engagement, school food, college readiness, etc.

Denva Nesbeth, Jr. · Farzana Pritte · Carline Boston · Chelsea Warren

City-As-School

City-As-School is a public alternative transfer high school in the West Village. All of our students are ages 16-22 and have attended high school at at least one other school before ours. We work on an internship model in which our students earn credits by engaging in real world work experiences outside the classroom in addition to topical, project-based courses designed by educators.

Luis Hernandez · Josefa Fernandez · Amy Greco · Tomiko Abreu

School for Classics HS Student Government As a leadership component of the School for Classics community, our Student Government is dedicated to educating and uplifting our fellow students in the areas of restorative justice, community service and having a voice. Our goal is to make students aware of issues that affect them directly and brainstorm plans to effectively change them.

Sophia Dominique · Liz Wassaff · Najay Whatley · Ivory Ellison

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School Peer Mediators

At Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, our way of addressing problems, disciplinary issues, and violations of our community norms is to talk it out. We use Restorative Justice Practices (RJ) to develop our community and to manage conflict by repairing harm and restoring relationships. RJ is not a replacement for suspensions but does aim to decrease suspension rates and lower incidents of harm/conflict. With RJ, our goal is to create a healthy, equitable, caring school community by preventing and addressing behavioral disruption in a non-punitive way that supports accountability and enables healing. Our trained peer mediators are RJ leaders in the school who help to facilitate Circles and peacefully resolve conflicts.

Jadalise Cruz · Angie Vasquez · Carol Intriago · Jossiel Falfan · Julie Lishansky

IntegrateNYC Inc

IntegrateNYC develops youth leaders who repair the harms of segregation and build authentic integration and equity.

We believe in the power of young people to lead today and shape the future. We have several elements to our program that are intended to support students in developing their personal, professional, and civic leadership skills.

Julisa Perez

KAVI Brooklyn

Our organization is grounded in the belief that violence is a public health issue. In order to decrease violence in the Central Brooklyn area, we focus on preventative strategies in schools, the community, and Kings County Hospital. KAVI's work with young people focus on our firm belief that "Only when ALL youth are treated with compassion and given opportunities to thrive, can we ensure that all communities are vibrant and successful.

Olave Sebastien · Mykhal Benjamin · Nana Samake

Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TAC-D)

The Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TAC-D) project, formerly known as Chapter 405, at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center), is contracted through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education to develop, implement, and assess a process of providing comprehensive technical assistance and professional development trainings to New York State school districts that are addressing issues of disproportionality.

Briana Santiago Ravdin · Emily Jones · Reed Swier · Jaspreet Kaur · David Lopez

NYCEDU

We are an intergenerational collective of New Yorkers working together to equip ALL of New York City’s young people with the skills, resources, and community supports they need to flourish as happy, healthy, and impactful citizens of the world.

We do this by powering the 7Cs of Collective Impact, where systems change is:

- Community-led, particularly by our young people most impacted by inequity

- Comprehensive, recognizing the interdependence of systems, institutions, people, history, and context

- Co-creative, with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives working together

- Equity-centered, unrelenting in our pursuit of a world where social, economic, and political outcomes are not based upon a person’s identity

- Human-centered, valuing not just metrics and numbers, but dignity, respect, and belonging

- Well-capitalized, investing generously in community-led change

- Courageous, where we dare to be vulnerable, take risks, and act.

We invite young people and adult allies to join us in weaving community, uncovering opportunities to interrupt systemic inequity, cultivating solutions, developing leaders, and accomplishing systems change that transforms outcomes for young people who transform outcomes for our world."

Deborah Chang · Rachel Kate Miller

Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Lake County Public Schools

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for educational equity, racial justice, immigrant rights and quality healthcare for all. Jóvenes Unidos, the youth initiative of Padres Unidos, emerged as young people became active in reforming their schools, ending the school to jail track and organizing for immigrant student rights. Both Padres and Jóvenes Unidos build power to challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as developing effective strategies to realize meaningful change.

Patricia Galaviz · Pablo Mascarenas · Ruth Velasquez · Edgar Tarango · Rob Duren

Project Reach Youth (SAFE)

Project SAFE seeks to empower an inclusive network of individuals and communities that build upon the existing strengths of young people to increase their access to culturally appropriate information and services concerning their sexual health.

Brianna Patterson · Tiyesha · Leonard Lao · Monete Bennett · Lauren Jones

R!SE

R!se is a nonprofit organization founded by students for students. At R!se we work to empower students in underserved schools and communities through creative writing. This outlet promotes healthy coping mechanisms and the search for self love while simultaneously functioning as an academic activity. An empowered student who knows they deserve better will fight for better, and R!se is here to support students along the way.

Sanaa Gill · Joseph Shannon · Jasmine Tarley · Mars Estudillo · Demiana Rizkalla

South Bronx Community Charter HS

South Bronx Community Charter High School promotes student excellence through an emphasis on academic, personal and professional skills in a supportive and responsive learning environment. SBC students graduate with a positive sense of self, ready to design and realize their futures in college, community and career.

Robert Gulya · Abigail Verley · Taylour Lewis · Brandon Corley

Teens Resist Teens Resist is a website and resource center that aims to make activism and political involvement accessible to teens and all people. We publish resources that explain topics in the news and offer ways for youth to take tangible action on their opinions. In our in-person workshops, we train youth on how to write scripts for calling representatives and how to navigate their relationship with those reps.

Sonia Chajet Wides · Kate Griem

Teens Take Charge Teens Take Charge is a student-led organization that advocates for educational equity in New York City. We are dedicated to elevating student voice in the public school system. We are currently going through our campaign, #IntegrateNOW, which focuses on having the mayor approve of an integration plan that Teens Take Charge developed on January 2018 to racially, socioeconomically, and academically integrate New York City’s 480 public high schools. In 2014, UCLA came out with a study that confirmed that New York State has the most segregated public school system in the country. We want to change that with our city. For this campaign, we have already sat with the Department of Education various times to go over our Enrollment Equity Plan to integrate our high schools. However, seeing that there wasn’t much progress, we took the step to give our Department of Education and the Mayor the chance to sit down with us to discuss an enrollment plan that can be implemented for the next school year. This discussion takes place on May 17th with the first Deputy Mayor and the Chancellor and his cabinet. This is one out of 2 events for this campaign.

Sokhnadiarra Ndiaye

Trellis

Trellis is a community development non-profit building collaborations that address neighborhood injustice

Zac Martin · Sincere Lesane · Anaya Lino-Suazo

UASPA

At Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts we strive to infuse the Arts as a means of expression. This year we introduced Restorative Practices into our current focus and through the work of our RJ Coordinator, we began to community building circles in advisory.

Danielle Cooley

Youth Communication

Youth Communication provides powerful, teen-written stories and professional development to help educators and youth workers engage struggling youth. Our literacy-rich training model helps teachers, after-school workers, counselors, and other professionals to connect with the teens they serve and build their social and emotional learning skills.Our stories, developed in a rigorous writing program, are uniquely compelling to youth whose voices are missing from mainstream content. The stories model social and emotional learning, and show teens how to make positive changes in their lives. They also motivate teens to read and write.

Betsy Cohen · Elena Autin-Hefner

NYC Department of Probation

The New York City Department of Probation (DOP) helps build stronger and safer communities by working with and supervising people on probation, fostering positive change in their decision-making and behavior, and expanding opportunities for them to move out of the criminal and juvenile justice systems through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement and civic participation.

Kenya M. Lee · Tiffany V. Williams

Youth Restorative Justice Team (YRJ): The YRJ team is a group of high school students from across New York City. We discuss restorative practices and share best practices to implement them in schools. We develop leadership skills, create workshops, build community, and support each other to create better environments in schools across the city. Our goal is to support schools in building strong community and to view discipline as an opportunity for learning. The YRJ Team works to empower youth by elevating their voices in addressing disproportionality and inequity in schools through authentic youth-adult collaboration. The program is designed to support students in developing their leadership capacity in Restorative and Transformative Justice work.

Keanna Klass · Emily Tellado · Khaleil Young · Utku Karademir · Kenny Baez · Raul Chacon · Amil Peterson


Youth-TACD: The Youth Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (YTAC-D) was created to recognize the importance of having youth at the table to do important work in disrupting educational disparities. Through a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) framework, students from all 5-boroughs take the lead in their own liberation and interrogate their positionality within dominant structures. YTAC-D’s aim is to inform practitioners of how youth experience disproportionality in hopes to creating a more equitable schooling experience for all students.

Johanni Nedd · Savio Stephen · Ernesto Bosi · Aaron Fonseca · Titilayo Aluko · Ashantie Johnson · Monique Autumn Carter