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Brooklyn Youth Enrichment has been working to provide quality arts and educational programming after-school, on weekends and during summer months along with its major Christmas giving event to children and teens for 20 years. The programs and activities developed by Brooklyn Youth Enrichment have generated such demand that a separate facility is needed to meet the needs of the 1,000-plus children and teens who have already participated in a variety of Brooklyn Youth Enrichment’s programs.


A facility would allow Brooklyn Youth Enrichment to increase its effectiveness by offering its programs on a daily basis and providing the communities’ youth with a reliable and safe environment to which they could retreat after school, evenings and on weekends. Funding would also be used to develop a technology center, a learning center, an arts and crafts center and a recreation center on site. While a number of corporations and local companies have already provided written confirmation of their commitment to donate materials, such as art supplies, computer equipment and furniture, those generous offers cannot be fulfilled until the funding required to establish a facility is obtained.
Project Description. Brooklyn Youth Enrichment seeks to expand the scope of its services by establishing a facility at which children and teens could participate in activities that suit their individual needs, including academic enhancement, literacy building, cultural and artistic activities, group therapy, technical training and leadership development. Brooklyn Youth Enrichment currently partners with local agencies to deliver art therapy, cultural-arts education and homework help to local at-risk youth. One of the main goals to be accomplished with the establishment of a permanent location would be the expansion of Brooklyn Youth Enrichment’s services to incorporate technology training and technical-art therapy through the technology center that would be housed at the facility.

 

Brooklyn Youth Enrichment is requesting your help to raise the $90,000 required to lease a facility and to finance access to and enlargement of our programs and to specifically serve additional disadvantaged youth who may wish to enroll. The proposed arts and educational enhancement facility would house a two art studios, an arts & literacy library, a ground-floor gallery and a small theatre, bringing together mature artists and youth for collaborative productions. At this time, the main goal of Brooklyn Youth Enrichment is to establish a safe place where children and teens can participate in challenging and interesting activities that suit their individual needs, including academic guidance, art therapy, cultural and artistic activities, technical training and leadership development, by obtaining a facility in which these programs and activities can develop. Currently, the programs and activities developed by Brooklyn Youth Enrichment have been held at the church location or in other donated community spaces in cooperation with a wide variety of established agencies. Our program has generated such demand that a separate facility is needed to meet the needs of the 1,000-plus children, teens and parents who have already participated in a variety of BYE’s programs. The physical setting to be developed would be warm, well-illuminated and tastefully decorated, offering members an atmosphere conducive to creative expression. A facility would allow Brooklyn Youth Enrichment to increase its effectiveness by offering its programs on a daily basis and providing the community’s youth with a reliable and safe environment to which they could retreat after school, in the evening and on weekends. A facility would also afford BYE the ability to expand the scope of its programs through development of a technology center, a learning center, an arts and crafts center and even a recreation center. A number of corporations and local companies, including Raymour and Flanigan, Cabot Cheese and other businesses have already provided written confirmation of their commitment to donate materials, such as art supplies, computer equipment and furniture to us as soon as the funding that is required to establish a facility can be obtained. Moreover, well-known actors, politicians, musicians and artists have pledged their support. Brooklyn Youth Enrichment would house its art studio in a central location, conveniently accessible for students from the five boroughs. The location would bring us high visibility and allow easy access to, high schools, junior-high schools and public and private elementary schools, from which we would draw most of the children we would serve. Nearly five million school-age children in America spend time without adult supervision during the week, and the majority of those children come from low-income neighborhoods where after-school resources are few and far-between. Child abuse, teen pregnancy, addiction and violence are growing. While the risk is not limited to the poor, those who live in poverty are in greater danger of physical, emotional and educational neglect. Children of every economic, social and racial group are growing up without confidence, family security or quality education. Youngsters must struggle to find adult models to help them develop into the innovators, healers, teachers, leaders, parents and neighbors they deserve to be. Parents, children, employers and taxpayers can equally feel the impact of a lack of high-quality after-school care. The challenge of finding high-quality care for the young can leave parents feeling overwhelmed, broke and distracted. Employers also experience the impact of employees who must work multiple jobs to make ends meet or who may simply be distracted during the after-school hours by worry about their children. Everyone in society feels the impact of violent crime in his or her community and the increased costs of rehabilitating troubled youth. Jailing one young adult for a year costs the taxpayers as much as $75,000 a year. Our children are growing up in a society that offers little opportunity for valuable interaction and develop-mental growth. Our proposed center would offer disadvantaged youth a means of interacting with peers and authority figures in a meaningful and productive atmosphere and provide them with an opportunity to develop valuable communication and vocational skills. 

Upon request, a person may obtain from Brooklyn Youth Enrichment, a copy of the last financial report BYE filed with the attorney general. Donors may request additional information from BYE at 1206 Bergen Street, Suite C-5G, Brooklyn, NY 11213, or email: morrisfrazier@gmail.com. Donors may also request information from the Attorney General's Office, The Capitol Albany, NY 12224-0341 or email: Complaints@ag.ny.gov. BYE will use donated funds to support programs described herein on web pages, About Us, and Projects. We will expend funds raised for the programs described.

 

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1206 Bergen Street #C5G, Brooklyn NY 11213