Citizens Committee for New York City was founded to help New Yorkers and improve the quality of life, especially in low-income areas, one neighborhood at a time.
We are proud to report that the generous donations by members of New Yorkâs advertising, media and entertainment communities are helping make neighborhoods greener, friendlier and more resilient.
Here is the list of projects and groups that have been funded by the JAR Foundation this year:
Evergreen Lots, Bushwick, Brooklyn: Developing a brand new community garden in Bushwick that will collect and distribute compost. The group is engaging new and existing residents in an inter-generational project.
Beach 41 Street Tenant Association, Far Rockaway, Queens: This interactive Youth Forum is discussing and formulating a plan on how to reduce violence in the community. The Youth Forum allows participants to share knowledge on how to deal with daily circumstances to prevent violence. At the end of the forum, participants will appoint youth leaders to work with other community leaders to address violence in their neighborhoods.
Street Corner Resources, Central Harlem, Manhattan: ‘I Am Peace’ is a bi-monthly outdoor open mic forum that engages youth in speaking out against gang violence. Harlem is grappling with high homicide rates related to gangs and this open mic offers a safe space for youth to express themselves and feel supported by like-minded peers.
Guns Down, Crown Heights/Canarsie/East Flatbush, Brooklyn: This youth program for ages 12 to 24 highlights the negative consequences of criminal activity and gun violence. At-risk youth participants will take part in a variety of workshops and field trips in an effort to reduce senseless violence in their community. Participants will visit families of victims of gun violence, hold discussions with ex-convicts, and learn about alternative choices to gun violence.
Community Neighborhood Network Block Association CNNBA, Highbridge/Kingsbridge/Melrose, Bronx: This group is organizing a series of street and outdoor workshops in neighborhoods where there is no safe outdoor play area. This initiative will provide a safe space for children to play, learn, and socialize. Outdoor workshops will focus on healthy eating and living, exercise, games, arts and crafts, and literacy.
Council of Immigrants Rights, East New York, Brooklyn; Ozone Park, Queens: JAR donations are going towards initiating a community patrol in order to create a safer neighborhood. The patrol is made up of volunteers who will note and report violent crimes or conditions conducive to crime. The group is partnering with the local police precinct to educate residents about safety issues in the community.
Bronx Park East Community Association, Allerton/Pelham Parkway, Bronx: This two month-long summer program will engage youth in productive activities around a variety of themes. Participants will take part in interactive workshops on anti-violence, health and fitness, and art. Local youth are also coming together to design and paint a mural throughout the summer program.
200 Monroe Street Block Association, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn: The group is hosting their 2nd Annual block clean up day. Money will support the beautification of the neighborhood, including adding mulch to tree beds and painting over graffiti on planters.
Advocates for Children, Families of Tomorrow, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn: This organization involves several community recovery centers to address drug abuse issues. Motivational recovery speakers will share their recovery journeys with participants to reduce drug use and inspire those suffering with addiction to get sober and live healthier lives.
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