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  • I view the effort as kind of going to the "big leagues".

    Through SOS, CCI was able to prove it can engage high risk individuals in a pretty violent area (Eastern Crown Heights). Now, it has been awarded a similar contract for an even more violent area: Brownsville.

    A while ago, CCI received funding to begin a program in Harlem, but with city (not federal) funds.

    ...While all money is good, Federal funds tend to last longer than City funds.

  • A new program for Brownsville school age females involved in the criminal justice system:

    Bklyn DA Hynes Adds

    New "Back on Track" Program

    Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced a new six-week program that will take place at his Back on Track center in Brownsville. FEMCHO is a health and educational program for girls, created in 2010 by Tina de Lemps, which helps boost body image and self-respect while maintaining physical fitness. FEMCHO will work with girls at the District Attorney's school program ReStart Academy at Back on Track.

    FEMCHO's core principles are Feminine, Energetic, Mindful, Cool, Healthy, and Original. It is a program designed to develop health and confidence for girls, teens and women. FEMCHO will offer their six-week session at their Back on Track location, starting on January 8. This special version of FEMCHO, called Girls at Risk, is based on the core principles of Foundation, Education, Mentoring, Challenges, Hopefulness, and Opportunity.

    "We are always looking for innovative ways to help our youth move forward, away from a life of crime," said Hynes. "It is important to reach these young girls at an early age. By providing them with a strong foundation, focusing on education and mentorship, these girls realize that they are not alone and learn how to cope. I am proud to collaborate with FEMCHO on such an influential program.”

    Tina de Lemps, Founder of FEMCHO said, "As I've worked with women, I began to notice that in spite of the enormous opportunities and options available to women today, they suffered from the same or worse self-esteem and body issues than I did 50 years ago. I believe that our program will be meaningful to the Project ReStart participants and I hope that the program will have a positive impact on their lives in some way. By the end of the program, the girls will learn how to overcome challenges and they will have the tools that they did not realize they had.”

    As part of the six-week session, the participants will dance, move and engage in fitness while discussing topics important to today's youth. Each week a facilitator will lead the girls through a particular aspect of the FEMCHO program, one of their core words. The facilitators will help to engage the girls in "Girl Talk”. The focus of the program will be helping the girls create the "best version of you”, asking them how can you be/do your best?

    Some of the activities during these sessions can include t-shirt making, poster making, or original choreography. Every class ends with each participant extending a compliment to one another.

    Back on Track is a juvenile justice initiative aimed at steering at-risk young people away from criminal activity. The program provides the help the wayward teens need to stay off the streets, stay out of jail and get Back On Track. It serves as a one-stop shop for Brownsville residents, ages seven to 21, who are chronically truant, involved with the criminal justice system, or considered at risk for dropping out of school. A full-time social worker works with the participants and their families to make sure they get the assistance they need. Services offered include parenting workshops, GED classes, computer and office skills training, vocational assistance, CDL and drivers' education, adult and continuing education, ESL, and access to medical, dental, and mental health services, and substance abuse treatment.

    ReStart Academy is the educational component of Back on Track, for students ages 13 to 16, who are in need of a school setting that encourages and enhances attendance and the quality of education for youth. These students have been truant and have been held back one or more times. The program provides assistance to help the students successfully pass their middle school exam, so they can qualify to enroll in high school. Services include full-time social workers, guidance counselors and mentors, who are available daily to assist students to overcome those personal issues that may impede their learning.

    http://www.nynp.biz/index.php/breaking-news/13355-bklyn-da-hynes-adds-new-qback-on-trackq-program-.html

  • This article states Brownsville is merely the 3rd worst place to be a kid in NYC:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/kids-struggling-bx-bklyn-article-1.1261803

  • When you have complete breakdown in community, people tend to stay in their homes:

    -They are afraid of the crime, and plagued by all the problems that go hand in hand with poverty (drug use, diabetes, obesity, mental illness).

    This, of course, simply makes the situation for crime to replicate itself. ...those engaged in criminal activity tend not to be afraid of criminals, so they rule the streets and hallways.

    When too many people die and are injured by violence, the circumstances sometimes become "right". By this, I mean that the police are forced (or depending upon your perspective "finally given the resources and the go ahead by those in charge") to take action.

    Given the obstacles faced in areas such as Brownsville, such actions create gains that are often temporary in nature. As a result, many people view the efforts as being futile and/or being too fraught with political risks.

    In my view, a combination of "right circumstances" have led police to be very assertive over the two years, and contributed toward progress on street violence and crime.

    Here's a video put out by a partnership of the various non-profits and gov agencies that are trying to figure out what to do in an area that has so many entrenched, generational social problems.

    Their present strategy is:

    Step 1: Get people to leave their homes, so the gains from all of the resources and efforts put in place by law enforcement over the last year are not quickly lost.


  • those engaged in criminal activity tend not to be afraid of criminals, so they rule the streets and hallways

    The best deterrent to crime is the presence of police walking the beat. True, it may not be the most pleasant experience for the cops as it tends to be tiring. In fact, that's why cops were called "flat foot" or "gumshoes". But it does benefit society by keeping the hoods from making themselves visible.

    In the 20 years that I lived in East New York (a portion of which is now said to be part of Brownsville), I well recall how police where no where to be found when trouble took place. One day a hood committed a crime and was cornered by several people. A woman made a frantic call to the cops. Nobody came. She made another call. Nobody came. Then she got wise, made a third call and said a cop had been injured. In only about a minute 10 police cars appeared with the cops having their guns drawn. The lady lied because she knew it was the only way to get the cops to the scene. Thankfully nobody was injured and the hood was taken away.

    By contrast, I worked in Manhattan's down town area. Every where you went there were cops in every corner. Often they would be in groups chatting away about anything and everything under the sun. I often wondered, why the hell are they here when they should be patrolling the streets of ENY and Brownsville?? A friend of mine who was a cop said that while I was rightfully angry at this unjust employment of the police, they were only following orders. Therefore, the politicians should insure that police resources are properly distributed. Indeed, I don't blame the cops for their absence on the streets of Brooklyn. It is the pols who need to see to it that the communities get their share of protection and resources.

    Put the cops back on the beat - that will significantly reduce the crime problem.

  • 1. Policing downtown Manhattan has few political risks.

    2. The FAILURE to police downtown Manhattan has great political risk.

    Only under the right circumstances is EITHER statement true for Brownsville and ENY.

  • This article doesn't say that the police are using the initiatives described more as a result of the increased scrutiny on juvenille stop and frisk, but they report they are quite successful in modifying behavior:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/04/nyregion/to-stem-juvenile-robberies-police-trail-youths-before-the-crime.html?pagewanted=all

  • 1. Policing downtown Manhattan has few political risks.

    2. The FAILURE to police downtown Manhattan has great political risk.

    Only under the right circumstances is EITHER statement true for Brownsville and ENY.

    Right you are. Cops kiss up to the politicians and the public be damned, sad to say.

  • Today, an article was published that depicts a few residents of NYCHA.

    http://narrative.ly/hanging-in-there/life-in-public-housing/

    I post it here because usually only the crime in these places makes the news. A complex picture of the lives of the residents rarely makes it into the dialogue.

  • Great article - thanx for sharing.

  • Geographically, this shooting between young gang members took place in a different part of Brooklyn:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/nyregion/four-teenagers-shot-one-fatally-at-housing-complex.html?ref=nyregion&_r=0

    Socio-economically, it seems identical.

    Clearly, this is not about geography...

  • Likewise, this article about gang violence (and preventing it) in LA is quite relevant to the struggles and efforts here in Brooklyn. It is also a good read....

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/magazine/what-does-it-take-to-stop-crips-and-bloods-from-killing-each-other.html?ref=magazine&_r=0

  • One way to improve your neighborhood is to improve how it is depicted. This causes people to do business there and leave their homes, which in turn causes them to "own the streets" as opposed to cower in fear inside.

    Here's a grassroots effort that is taking place on Pitkin Avenue, in Brownsville. In prior years, most of these businesses would have been closed on Halloween out of fear of crime:


  • edited December 2013

    In this article the police discuss a gang known as Addicted To Cash, and credit themselves with reducing the teenage murder rate:

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/pr/pr_2013_11_25_operation_crew_cuts_homicide_among_youth_in_half.shtml

    It would not surprise me if lots of other factors deserved credit for the decline as well as the work of the NYPD.

  • Addicted To Cash remains active:"The earlier shooting, outside a party in Brownsville on Dec. 31, left five male teenagers with gunshot wounds to their legs and feet, the police said. Detectives believe three of the victims in that shooting — two 16-year-olds and an 18-year-old — were associates of a crew, Addicted to Cash, that has been the target of multiple police investigations and an extensive gang takedown. “That was a gang rivalry,” Mr. Herbert said. No arrests have been made, the police said."http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/nyregion/16-year-old-is-fatally-shot-on-his-way-home-from-a-party-in-brownsville.html?from=nyregion
  • A story in a picture?
  • This week, the Wave Gang and The Hoodstarz made NY Mag:

    http://nymag.com/news/features/brownsville-2014-6/#

    I do wonder what goes thru the minds of the "average" reader of NY Mag when they read the above piece.

    ...is it like reading about a completely foreign land?
  • Let us not forget, these young people live in Brownsville too;

    http://issuu.com/thescoremagazine/docs/the_score_issue3?e=6915015/8367955