Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shooting Response Thursday, March 1st - 4 PM @ 1414 Bergen Street

We are saddened to inform you that there was a shooting in the S.O.S. catchment area on Sunday, February 26th. Please join us for a shooting response, Thursday, March 1st at 4 PM at 1414 Bergen Street, between Albany and Troy.

We respond to every shooting that occurs in the S.O.S. target area  to ensure that these tragedies do not pass unremarked as though they are normal and acceptable, and to create a safe space on our streets, at the site of the shooting, where neighborhood residents can raise their voices in protest.

Please join us.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Internship opportunity

CHCMC is looking for a "Digital Resource Directory" intern to help us update our Resource Directory and put it online in an editable format. Please see here for a full job description.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to with "digital resource directory intern" in the subject line. We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible.

Do you need tax assistance?
Visit the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center on select Sundays (see below) between 10am-2pm for FREE assistance. Available only to low-income individuals ($25,000/year) and families ($60,000/year). No appointment needed. Call (718) 287-1142 for more information. See flyer below for alternate locations and dates.

CHCMC will be open for tax assistance on the following dates:
February 12th
March 4th, March 18th
April 1st, April 15th, April 29th 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Deadline for Men's Empowerment Coordinator Position Extended to February 29th, 2012

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center (CHCMC), a project of the Center for Court Innovation,  is starting a new program to create better access to traditional victim serving agencies and develop on-site victim programming for young men of color who are experiencing community violence.

CHCMC seeks a Men’s Empowerment Coordinator to help create better access to traditional victim service agencies and develop on-site victim programming for young men of color who are experiencing community violence (“hidden victims”). The role of the Coordinator will be to deliver services to young men of color who have experienced violent trauma. By combining supportive services with awareness-raising among existing victim service providers about the needs of this population, the Coordinator will be able to improve the response to these unrecognized victims. The Coordinator will also assist the S.O.S. Crown Heights program in creating best practices and a national model for violence interrupter projects and victim service providers working with these “hidden victims.”
The Men’s Empowerment Coordinator will work on-site at the Crown Heights Mediation Center. Every effort will be made to hire a Coordinator who is familiar with the needs of the young men involved in the community. Professional or personal experience with the criminal justice system is preferred.
Email you cover letter and resume to: enter “Men’s Empowerment Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for the position of Men's Empowerment Coordinator at S.O.S. has been extended to February 29th, 2012.

See the complete job description and instructions to apply here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Harlem Community Justice Center Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan

The Harlem Commmunity Justice Center, our Sister Project through the Center for Court Innovation,  has produced two reports related to gangs in Harlem. In 2010, the Harlem Community Justice Center convened the Juvenile Gang Task Force to
identify ways to reduce juvenile gang violence and involvement in East Harlem.

The needs assessment provides detailed accounts and perspectives from area youth, parents, faith
leaders, service providers and police. The strategic plan offers a blueprint to reduce juvenile
gang involvement and youth violence going forward based on the following key findings from
the needs assessment:
  • Youth gang-related violence appears to be on the rise in East Harlem.
  • Youth gangs in East Harlem tend not to be affiliated with nationally recognized groups, are
    primarily organized around geography and increasingly rely on social media to facilitate
  • East Harlem young people confront multiple significant risk factors that may leave them
    more vulnerable to gang involvement.
  • Law enforcement, civic groups and social service agencies confront obstacles to identifying,
    understanding and therefore preventing gang activity on an individual and community-wide basis

East Harlem Juvenile Gang Task Force: 2011 Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan
By Raye Barbieri, Christopher Watler, John Megaw, Susanna Osorno-Crandall and Bryn Herrschaft

For the Needs Assessment, click here
For the Strategic Plan, clikc here