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January 2024

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Brooklyn Org Nonprofit Leader Salon (January)

Brooklyn Org's Office: 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238
8:30 AM–10:00 AM EST

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January 1 – 7

NYC Parks: New Year’s Day Super Hike

Monday, January 1 | 12-2pm
Parkside Avenue and South Lake Drive in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 11218
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If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, join the Urban Park Rangers on a lengthy hike. Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes, and head to Prospect Park (directions here). Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, and unplug from the world to clear your head.

January 8 – 14

Intergenerational Parlor Games with Stonewall Village NYC

Monday, January 8 | 4-6:30pm
1561 Bedford Ave Suite Ground A, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Join Brooklyn Community Pride Center for the kick-off of their monthly hybrid program, Intergenerational Parlor Games, where LGBTQ+ folks of all ages can come and enjoy playing games with Stonewall Village NYC community members! A variety of games will be provided including cards & board games. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Nonprofit Help Desk: Planning for Your Organization’s Future

Tuesday, January 9 | 12-1pm
Online
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Planning helps you set organizational priorities, focus energy and resources, and strengthen operations. The process is designed to help organizations plot out their future by addressing major challenges and opportunities in their work.  For small organizations that don’t have the capacity to hire outside help, this interactive workshop will offer concrete tips and tools to enable you to run a strategic planning process yourself.

El Puente: Annual Three Kings Celebrations (Multiple Dates)

Thursday, January 11, Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13
211 South 4th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Join El Puente for an on-stage immersive action, where you are invited to lend your voice to the needs of our community, with a special focus on the voices of children. This unique experience will unfold through the lens of the children, emphasizing their connection to justice and echoing the sentiments of all youth seeking a world of safety, dignity, and self-determination. More details and registration to come!

CAMBRA Brooklyn Yas & Brooklyn Community Pride Center: Poetic Justice

Tuesday, January 9 | 5-7:30PM
1561 Bedford Avenue #Suite Ground A Brooklyn, NY 11225
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“Poetic Justice” is a creative writing poetry-based workshop where CAMBA Brooklyn YAS & Brooklyn Community Pride Center provide a themed one Tuesday a month safe space for LGBTQIA+ youths to express their perspective and collaborate as a collective. With local-based poets and artists being brought on to facilitate and share, the workshop will leave room for teaching, developing, and exploring how words on a page can release the soul.

Center for an Urban Future Policy Forum: Helping More Brooklyn Residents Access Tech Careers

Thursday, January 11 | 8-10:45am
Pfizer Auditorium, Dibner Hall NYU Tandon, 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11245
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This forum will focus on the opportunity to expand access to tech careers in Brooklyn. It will feature Brooklyn-based leaders discussing the borough’s tech education and training ecosystem, and examine what more policymakers, employers, educators, and workforce practitioners should do to help more Brooklyn residents get on the path to technology-powered careers.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Drag Story Hour

Thursday, January 11 | 3-4pm
145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213
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Join BCM for a storytelling session that celebrates the uniqueness of all kids and families. Drag Story Hour NYC programs celebrate gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable.

Caribbean Life Health & Wellness Expo: Brooklyn 2024

Saturday, January 13 | 10am-1pm
1367 Utica Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203 (Tropical Breeze Ballroom)
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Join Schneps Media for a comprehensive health and wellness event dedicated to the African American and Caribbean community in Brooklyn. Bridge the health disparity gap and embrace a future of vitality and well-being together!

New Utrecht Free Tour

Saturday, January 13 | 2-4pm
Corner of 68th St. and Colonial Rd. Brooklyn, NY 11220
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Calling all Brooklyn history lovers: Join Tri-state Hiking and Cycling  for a New Utrecht free tour. Stroll down from the Yellow Hook to Fort Hamilton through most interesting landmarks, hidden gems and historical places. Kids and pets are welcome!

VOLUNTEER: FABSCRAP BKLYN Morning Session

Saturday, January 13 | 9am-12pm
Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street Building B, Unit 5H-4 Brooklyn, NY 11220
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FABSCRAP needs your help to save designer textiles from landfills! It’s easy, fun, and a safe way to actively help save our Earth!

MLK Day of Service: Youth Justice Expo

Sunday, January 14 | 12-2pm
158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213
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Join the Weeksville Heritage Center and the Legacy Netowrk in celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in a day dedicated to service and empowerment by and for young minds.

The Free Black Women’s Library: A 2024 Vision Board Collage Party

Sunday, January 14 | 3-5pm
226 Marcus Garvey Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11221
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Join The Free Black Women’s Library for a vision board party where you’ll creatively declare, craft and shape our visions, dreams, and goals for 2024.

Remembering King: Reclaiming His Voice | His Life and Legacy for Justice

Sunday, January 14 | 5-8pm
3304 Clarendon Road Brooklyn, NY 11203
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Hosted by 67th Precenict Clergy Council Inc., Central Brooklyn Churches, and the NYC Mayor Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, this event will honor the contributions made and legacy left by Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15 – 21

BAM: Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 15 | 10:30am
Livestream & In-Person
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (Peter Jay Sharp Building)
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217
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BAM honors Dr. King’s radical spirit with musical performances and an invigorating call to action. Keynote speaker Reginald Dwayne Betts—a poet, lawyer, and founder and CEO of Freedom Reads—offers reflections on freedom anchored in his own journey, his enduring commitment to social justice, and his work to radically transform access to literature in prison. Featuring uplifting performances by Sing Harlem and singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin. Tickets are free for this event and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8am on January 15 in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House lobby. Please note that providing an RSVP does not guarantee entry.

BAM: Free Film Screening of Rustin

Monday, January 15 | 1pm
BAM Rose Cinemas (Peter Jay Sharp Building)
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217
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Bayard Rustin, the architect of 1963’s March on Washington, was one of the greatest activists and organizers the world has ever known. From five-time Tony Award-winning theater and film director George C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) comes this stunning portrait of a man who dared to imagine a more just world. Free entry, first come, first served.

VOLUNTEER: Family Volunteering at Brooklyn Book Bodega

Monday, January 15 | 10am-12pm
141 Flushing Ave Suite 407
Brooklyn, NY 11205
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Be part of Brooklyn Book Bodega’s mission to increase the number of 100+ book homes by volunteering as a family at their Book Hub!

NYC Parks & New York City Center: Brownsville Creative Career Residency for TEENS

Tuesday, January 16 | 4:30-5:30pm
Golden Age Theater in Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11212
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In partnership with New York City Center, the Creative Careers Residency offers Teens ages 16-18 an intro to creative and design careers in theatre. Over the course of 5 sessions, learn about the process of creating a musical revival while exploring a variety of arts and careers that contribute to production, including Dramaturgy, Costume Design, Music Direction, Choreography and more. The residency culminates in a collaborative imagining of the group’s own adaptation or revival of the production. The residency includes tickets to a performance of the Encores! Production Jelly’s Last Jam at New York City Center.

Shirley Chisholm Welcome Center Community Workshop

Wednesday, January 17 | 6-8pm
Medgar Evers College, Academic Building 1
1638 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Celebrate the legacy of Shirley Chisholm at a community workshop hosted by Prospect Park Alliance and Medgar Evers College, in partnership with the Brooklyn NAACP, to kick off the creation of a Welcome Center to complement the new monument to this Brooklyn Trailblazer coming to Prospect Park.

The Salon at CBH | Curated by Molly Crabapple

Friday, January 19 | 7-11pm
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Join us for CBH’s inaugural Salon, a curated party of music, poetry, conversation, tarot card readings, salsa, litefeet dancing, refreshments and more, scheduled throughout the night and hosted by Brooklyn artist Molly Crabapple! Come, dress up, and spend the evening with Molly, each other, and her guests. It’s a curated evening and community party in a stunning building, open to all!

VOLUNTEER: FABSCRAP BKLYN Afternoon Session

Saturday, January 19 | 1-4pm
Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street Building B, Unit 5H-4 Brooklyn, NY 11220
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FABSCRAP needs your help to save designer textiles from landfills! It’s easy, fun, and a safe way to actively help save our Earth!

Nieves Latin Dance Studio: Beginner Salsa

Sunday, January 21 | 7-8pm
670 Grand St Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Join Nieves Latin Dance Studio for a fun, friendly, and easy to learn Salsa 101 class. No partner, experience, or contracts necessary!

January 22 – 28

Preparing for your First Newborn Visit

Monday, January 22 | 5:30-7:30pm
259 Bristol Street Brooklyn, NY 11212
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Join the Brownsville Neighborhood Health Action Center and learn how to prepare for the baby’s first doctor’s visit, which takes place 3-5 days after birth.

Nonprofit Help Desk: The Discretionary Process – Simplified

Monday, January 22 | 6:30-8pm
Online
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This informative, interactive virtual workshop assists agencies with preparing their NYC Council Discretionary Applications through a careful review of the application, a presentation on the important background information, and a review of pre-qualification procedures.

Nonprofit Help Desk: Basic Data Every Social Change Organization Should Collect

Tuesday, January 23 | 12-1pm
Online
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What kind of information is important to your nonprofit in order to document the outcomes of its programs? Once those metrics are defined, how do you go about collecting that data? This workshop will help participants to understand why data collection and evaluation are essential parts of their organization’s work, and how to integrate data collection into their already existing workflows.

Brooklyn Org Nonprofit Leader Salon (January)

Thursday, January 25 | 8:30-10:00am
Brooklyn Org’s Office: 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Please join us for our new Nonprofit Leader Salons! These free, low-stakes (but high-connection) breakfasts are designed to bring local nonprofit leaders together in one room to discuss the issues most top of mind for you. The session on February 8th is for Executive Directors/CEOs with budgets under $2 million. These events will be in-person, so please RSVP as space will be limited.

Harnessing AI for Nonprofit Capacity-Building

Thursday, January 25 | 2-3pm
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Join Community Resource Exchange for a dynamic discussion on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ways it can be leveraged to strengthen your organization! Learn firsthand uses of AI from fellow nonprofit leaders, gain practical tips to start your AI journey, and engage in thought-provoking discussions at the tech-social impact crossroads.

NYC Parks: Theatre Workshop Presents Moscow Moscow Moscow

Thursday, January 25 | 5:30-8pm
Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center
670 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11216
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The Herbert Von King Theater Workshop presents a production of Moscow Moscow Moscow, a modern interpretation of “The Three Sisters” by Anton Chekov.

Propagation 101: In Person Workshop in Park Slope

Saturday, January 27 | 10-11am
461 6th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Take your plant knowledge to the next level! Propagation is an inexpensive and rewarding way to grow your plant collection. In this 1-hour class, The Sill will cover everything you need to know to propagate your houseplants at home—from taking cuttings to coaxing new roots, to growing in water, soil, and more.

January 29 – 31

Brownsville Neighborhood Health Action Center: The Fourth Trimester

Monday, January 29 | 5:30-7:30pm
259 Bristol Street Brooklyn, NY 11212
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This free workshop is presented by the NYC Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness and The Brownsville Neighborhood Health Action Center. Participants will learn how to navigate the fourth trimester. This 12-week period after birth is a critical time for both the baby and mother. It can be challenging to adjust, but the right strategies can help smooth the transition and make this time as rewarding as possible. For more information and to request accommodation, email stull@health.nyc.gov.

BQE South Visioning Workshop

Tuesday, January 30 | 5:30-7pm
Brooklyn Public Library – Sunset Park Branch
5108 4th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11220
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Join Transportation Alternatives to share your vision for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway South! Learn from community members and experts alike, and share your ideas and help shape the future of the BQE.

Meet the Funders Panel Discussion

Tuesday, January 30 | 6-8pm
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Bridge Street Development Corporation’s “Meet the Funders” panel will feature individuals supporting non-profit and small business initiatives of Central Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Org President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey. They’ll discuss what grant funders seek and emphasize the importance of cultivating meaningful, lasting relationships with them that can significantly impact an organization’s long-term success.

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Sheepshead Bay Library (2636 E. 14th St. at Ave. Z Brooklyn, NY 11235)
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Brooklyn Poetry Slam

Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238)
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