Promoting Peace in Brooklyn: CCI Interns Go Greenheart!
by Erica Wiethorn, Career Advancement Program Intern
This past Memorial Day Weekend, CCI flew to the Empire State to greet an excited group of participants beginning their internship programs in and around the Big Apple. In order to help kick off the participants’ two month stay in New York, CCI invited them to spend a day learning about Greenheart.
Eight participants ventured out early Memorial Day morning to Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn to volunteer with Brooklyn-based organization Family Support and Resources (FSR). FSR is a not-for-profit organization founded in Brooklyn and dedicated to ensuring the well-being of New York’s families. They offer programming and referral services to families facing issues including, but not limited to domestic violence prevention, parenting, pre-natal and post-natal education, stress management, job skill training and youth activities.
On Memorial Day FSR hosted an annual event called Peace Festival with the objective of fostering unity, respect and cultural awareness in communities. The festival offered street fairs, picnics and fun activities for the members of the FSR community as well visitors. The CCI participants were able to meet the members of FSR and learn more about their organization. Melissa from CCI reflects, “It was a great opportunity for the participants to get out of Flushing and actually see a ‘real’ part of NYC. They also got advice from locals on where to eat and what to see. It turned out to be a cultural exchange success.” Better yet, the participants concluded the event with a big slice of New York style cheesecake.