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Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories From Teens in Trouble

15 Nov
LISTEN V. LOCK-UP:
UNHEARD STORIES FROM TEENS IN TROUBLE
One Night Only – December 4, 2013
THEATRICAL STAGING OF THE WORK OF YC WRITERS
With Commentary by
The Central Park Five Filmmaker Sarah Burns and
YC Alum Raymond Santana, One of the Central Park Five
Event to Take Place at Morgan Stanley, to Benefit Youth Communication
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Youth Communication (YC), the award-winning nonprofit publisher and advocate of reading and writing, will present Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories from Teens in Trouble.
This unique and powerful one-night-only theatrical event features the voices of one of New York City’s most marginalized groups: teens who have been through the justice system. The performance will take place at Morgan Stanley and will benefit Youth Communication’s literacy and youth development programs.
The production will intertwine dramatic performances of true teen stories by YC writers, with clips from the Ken Burns film The Central Park Five, which re-examines the Central Park jogger case and the five teenagers whose convictions for the crime were later overturned. After the performance, filmmaker Sarah Burns will talk with Raymond Santana, one of the falsely convicted teens and a Youth Communication alum. Mr. Santana participated in a Youth Communication writing workshop while he was confined at the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center.
Joining the conversation will be Marlo, a Youth Communication writer now in his second year of college, and Shawn Welcome, who faced similar challenges but evaded the law and eventually rose from high school dropout to high school principal. They will talk about the city’s justice system, the consequences of being unheard, and how government and society can better support teens in trouble.

“My childhood revolved around disappointment. Disappointment that my mother was dead, and that anytime I asked my father for anything the answer was, ‘I don’t have it’ — not even a subway card. I stole because I wanted things, but also because I was angry.”
Marlo, the young man who wrote these words, was arrested three times and served four months at Rikers Island. Unfortunately, his story is not unique. On any given day in 2012, roughly 1,000 teens in New York City were behind bars. Almost 800 of them were 16 to 18-year-olds in the adult prison system. What had they been through? How did they get there? How can we help these kids do better?

The production of Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories from Teens in Trouble is adapted and directed by Francisco Solorzano, artistic director of The Barefoot Theatre Company.

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YOUTH COMMUNICATION was founded in 1980, by MacArthur “genius” grantee Keith Hefner. Its mission is to help marginalized youth strengthen the social, emotional, and literacy skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life. Youth Communication publishes high-quality, teen-written stories that facilitate engagement and learning.
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EVENT DETAILS
Name: Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories From Teens in Trouble
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway (at 47th Street), New York, NY 10036To purchase tickets: visit www.youthcomm.org or contact Sandra Toussaint-Burgher, Development Director at (212) 279-0708 ext. 114 or SToussaint@youthcomm.org

 

2014 UPDATE: THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS PASSED

Dine Out for a Cause: Bread & Life’s “Feed the Need”

24 Oct

2014 UPDATE: THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS PASSED

Feed the Need: Dine Out for Bread and Life! is a dine out event that will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013.  The event will benefit St. John’s Bread and Life, Brooklyn’s largest provider of emergency food.  100% of the funds raised will be used to purchase food for our hungry neighbors! This also happens to be National Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

1 in 5 adult New Yorkers – and 1 in 4 children — relies on food pantries and soup kitchens to meet their food needs. To respond to this need, Bread and Life needs the help of the entire food community.   Bread and Life serves more than 1,000,000 meals annually to our Brooklyn and Queens neighbors who would otherwise go hungry. We are asking restaurants, food purveyors, patrons and the entire food community to join us in combatting hunger in our neighborhoods! 

Be part of the solution and support a great local cause!

 

Participating Restaurants:

                  

    

    

 

 

About Bread and Life: Bread & Life is a 501c3 organization whose mission it is to feed those most vulnerable. This program began 31 years ago in direct response to the cuts in the federal budget for food aid, cuts which forced tens of thousands of New Yorkers to find a new way of providing meals for their families. Before these cuts, there were just sixteen emergency food agencies in New York City. After the cuts they mushroomed to more than 1,600.

Nuns on Ice: You Dont Want to Miss This!

15 Feb
2012

CITI POND AT BRYANT PARK HOSTS NUNS ON ICE WITH BROADWAY’S SISTER ACT AND GOD’S LOVE WE DELIVER THURSDAY, FEB. 16

FREE to the Public Event with Giveaway of 100 Nun’s Habits,

Raffle for SISTER ACT Tickets and Musical Performance

 

WHAT:             Citi Pond℠ at Bryant Park, Broadway’s SISTER ACT & God’s Love We Deliver host Nuns On Ice, Feb.16th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The first 100 people to rent skates during the event will receive a beautiful, flowing nun’s habit to wear as they glide across the ice.  All guests wearing the habit will not only keep their ears warm, but will be entered to win tickets to SISTER ACT on Broadway!

$1 from all skate rentals between 5:30 and 6:30pm will support God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that provides nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

Skaters and spectators will also enjoy a dazzling free performance from a SISTER ACT cast member singing “Fabulous Baby.”

 

VISUALS:         100 ice skaters of all ages donned in Nun’s habits gliding across the ice

                            Performance of SISTER ACT’s “Fabulous Baby”

                           

WHEN:             Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Citi Pond at Bryant Park

Between W. 40th and W. 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, New York, NY

CONTACT:       Quinn & Co.

David Semanoff, Office: 212.868.1900 x222, dsemanoff@quinnandco.com

A Multi-Designer Sale’s Event and Fundraiser

10 Feb
2012

ARTISTS & FLEAS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH

A MULTI-DESIGNER SALE’S EVENT AND FUNDRAISER

Over 20 Independent Designers, Makers & Vintage Collectors Selling

for the Benefit of God’s Love We Deliver

NEW YORK – Feb 8, 2012 – Artists & Fleas, Williamsburg’s weekly indoor market for artists, independent designers and vintage collectors, will hold Love for Sale, a multi-designer Valentine’s Day sales event with a portion of proceeds to benefit God’s Love We Deliver. The weekend-long sale will be held on February 11th & 12th at Artists & Fleas’ Williamsburg, Brooklyn location. Over 20 participating indie designers, artists and vintage collectors have contributed an item to be sold at prices discounted up to 20% off of regular pricing in a red color themed area curated by the market management. Participants will include Georgia Varidakis Jewelry, FSMNYC, QP & Monty and the Spooky Boutique. Artists & Fleas will match sales profits in a contribution to God’s Love We Deliver. Additionally, Brooklyn-based Karaoke DJs The Kings of Karaoke will be holding a Saturday evening free karaoke session beginning at 5pm to kick off the weekend.

“Valentine’s Day at the market has always been as much about giving as it is receiving and the opportunity to get gift-worthy goods while supporting independent artists and a tremendous organization caring for people across New York City is a perfect match,” said Ronen Glimer, co-founder of Artists & Fleas with Amy Abrams.

Artists & Fleas has curated a space within the market for Love for Sale, consisting of merchandise and items for sale across a wide range of styles and trends in fashion, art and design with merchandise to include jewelry, clothing, housewares, handmade goods, vintage fashion, antiquities and visual arts. Some highlights include:

  • Georgia Varidakis Jewelry, a Williamsburg-based designer of modern-day heirloom jewelry.
  • Evolving Habitat, Brooklyn-based design studio that re-purposes found and salvaged items such as deer antlers, birch wood, antique glass and metal for the home and wardrobe.
  • QP & Monty, East Village-based vintage sellers and creators of a series of bespoke men’s clothing.
  • Pioneering women’s vintage collector Ricky Becker of Spooky Boutique, a long-time NYC advisor to fashion stylists seeking inspiration from vintage clothing and period pieces.
  • More than 20 other independent designers from the Artists & Fleas’ community.

Artists & Fleas “Love For Sale” will be open Saturday & Sunday, February 11th & 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 70 North 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is free to the public. For a full line-up of vendors and additional information, visit www.artistsandfleas.com or email ronen@artistsandfleas.com.

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Media Contact:

Artists & Fleas: Ronen Glimer, ronen@artistsandfleas.com, 917.301.5765

About Artists & Fleas:

Artists & Fleas is Brooklyn’s longest running curator and creator of weekly markets for indie designers, vintage collectors, emerging artists and food artisans to set up shop and connect directly with customers and the broader community of independent creative makers and entrepreneurs. Established in 2003 in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Artists & Fleas is a unique destination for the community of artisans, collectors and cool-hunters to come together in a thriving alternative-to-retail setting open every weekend year-round where buyers and sellers can meet from around the world. Current markets include the Williamsburg, Brooklyn location (weekends only, year-round), a Summer seasonal market at the Williamsburg waterfront as part of the OSA Presents concert series (Summers only, resuming June 2012) and a pop-up at Chelsea Market in spring 2012. Follow Artists & Fleas Love on Facebook and on Twitter @artistsandfleas. For more information, visit www.artistsandfleas.com.

 

God’s Love We Deliver: Em Findley, efindley@glwd.org, 212.294.8141, 517.402.1776

About God’s Love We Deliver
God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading not-for-profit provider of life-sustaining meals and nutritional counseling for people living with life-threatening illnesses. God’s Love We Deliver is dedicated to cooking – and delivering – the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its entire 25 year history, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit www.godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc.