Founded in 1942, the Catherine McAuley High School in East Flatbush was once a conventwhose rooms, over time, were left empty. Today, as a model in-city boarding program, the rooms are full again with young women gaining an "education for life."
Many New Yorkers go through life without ever getting behind the wheel of a car, much less behind that of a commercial truck. But for dozens of New Yorkers each year, that truck cab has become the beginning of a new life.
Community gardens not only beautify neighborhoods and provide avenues for recreation and camaraderie at the local level; they also provide an opportunity for people of any age to connect with nature and learn about about health and nutrition.
Research has proven that exposure to arts at a young age helps kids stay in--and finish--school. Unfortunately, some families simpy can't afford to make us of our borough's cultural offerings. Cool Culture makes the arts accessible.
In 1955, a group of Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn established Guardians of the Sick based on classic Jewish communal organizational structure to provide special care and proper burial for other Holocaust survivors who were suffering from debilitating emotional and medical needs.
Habitat for Humanity is known throughout the world for recruiting volunteers to build homes for low-income people. However, this model faces challenges in an urban setting like Brooklyn, where open land is scarce and expensive.