New York City is investing $40,000 each, into various neighborhoods across the city, including Canarsie and Flatlands. Residents and students have the opportunity to vote on how the funds are spent. Below are the 3 Options available for Canarsie: Voting has been extended through January 24.
Option 1: Reaching the Underserved Business Community in Canarsie, Brooklyn
Through this option Black and Latino small business owners in Canarsie will advocate for an increased awareness and information sharing about the stigma around mental health and where to go locally for information. Canarsie is one of the fastest growing small minority business communities in NYC.
The goal with this option is to immerse individuals with a voice to shape public policy, public opinion and eliminate mental health stigma in the community. VOTE for OPTION 1
Option 2: Connecting Mental Health Therapist to High School Students
Coordinating with all high schools in Canarsie to promote mental health support and wellbeing specifically among youth ages 11 to 23 years old, and their families. These events will be coordinated with each of the High School Principals in the Canarsie community to provide mental health therapy, healthy eating, healthy cooking, yoga and massage activities, serving the schools in th 11236 zip code.
The goal with this option is to increase access to mental health support by working with registered mental health therapists.
Option 3: Canarsie Youth Mental Health Movement
This option utilizes technology and social media as a way to reach youth throughout Canarsie and Flatlands.
The goal of this option is to encourage youth and high schools to use an app and social media for assistance when it comes to providing information and support related to mental health questions and concerns. The app would be designed to bridge the gap and create an open door for information.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The City of New York is investing $1.3M to support recovery in the 33 neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19. This citywide neighborhood coalition initiative is being led by the NYC Taskforce for Racial Inclusion and Equity (TRIE), Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) and Young Men’s Initiative. Residents living, working, or going to school in one of these communities will get to decide how to spend $40,000 of public funds in their neighborhood. These investments will support our communities and contribute to a more fair recovery. The ballot items include projects focused on priority areas identified by residents in each community, including mental health, reducing gun violence, youth programming, and hunger.
If you want to speak to someone about the program, as it relates to the Canarsie, Flatlands or Coney Island area you can contact Southern Community Development Corp at (212)470-6598.