More than 50 city agencies, nonprofit and cultural organizations provided hundreds of participants with seasonal and year-round opportunities for employment and arts programming.

New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo (in blue) pictured here with the ladies of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.

BROOKLYN, NY — More than 200 elementary, middle school, and high school students as well as their parents convened at the University Settlement Ingersoll Community Center for the Second Annual Summer Youth Resource Fair on Saturday hosted by New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo and New York State Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, in conjunction with community-based partnerships.

With less than one week until the application deadline for the 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and three months until the official start of summer, the search for opportunities is underway for teens, young adults, and parents citywide. The Fair was established to streamline access to engaging, skills-building activities such as internships, jobs, and summer camps throughout the 35th Council District.

“Disconnected youth are often at a higher risk of dropping out of school, unemployment, incarceration, and gang recruitment. The Fair provides expert counseling on a one-on-one basis with representatives from various organizations to help participants identify a pathway to immeasurable opportunities for personal, academic, and professional advancement to improve their quality of life,” said Council Majority Leader A. Cumbo.

“I am glad to partner with Councilwoman Cumbo, Congressman Jeffries, Borough President Adams and Senator Montgomery to provide opportunities for young people in our community. There are so many internship programs and jobs available to youth over the summer, and this resource fair will not only help people find a job, but can give our community members the skills they need to begin a long and fruitful career,” said Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley.

Given the vast interests of today’s youth, this year’s community partners represent diverse industries including civil service, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, sports, community and youth development. In the midst of Women’s Herstory Month, there was a special emphasis on organizations working to increase the representation of women in male-dominated industries.

“It is more important than ever to provide our youth with positive outlets of expression, especially when school is out for the summer. All levels of government need to do more to invest in our children and support opportunities for them to succeed. We are fortunate to have a number of resources available in our community and I thank them for taking the time to come out and represent at this Youth Resource Fair,” said Senator Velmanette Montgomery.

“Cultivating the next generation of young leaders means empowering them with knowledge and opportunities that will help enhance their future successes. I applaud Council Member Cumbo, Assembly Member Mosley, and all the participating agencies and organizations for hosting this youth resource fair in Fort Greene. It will undoubtedly provide young Brooklynites with many opportunities to learn about how to get involved in their communities as well as get started on the ladder to college and career success,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

The participating agencies and organizations were the Department of Community and Youth Development; Girl Vow, Inc.; Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership; Department of Social Services; the Noel Pointer Foundation; Trail Blazers; Kings County District Attorney’s Office; Medgar Evers College Oasis Beacon; NY Writers Coalition; Brooklyn Children’s Museum; Brooklyn Music School; Mark Morris Dance Center; Powerplay; Brooklyn United Marching Band; The Lower East Side Girls Club; UrbanGlass; Groundswell; Tropicalfete, Inc.; Brooklyn Camp Fund; Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls; Brooklyn Navy Yard; SUNY Downstate Medical Center; National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Theta Chapter; Carnegie Hall; Luna Park; Girl Scouts of Greater New York; Brooklyn Pitbulls; Nontraditional Employment for Women; the Sadie Nash Leadership Project; the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute; Digital Girl; Wildlife Conservation Society – New York Aquarium and Prospect Park Zoo; University Settlement Society of New York; Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA; the Magnus Mukoro Sports Foundation; Girls Who Code; Arts Connection; Roots Revisited; Soul Collections Sewing Lounge; Octavia Project; The Code Foundation; Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Opportunities for A Better Tomorrow; Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes, Inc.; Jugemos a Cantar; Jump-in Enrichment; Flatbush Development Corp.; Soul Tigers Marching Band; Brooklyn Community Services; Bridging Access to Care; Shake It Out, Inc.; FUREE; play:groundNYC; Christians in Business, and The Children’s Academy at LIU.

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New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo represents the 35th District, which covers Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights. She currently serves as the Majority Leader; is a member of the Committees on Cultural Affairs, Finance, Higher Education, Public Housing, and Women; the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus as well as the Jewish Caucus.