Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) recently joined the Church Avenue Merchants Block Association (CAMBA), Brooklyn educators, and hundreds of concerned citizens in envisioning the “ideal Flatbush.”
The event, a town hall meeting open to the public, focused on the Flatbush Promise Neighborhood Initiative, an effort to support every child in Flatbush and East Flatbush “from the cradle to college and career.”
The initiative, currently in its planning phase, will draw on the expertise of the people who know Flatbush best: those who live and work in the community—and will entail a partnership between neighborhood schools, businesses, health care providers, non-profits, faith communities and elected officials.
Marjorie Momplaisir-Ellis, the director of the Flatbush Promise Neighborhood Initiative, emphasized that this phase of the program is about “listening [to the concerns of Flatbush residents], submitting a proposal for intervention, and making that plan a reality.”
The evening was the first in a series of planning meetings meant to identify the challenges that exist in Flatbush and East Flatbush. It also served as a brainstorming session for potential solutions with the goal of ensuring that local youth have access to the programs and services they need to succeed.
At the end of the year CAMBA will present its Community Plan to the U.S. Department of Education and apply for up to $30 million in grants to execute its final proposal.
“This is a terrific opportunity for Flatbush residents to make their voices heard and make a real, positive change in the community,” Jacobs said. “I strongly encourage Flatbush residents to contribute their time and ideas to this worthwhile initiative.”