Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Are You Talking Transition?

Photo Credit Brooklyn Community Foundation

Right now, thousands of New Yorkers are sharing their ideas and opinions on the future of the city. Are you?

Through Talking Transition, communities, nonprofits, policy advocates, leaders, and residents are talking about the issues that matter most as we transition to a new mayoral administration.

The heart of the action is at a large outdoor tent on Canal Street and Sixth Avenue, with mobile tents popping up in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

Talking Transition continues through Saturday, November 23rd. Here’s a bit of what to expect:
  • Each day, teen muralists from Groundswell are at the tent working with visitors on a new mural that illustrates how arts and culture can create a more just and equitable city for all New Yorkers.
  • Performing arts groups are providing free performances at the tent, including Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy and Dancewave on Saturday, November 16th.
  • On Sunday, November 17th at 12pm, BCF grantees Just Food, New York City Coalition Against Hunger and Brooklyn Food Coalition will be discussing the future of food policy in New York City.
  • Next Friday, November 22nd at 3pm, Reel Works will host a panel of youth documentarians talking about the issues and policies that matter to them.

  • Even more events are in development, including a Talking Transition neighborhood stop in Red Hook next week, hosted by Red Hook Initiative
See the daily schedule and mobile tent stops at

New York City Council Black, Latino & Asian Caucus (BLAC) Employment & Small Business Opportunities Expo 2013

Message from the NYC Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus
Dear Friends, Colleagues & Community Partners:

The New York City Council’s Black, Latino & Asian Caucus (BLAC), which is Co-Chaired by Councilmember Jackson & Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, invites you to its 2013 Employment & Small Business Opportunities Expo. The event will take place on Saturday December 7th from 10AM to 3PM at Murry Bergtraum High School- 411 Pearl Street New York, NY 10038. The expo includes Power Hour sessions on New York City’s Training Grant Program, resume review and job matching strategies for high growth industries, small business fundamentals, tips on developing a business plan, financing facts & fictions, advice on conducting business with government, and tips for successful bidding, and employment opportunities.

Visit to register.  


Please forward to your contacts!

November 21, 2013: Great American Smoke Out Day

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The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
This year, we’re celebrating quitters and their supporters with a series of fun characters designed for social sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We’ve also got lots of other resources and information to help you quit for good.

2013 - America Medicine Chest Challenge Day of Collection Wrap Up

Update: American Medicine Chest


2013 - AMCC Day of Collection Wrap Up

Allow me to first  extend our thoughts at AMCC to our many partners affected by this past weekend’s devastating tornados and storms. If you wish to help please visit  the American Red Cross, Providing Comfort After Midwest Tornadoes.

Lao Tzu said that the journey of 1,000 miles must begin with the first step. The American Medicine Chest Challenge journey that began four years ago as a grass route movement has now gone beyond 1,000 miles -- in fact with the support of local law enforcement and community partners AMCC now has traveled 6,400 miles to partnerships from East Millinocket, Maine, to Long Beach, Washington, from Stephenville, Texas to Jamestown, North Dakota and to thousands of communities in between.

I am pleased to report that on November 9, 2013 the 4th Annual AMCC National Day of Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness and Safe Disposal of Unused, Unwanted, and Expired medicine was a tremendous success! Hundreds of thousands of families from across the country accepted the 5-Step Challenge to safeguard their families and help prevent prescription drug abuse in their homes. Many families utilized one of the hundreds of permanent prescription drug disposal locations at law enforcement locations across the country.

As many of you are aware, I had the privilege of visiting many of your community based permanent Rx collection locations in police stations and sheriff offices across this the country. Each of you inspired me and the whole AMCC team to continue and expand our efforts to help YOU get the important and lifesaving AMCC message out to your local communities.

AMCC just received word that over 204 million media impressions were recorded as part of AMCC’s public health education efforts. Thank you for your commitment! Together we are protecting our children one family at a time.

Angelo M. Valente, CEO AMCC

A reminder, if you have a permanent prescription drug drop-box that is not listed on, complete this form.

Take the American Medicine Chest Challenge in
5 Simple Steps:

1. Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
2. Secure your medicine
3. Safely dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.
4. Take your medicine exactly as prescribed.
5. Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse... they are listening.
American Medicine Chest Challenge

Home of the National Online Directory of Permanent Prescription Drug Collection Boxes
American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) is a community based public health initiative, with law enforcement partnership, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide a nationwide day of disposal - at a collection site or in the home - of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine that will be held on the second Saturday of November each year in communities across the country.

Training in Program Evaluation

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Training in Program Evaluation and Developing Corporate Partners Volunteer Management Group (VMG) offers 2.5 hour evening courses at University Settlement at the Houston Street Center. Topics include, how your organization can prove to prospects that you are the best non-profit partner for their support, how companies want to ensure that their philanthropic support is achieving impact, and how to align with the best corporate partner for your organization. Students discuss trends in corporate philanthropy and grantmaking. For course descriptions, schedule and to register call 1-888-833-9993 or click here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Marijuana Might Be Affecting Your Skin...

Weed, grass, Mary Jane, pot... call it whatever you'd like, but marijuana has been around long before 1937's "Reefer Madness" warned of its (arguably overblown) deleterious effects. These days it's more common than ever, thanks in part to its medicinal uses. But are there beauty ramifications that come with the decision to smoke?

We decided to find out. Whether or not lighting up is your thing, it doesn't hurt to know exactly what marijuana can do to your skin and appearance. So we spoke to two New York-based dermatologists, Dr. Bobby Buka and Dr. Ariel Ostad, and found out some surprising facts about America's most commonly used illicit drug.


Victory! City Council passes critical legislation to reduce tobacco use

Breaking News
In case you haven't already heard, the City Council passed two historic pieces of legislation last night!

One bill will raise the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products to 21. The second bill, the Sensible Tobacco Enforcement Act, will step up enforcement against retailers who evade tobacco taxes or sell tobacco without a license, prohibit coupons or price discounts for tobacco products, create a minimum price for cigarettes and little cigars, and set minimum packaging requirements for cheap cigars, little cigars and cigarillos to crack down on the sale of “loosies.”

Read our joint statement on the passage of these two bills.
This is a HUGE VICTORY for NYC as it, once again, leads the nation in policymaking that protects public health and saves lives.

Please send a thank you message to the City Council.

THANK YOU for standing by us as we continue our work to reduce tobacco use around the country and around the world!

Kevin O'Flaherty
Director, Northeast Region
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids | 1400 I St. NW | Washington, DC 20005 | 202-296-5469
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Funding Opportunity: Residential Family Peer Support Partners

Grant/Contract Name:  Residential Family Peer Support Partners
Deadline:   December 6,2013
Funding Amount:   Approximately $710,000 will be distributed annually between all five OMH Regions.  Approximately 11 awards statewide.
Eligibility:   Public, private, not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) organizations whose primary purpose is to provide advocacy, education/skill building, and family/peer support services to families of children with serious emotional/behavioral challenges. The Applicant must be an OMH-funded 1650 Family Support Program
Agency:   NYS Office of Mental Health
Summary: The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support Residential Family Peer Support (RFPS) Partners, formerly known as Residential Family Advocates (RFAs) , in OMH licensed children and youth residential treatment facilities and community residences within all five OMH Regions. An RFPS Partner must be a parent/caregiver who has or is currently raising a child with significant behavioral health challenges that require the supports of one or more child serving systems.

The primary goal of these positions will be to enhance the provision of family support services to families of children within these residential treatment programs as well as assisting parents/caregivers in maintaining or creating connections within their community's family support provider system during their child's active treatment and discharge from residential treatment.