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Healthy Way 5k & 10k, this Sunday


An Art Gallery Comes to CAMBA Adult Literacy Center


Upcoming Events


CAMBA Programs Highlighted in Child Abuse Prevention Month


CAMBA's Super SONYC Student






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APRIL 2015

raceCAMBA's Healthy Way -- It's This Sunday, May 3rd

Along with spring weather, our long-awaited 2015 Healthy Way 5k and 10k are finally here!


Sign up NOW. Don't miss a great opportunity to have fun, get fit for summer and help New Yorkers in Need.


WHEN: Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 8:45 am (5k); 8:30 am (10k)
WHERE: Prospect Park (at the Peristyle)
96 Parkside Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226


*Healthy Way Race t-shirt
*Race-day snacks
*A fun morning and the great feeling that comes from helping others

(online registration ends at 12 noon on Saturday, May 2nd)
The Healthy Way Race is an electronically timed and chipped race, thanks to the pros at NYC Runs. The top three male and female runners in each race and in various age groups will receive awards.


For more information, visit or contact Claudia Dymond at or 718-287-2600 ext. 20321. 


Works by Artist Tim Okamura Transform CAMBA's Adult Literacy Center
Art Connects
Moussa Barry, right, Tim Okamura and Stanley Amazan

Stanley Amazan, a Haiti native who is learning English at the CAMBA Adult Literacy Center,  was surprised when he walked into the Center recently and found it transformed into a gallery.


Gazing at the large-scale portraits painted against neighborhood streetscapes, he said, "This makes me feel proud."

confidence in adult students who are striving to create a better life for themselves and their families is the goal of this exhibition, sponsored by visual arts nonprofit Art Connects New York. The permanent exhibition features prints donated by Tim Okamura, a painter of Canadian and Japanese heritage and longtime Brooklyn resident.


Moussa Barry, a Literacy Center student from Africa, said his favorite print is  Her Story, which features portraits of four women. "It reminds me of Africa," he says. "It looks like me."


Brooklyn Lives: Selected Prints. The Art of Tim Okamura skillfully portrays the rich, multicultural communities of Okamura's urban surroundings.  His compelling portraits beautify the CAMBA Adult Literacy Center, reflecting our diverse populations.


Brooklyn-based, independent curator Dexter Wimberly curated this permanent exhibition exclusively for the Literacy Center.

eventsSave the Dates for Upcoming Events

While we're excited for a great race day this weekend, that doesn't mean we aren't looking ahead to the rest of the year in CAMBA events.


Come mid-July, we'll be back at MCU Park in Coney Island for our annual Night at the Ballpark with the Brooklyn Cyclones (this year, against their rival Staten Island Yankees!). Join us on Thursday, July 16th, for this evening of baseball, warm ocean breezes, intra-borough rivalry and the good feeling of helping New Yorkers in need. Field Box tickets ($30 each) and Luxury Suite tickets ($175) are now available for sale.


And it's not too early to plan for our annual gala, CAMBA Casino Night Out, November 5th at Tribeca Three Sixty┬░ in Manhattan. As always, the gala will be an evening of celebration, food, drink and ... gambling for good. Here are scenes from last year. Tickets and sponsorship will be available soon.



Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities Highlight CAMBA's Services

Jennivin Joseph

CAMBA staffers who work to protect children won accolades and attended awareness activities during April's Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Jennivin Joseph, a case planner with CAMBA's SafeCare Family Services, not only cares deeply about the parents and children she serves -- she does an outstanding job of helping them gain parenting skills and raise happy, healthy children.


That's why she was honored with a Brooklyn Cares Award, bestowed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (CFCCA) on April 28.


"Being an influence on a family's journey to building stronger and healthier relationships with their children, while promoting their safety and well-being, has been paramount. I am continually filled with pride when my families not only graduate from the program, but express the value of SafeCare in their lives," she says.


Janee Harvey, Program Director of CAMBA's Preventive Programs, says that Jennivin's "unique ability to deeply engage her families with warmth and humor, but have straight-talk about issues of safety and risk, allow her ensure positive outcomes with all of her families."


Janee was among the dozens of participants who joined the City's Administration for Children's Services in a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on April 28 to build awareness about the dangers of child abuse and neglect.  She is pictured below in the first row, far left, with her son Travis.

David Tverdun -- Super SONYC Student!

High five to David Tverdun, 13, who was named a Super SONYC award-winner in March for his outstanding work in CAMBA's afterschool program at Andries Hudde Middle School in Midwood, Brooklyn.


The award is present monthly to 21 youth by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, which funds citywide afterschool services now called SONYC programs.


David, who came to the U.S. three years ago from the Ukraine, enjoys chess and archery, says Michele Crea, Program Director at the CAMBA afterschool program. "He is super helpful, a positive role model for his peers ... and he is always willing to lend a hand." She adds, "He is very excited and is going to dream about his award tonight!"