In one Brooklyn television studio on a recent day, a CAMBA vice president talked about homelessness with a New York City Councilmember. In another studio, a middle-school news team was having its moment in the real-world news spotlight.
CAMBA Vice President Melissa Mowery was on-air in a Downtown studio as a guest on "BK Live," the daily flagship show of Brooklyn Independent Media. Mowery was there to discuss solutions to homelessness with Councilmember Stephen Levin and Christy Parque, Executive Director of the nonprofit Homeless Services United.
In a lively round-table discussion, Mowery and co-guests tackled some of the causes of homelessness in the City -- and the current ongoing and potential solutions.
Mowery told of the reach and scope of the citywide HomeBase homelessness prevention program. HomeBase is funded by the NYC Department of Homeless Services and operated by nonprofits in 23 communities throughout NYC. CAMBA HomeBase, led by Mowery, serves several communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
"This year, CAMBA's HomeBase program is on track to serve 4,000 individuals," Mowery said.
Watch the BK Live "Homelessness in Brooklyn" show here.
That same week, across the borough in Brownsville, Reporter Nicole Ryan of News 12 Brooklyn was spending the morning with a group of middle-school newscasters at CAMBA's Beacon 271. "Fearless Leader News," the Beacon's student news program, was being featured on Ryan's News 12 segment "What's Cool at School."
Anchored, written and reported by members of the Beacon's Youth Council, "Fearless Leader News" was created last fall to generate interest in the Youth Council and give students a creative avenue for their love of media and technology.
"It's a very tech-savvy generation," said Wesner Pierre, CAMBA Senior Director of Education. "We wanted to harness that desire and that passion, and we wanted to give them a voice at the same time."
The Beacon participants involved also see it as a way to help them pursue their dreams.
"I want to be a photographer one day, and I think being part of this can help me and teach me," said Trevis Chailes, a "Fearless Leader" team member.
Watch "Fearless Leader News" on News 12 Brooklyn here (certain subscriptions required).