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CAMBA's Night at the Ballpark: July 16


East Flatbush Teens Dance at the Apollo


Small Businesses Get High-Tech Boost


Handmade Quilts Bring Comfort to CAMBA Babies 







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On Thursday, July 16, 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 for this evening of baseball, warm ocean breezes, cross-bay rivalry and the good feeling of helping New Yorkers in need. 


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stepitupBeacon 269 Teens Dance Against Dating Violence in Citywide Competition

Ask a group of six East Flatbush teens about dating violence, and they'll tell you: fFor young women between the ages of 16 and 24, it is a major problem.


These knowledgeable teens are "Colors of Peace," a group of Beacon 269 participants who spent the last six months spreading awareness of dating violence for the 2015 Citywide "Step It Up" competition. Run by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Step It Up calls on NYC youth between the ages of 10 and 20 to form dance and step teams, plan and complete community service projects, develop social campaigns and ultimately perform their dance routines to raise awareness of issues that impact their communities.


Colors of Peace came together early last winter and worked their way up in the competition, making it to the semifinals in February (along with three other CAMBA teams), then on to the finals in June at the famed Apollo Theater.


Throughout it all, they spread their public service message at schools and other community venues, speaking with their peers and illustrating through their dance the dangers of dating violence.


"It's been great to spread this message," said Joel Joseph, 17, a member of Colors of Peace. "And, through dance, we've been able to do it with no limitations."


Joel and the rest of Colors of Peace were among 10 finalist teams to perform at the Apollo on June 20 before an excited house of family and friends.


"It was amazing," said Regina Mitchell, Director of CAMBA's Beacon 269. "The kids worked so hard and were thrilled to finally be here." 


Watch the Colors of Peace PSA video and learn more about the Step It Up competition


myb'Mobilize Your Business' Bringing High-Tech Tools to Brick and Mortar Stores 
George Williams, Mobilize Your Business Technology Trainer, shows Dorothy Miller how to use her new iPad and Square at Errol's Bakery in Flatbush
For the past two years, CAMBA's Mobilize Your Business (MYB) class has been introducing local entrepreneurs to the high-tech tools they need to boost their businesses -- to increase revenue, lower costs and improve efficiency. Now MYB has boosted its own capacity and is bringing these tools and technologies straight to the businesses themselves.

Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, MYB's new offering expands on its classroom curriculum and provides entrepreneurs with a new suite of services: an assessment of the business's technology needs, a solution designed to fit these needs and  one-on-one technology training, which even includes onsite installation of the hardware.

Dorothy Miller, owner of Errol's Caribbean Bakery and Restaurant in Flatbush, came to CAMBA Small Business Services knowing that she had to change her business practices to serve her changing community but not sure where to begin. She took the MYB class, met with a business counselor, received a tailored assessment and soon was on track to adopt the technology she needed to move her business forward.

MYB's new offering landed Miller with an iPad, a Square stand and the apps not only to streamline and track sales, but to track inventory and calculate profit margin -- things Miller wasn't doing before. MYB's Technology Trainer was onsite at Errol's this spring to install the system and train Miller and her staff right at the storefront. MYB staff are now helping Miller create a website and Facebook page to build her customer base.

"This will be great for my business. So much will be better," said Miller.

Miller is just one of the many Brooklyn-based MYB clients whose business has benefitted over the past year. MYB staff hope to bring their new model to low-income entrepreneurs Citywide soon.

"We can now tailor tools, technology and training to fit exactly what our business owners need," said Isaac Roldan, Director of CAMBA Small Business Services. "Their operations are getting a huge boost."
quiltsHandmade Quilts Bring Comfort to CAMBA Babies 

Newborn baby C., the youngest resident at CAMBA's Flagstone Family Center homeless shelter, received a literal "warm" welcome -- when he was wrapped in a handmade quilt donated by New York City's Empire Quilters Guild.


Along with C.'s smiles and coos, the quilt brought a cheerful spot of color to the shelter and helped provide comfort against scratchy government-issued sheets, says Elizabeth Stephens, Program Director at Flagstone.


And it helped ease some of the pain felt by C.'s parents and two young siblings, who lost their home when his father's low-wage paycheck could not cover ever-rising rent.


His quilt is one of more than a dozen baby quilts donated to CAMBA recently by Empire Quilters. The Guild's more than 250 members from the Tristate region make quilts for shelters, hospitals, veterans' homes, summer camps for low-income children and other agencies. 


The most recent donation, pictured above, will bring warmth to a baby in one CAMBA's Maternal and Infant Health programs, which serve low-income mothers and their children. "A handmade quilt will become a cherished treasure for one of our families to pass on to generations to come," says Jannette Torres, CAMBA Program Director.


"Our families adore these gifts," says Elizabeth Stephens. "They are comfortable, pretty and mean a lot to people receiving them."