In this Issue 

Hometown Success Talks Careers with CAMBA Youth


This Spring, Choose How to Show Your CAMBA Love


Women's Shelter Residents Celebrate Being Women


BP3D Presents at National Conference


Volunteer Profile: Dustin Jennings






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March 2013

employeeHometown Success Talks Careers with CAMBA Youth


For students in our Learning to Work (LTW) programs, career success is the goal. This month, Mia Hall, Community Manager for Barclays Center, stood before a group of LTW teens at Brooklyn Academy High School in Bed-Stuy, tracing her own path to success and hoping to impart some wisdom along the way.
Hall talked about leaving East New York as a teenager to go to college at Hampton University, followed by graduate work at Harvard and NYU. She answered questions from her young audience about how she stays consistent in her work (surrounds herself with the right peers) and how she manages her time. "I always write things down," she told them.
CAMBA's LTW programs provide high school students with support services--including paid internships--to help them move toward a high school diploma and future success.
Hall stressed the importance of connections in building a career--how she met the right people, stayed in touch and eventually turned her relationships into professional opportunities.
The young people at Brooklyn Academy HS that day saw Mia Hall's success for what it was: a possibility for their own bright futures.


holidayThis Spring, Choose How to Show Your CAMBA Love

Coming up this spring, there are almost as many ways to support CAMBA as reasons to do it.


Up first, on April 23, the CAMBA Young Leaders Committee is hosting a Party for a Pantry. It'll be an evening of food, drinks and a raffle at Fat Buddha on the Lower East Side and a perfect way to learn about CAMBA and support our food pantry's Spring Food Drive.


Two weeks later, on May 5, get fit for summer at our Healthy Way 5k Run/Walk in Prospect Park. The fundraising race is sponsored by EmblemHealth and will be a great way to get moving with CAMBA staff and friends and show your CAMBA love for three miles in the beautiful park.


Then on May 16, join us at the opening night cocktail reception of our Annual Shona Benefit Sale. The Thursday evening at our sculpture gallery will feature a ceremony honoring four special CAMBA supporters and clients. You can also purchase a hand-crafted sculpture from Zimbabwe (proceeds supporting our programs), ahead of the public weekend sale on May 17 and 18.


That's what's in store this spring. We look forward to seeing you at one (or all!) of our upcoming events.

bedstuyWith Special Guests, Women's Shelter Residents Celebrate... Being Women
Miss Cosmopolitan Kira Kazantsev with PSWS Director Faye Merolla

In honor of Women's History Month, clients and community members gathered at CAMBA's Park Slope Women's Shelter for their own special Women's "Herstory" Month evening of poetry, songs, dance, art and fashion.
The keynote speaker was Kira Kazantsev, currently Miss Cosmopolitan (representing the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester), who will be competing for the Miss New York title in the Miss America contest. In front of shelter residents and guests, she related her experience with dating abuse and domestic violence, and encouraged her audience to keep fighting for a better future.
The shelter honored Alice Braziller, a teacher who has been volunteering there for more than four years, teaching always-popular poetry workshops.
During the festivities, the shelter unveiled woman-inspired multi-media artwork, created by clients and staff. The whimsical three-dimensional piece, painted in pink, represents items that women use in their daily lives - combs, makeup, high heels and even a bra.
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"Who can keep a good woman down?" Carol Maraj asked an audience of about 25 formerly homeless women at CAMBA's Magnolia House shelter.
"NOBODY!" the women chorused, breaking into applause.

Carol Maraj (center) at Magnolia House

Ms. Maraj - better known as the mother of superstar Nicki Minaj - spent a recent afternoon at the shelter, sharing her own story of overcoming domestic violence and inspiring and empowering women who are struggling to change their lives. Ms. Maraj, whose foundation supports her passion for helping women, promised to return to Magnolia House to sponsor outings, plant flowers and offer beauty treatments for clients.
"It was inspiring because she chose our shelter," said A.P., a Magnolia House resident, about Ms. Maraj's visit. "It took a lot of courage to tell her story."


BP3D Presents at National Conference on Health Disparities
The Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes (BP3D) took a trip uptown this month, for the Fifth Annual Health Disparities Conference at Columbia University. BP3D was chosen to present in a panel entitled "Models for Addressing Obesity and Diabetes Disparities Among Adults and Children."
Kimberly George, BP3D Program Director, gave a 45-minute presentation on her program's work to reduce and prevent diabetes and obesity in Central Brooklyn and East New York. George gave a rundown of BP3D's efforts, including workshops, fitness classes, social media marketing and one-on-one case management. She also presented results showing participants' improved fitness and nutritional knowledge and George shared an in-depth look at the program's methods, with detailed results from its marketing campaign focus groups.
Learn more about the Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes here.
Volunteer Profile: Dustin Jennings 
King University, Bristol, Tennessee
Dustin Jennings (center) with King University classmates at the Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Pantry
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