Brownsville was selected as one of nine under-resourced neighborhoods across the country to receive a $125,000 Mobility LABS (Learning and Action Bets) planning grant by the Robin Hood Foundation, announced Community Board 16 on Monday.

Mobility LABs is a pioneering, four-year initiative to spur new solutions for lifting families out of poverty, and to promote dynamic leaders to change the conversation around social and economic mobility. In addition, the work will identify innovative new models from other communities that can be replicated in New York City and beyond.

Two important features of Mobility LABs are: 1. A “Community Up” approach; the idea that people who are closest to the challenge are closest to the solution; and 2. A cohort model with a key focus on peer learning across diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities. As such, the work in each community will move forward on the same timeline, with built-in opportunities (virtual and in-person) for shared learning

Brownsville’s planning grant will support community led efforts to develop a sustainable workforce engagement strategy for its residents, in conjunction with the Brownsville Plan and other employment opportunities existing within the local community and around New York City.

The effort will be led by JobsFIRST NYC in partnership with Brooklyn Community Board 16, Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Made in Brownsville, Brownsville Community Justice Center and the Mayors Office of Workforce Development.

To get in on the planned work and community engagement strategy, attend a community wide meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Prospect Plaza Community Center, located at 1835 Sterling Place (near corner of Saratoga Avenue and Eastern Parkway).

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