The United Community Centers (UCC) is a multi-service, intergenerational community-based organization that provides services and support to residents of East New York, Brooklyn.
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"It's my second family. I never fail to learn something new at the Center, even when I'm teaching other people."
-- Corea Loach, member of the Youth Lounge and Junior Health Educator
Welcome To The United Community Centers
UCC is a social justice driven community center that has been serving the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn for over 60 years. Our mission is to work together with residents of all ages and cultures to address our community’s challenges, celebrate its strengths, and provide services that improve lives.
Saturday, October 1st, was UCC’s first Donor Appreciation Day. Donors to UCC were invited to join us for a celebratory lunch on our Youth Farm, prepared by Board Vice President and former East New York Farms! intern, Warren Ottey. Lunch showcased some of the beautiful vegetables our farm has to offer, while peer educators from Protecting the East played fun games and tested our guests' knowledge of reproductive health and wellness. Guests joined us from as far away as Pennsylvania. They learned more about UCC, met the Board, staff, and program participants. They got to see first-hand the programs we offer, and how much their donations help us serve the people of East New York. It was a great day and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
Our Youth Peer Educators in our 2015 program cycle are trained both as educators, and in the art of material design. Peers design, develop, and produce marketing and educational materials used during their outreach education efforts. First, they learn about marketing: We explore through our curriculum how to convey a positive health message and how to define and target an audience. The youth then they develop the content and design the materials. Through this arm of our program, young people develop computer and design skills, as well as a background in marketing and social media use in a professional setting.
This first piece is a Peer Success Story about a young person who discovers that his partner is unfaithful to him, and recognizes the importance of protection and prevention for sexual relationships. The design mimics a Facebook message exchange between two friends, to appeal to a younger audience in East New York.
Our second piece is another Peer Success Story about a young woman who discovers that regardless of her HIV status, there are still reasons to protect herself. The design features a moody black to convey the darkness of the content of the story, and the bright neon pink is used to highlight and attract attention.
Stay tuned, next up our youth are collaborating to produce a Summer Social Marketing Campaign!!
It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, and that in that time Protecting the East has been able to double the impact of our work. Our goal is to build an East New York where young people are able to develop safe and healthy relationships, and every day we get a little bit closer.
This year four of our Peer Education Youth Interns moved up to become staff, and we were able to hire 22 new youth as well. Together, we:
-Distributed more than 325,000 male condoms (3 times what we did last year!) and 3,140 female condoms
-Had 25,000 conversations in the East New York community, promoting safe sex, testing and healthy relationships
-Worked with 66 local businesses (3 times what we started with!) to distribute condoms and information to customers
-Facilitated 30 workshops for young people in East New York (twice as many as last year!)
We are proud of what we’ve accomplished, but there is so much more to do. We need your support more than ever. Here’s how our friends, lovers, and biggest fans can continue to support our work as we head into 2015.
$1100 covers the cost of a Peer Education Youth Intern-- a donation of this size means we can hire a new young person!
$150 covers the cost of a workshop for youth, or the cost of outreach to 100 people in the community
$60 (or $5 a month) covers the cost of performing our play that explores how HIV affects our community
$15 buys a rain poncho with the Protecting the East logo so we don’t lose work days due to inclement weather, and can promote the program while we’re out there!
$10 buys a patch with the Protecting the East logo to promote visibility for our street team
This has been a special year for UCC as we celebrated our 60th Anniversary. We’ve brought new leaders into our community, grown our programs to increase our impact, danced, reminisced and planned for the future. The East New York community has come together to mark this major milestone in our history, and we are immensely grateful to everyone who has celebrated with us and helped ensure our continued success with donations and support.
We are incredibly proud that we have been able to sustain our work for 60 years, with the support and involvement of our community. We need your support to continue so that our work will go on for the next 60 years and beyond. We are seeing an increase in large nonprofits from outside our community moving here to run programs and compete with us for grants. To keep succeeding, we need each member of our community to invest whatever they can to support us. Please consider making a donation, either by sending a check to 613 New Lots Ave, Brooklyn NY 11207 or by visiting www.ucceny.org to become a “60 for 60” Monthly Sustainer or make a one-time online donation.
Keep reading to hear more about UCC's accomplishments this year!