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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"I was lucky to be one of the first interns to go on to a few conferences where I learned about other projects like us, and compared notes on how we can make our projects better and give other people advice on how their projects could be better. I went to Boston, Virginia, Atlanta, and Mexico. I was undecided, but I know now that I want to be involved in environmental and urban planning, and economics, and the bigger picture."
"The youth run the farmers market. They're a part of the garden and in other gardens in the community, and they clear the generation gap because they work with the gardeners who happen to be older. So they get a chance to not only learn from each other, but from people that are older and wiser than them."
-- Tamara Gonzalez, former Youth Intern and Volunteer Coordinator for the East New York Farmers Market
Welcome To The United Community Centers
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. For over 50 years, we've helped foster social change, worked with neighbors to address community concerns, and provided services to help make East New York a better, healthier place to live.
Protecting The East is hiring youth interns ages 16-20 for a 6-month PAID internship as peer educators in East New York.
Peer Educators develop responsibility and communication skills and gain leadership and work experience while getting paid to educate community members about HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and building health relationships.
Applications are available NOW. They can be found at UCC or at partnering schools and community based organizations, or you can download it here. Applications are due by February 20th but DON'T WAIT!!
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!
We are a team of many talents. In addition to dabbling in spoken word and poetry, we are now actors and actresses!
This week, Protecting The East performers went to Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center to put on a PTE original skit promoting HIV testing for World AIDS Day. Our short piece, "Got My Back", is a story of a young man discovering that HIV doesn't just infect one person, it affects friends, family, and a whole community.
Protecting The East sees performance as a medium for connecting with the East New York community. We are using health clinic waiting rooms are to connect with community members as they wait for appointments, both providing information and entertainment to pass the time. If you're interested in bringing Protecting The East to your health center, youth group, or community program, call 718-649-7979 and ask for Protecting The East.
Protecting The East is both a team of community educators and performers. One of our new outreach strategies is to perform our message through poetry and theater.
Check out our video of our first poetry piece, Ask Questions.