Promise Neighborhood Planning Project with Lutheran Family Health CentersThe Center for the Study of Brooklyn is partnering with Lutheran Family Health Centers in Sunset Park, one of 21 organizations nationally to receive a Promise Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which provides a year of planning, analysis and project development to help improve the educational and developmental outcomes of local children. As a community partner of Lutheran Family Health Centers, the Center for the Study of Brooklyn will facilitate strategic planning, a community needs assessment and produce supporting data analyses and reports- including graphical and mapping presentations where relevant- to ensure that both students in the target school and other children in the neighborhood have access to a continuum of solutions that improve educational and developmental outcomes.
"The Center's work informed the implementation strategy at the heart of the Sunset Promise Neighborhood's planning and funding requests. The community data profile provided by the Center helped highlight the significant need in Sunset Park, providing a basis for leveraging public/private investment in our community. The project has subsequently formed a funding advisory group of seven foundations and banks, with an initial investment of close to $30,000 received from the Brooklyn Community Foundation and M&T Bank. This is a prime example of just one of the benefits that the Center can provide for a community-based organization.
The Center for the Study of Brooklyn serves as a data clearinghouse that can provide valuable tools for organizations to access current Brooklyn neighborhood statistics, which in turn can help identify community trends to drive program design and help develop targeted interventions. The Center also provides technical assistance to build organizational capacity to further assess community needs, analyze program impact, and inform quality improvement." - Kathy Hopkins, Director of Community-based Programs, Lutheran Familty Health Centers