115 Years of Community Activism: Then and Now
Since 1901, when New York Junior League founder, Mary Harriman, organized a group of her peers into a volunteer team to affect positive change on their city, the NYJL has been focused on improving our community through the effective action of trained volunteers.
On Wednesday, January 20, NYJL volunteers are invited to a training and leadership session focused on the community activism of our first 115 years to learn about the work our organization has accomplished over this time, beginning with our work in the settlement houses and up through the decades until now and the work we do with our community partners.
The panel will focus on our historical relationship and our current impact on the communities they serve:
- What differences the NYJL has made with each non-profit, from new ideas to new programs
- Who benefits from our work, historically and today
- How the community has transformed, from the start of our collaboration to today
We are thrilled to welcome speakers from two of our community-focused outreach partners, who will discuss their relationship with the NYJL:
- Jeremy J. Coran, Assistant Beacon Director, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc.
- Amanda Flores, Beacon Program Assistant, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc.
- Bill Fink, Associate Executive Director for Development and External Affairs, Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network (SCAN)
About our community partners
One of our longest-term partners, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center is a major multi-service social service agency founded in 1964 in the settlement house tradition. Their mission is to provide assistance to their neighbors in need and to participate in the life of their community by improving their physical, educational, cultural, and social wellbeing. Since 2009, the NYJL, through our Culture & the Arts Council has operated two programs at the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center: Artistic Journeys and Beacon to Broadway. Artistic Journeys focuses on visual arts with first through fourth graders while Beacon to Broadway is all about the performing arts with fifth through eighth graders.
Founded in 1977, SCAN is another long-time partner and a non-profit youth and family service organization whose mission is to provide the highest risk families and children living in East Harlem and the South Bronx with integrated family-focused programming that uses a positive approach, harnesses individual strengths and fosters responsibility, self-esteem, initiative and the development of life skills. Through the Child Health & Welfare Council, a plethora of current committees work with SCAN to help better children’s lives, including the Girls Leadership Institute, Cooking and Health Education for Families (CHEF), and our newest committee, Reading Rangers.
Jeremy Coran began working for the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center straight out of high school where he first served as a Group Leader at the Beacon Afterschool program and then as a Program Specialist in charge of devising educational activities to help solve behavior issues and implemented literacy initiatives for elementary school children. He moved to the Isaacs’ Manhattan East Afterschool program where he created both the ME Café Club, a budding catering company which teaches business as well as food preparation skills, and Manhattan East All Stars Club, which teaches music composition and production to middle school students. In August 2015, he became the Assistant Beacon Director and is responsible for creating and developing services and programs for middle school youth.
As Beacon Program Assistant, Amanda Flores has worked closely with the New York Junior League for many years. During her childhood, she participated in the Center’s Youth Leadership and Development programs and was an Isaacs scholarship winner. Previously, she was also an Afterschool Leader and a Take Action and East Harlem Works participant with the Center.
Bill Fink joined SCAN New York in 2014 as Associate Executive Director for Development and External Affairs, where he manages fundraising, marketing and communications for the non-profit. Bill has worked with leading New York-based non-profits for over 20 years, including Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.