In keeping with its motto, do good right here, the Brooklyn Community Foundation has launched its first annual Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards. The awards celebrate five Brooklynites who are making the borough a better place through altruism, philanthropy and commitment.
Among the 80 Do Gooders nominated for the award, two are from downtown Brooklyn. They are Nekesa Moody, a journalist who runs a mentoring program that connects teens with professionals and Clarence Edmondson, who helps disadvantaged pre-school children develop the skills they will need to succeed in kindergarten.
Moody is a media professional who runs First Take, a volunteer career prep program that exposes teens to the field of journalism. First Take allows Brooklyn teens to become junior journos as they hone their storytelling skills and learn to use new media tools. The program pairs youth with professionals in the field, giving them an insider view of the industry and a competitive edge in their academic and future professional careers.
As a volunteer for Jumpstart, eighteen year-old Edmondson has devoted over 300 hours to helping the children of Hanson Place Preschool improve their language, literacy, and social skills. He has even found ways to involve the family members of the pre-schoolers in the process. Edmondson’s goal is to improve children’s chances of success in school and beyond.
The public can vote for their favorite Do Gooder until mid October and winners will be honored on November 3, 2010 at the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s anniversary celebration. The Foundation will donate $5,000 on behalf of each of the five winners to a Brooklyn charity or philanthropic program of their choice.