On December 20, 2017, the S.O.S. Crown Heights and the Mediation Center’s Youth Programs Team held a Holiday celebration at Repair the World. The evening began with a performance by Flex Dance, a local performing arts organization. More than 100 people—staff and participants from YO S.O.S., Justice Community Plus (JCP), S.O.S., Make It Happen, and community members—attended the dinner. At the event, JCP and Anti-Gun Violence Youth Employment (AGVYEP) participants led the setup and cleanup portions of the night, did crafts with the kids, served food, and DJ’ed the event. Two lawyers from CAMBA tabled at the event to provide information about housing resources.

Dinner guests enjoyed delicious food and time to interact and socialize with one another.  One of the highlights of the evening was a dance party that opened up after dinner, where community youth and their families danced together to music provided by a participant from JCP. Towards the end of the night, all children and teens received gifts of headphones, portable chargers, other phone accessories, and toys. As well, event attendees were encouraged to take leftover food and distribute it to community members in need. Thank you to our generous donors including Olive Garden, Island Burger, Billy’s, Pizza Hut, Outback Steakhouse, United Health Care, Modern MD Urgent Care, Park Slope Parents, and the Park Slope Civic Council for providing dinner, desserts, and gifts for the children and teens! Overall, the Holiday Party was a success and promoted a safe and positive space for everyone who attended!