Teens who believed they could achieve win prestigious awards

Congrats: Shirley Brown Alleyne, right, and Emma Bannister accept the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from John Parrish Peede.
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Cheers to the members of the Teen Innovators Program at the Brooklyn Historical Society for winning the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for youth programs.

Shirley Brown Alleyne, manager of Teaching and Learning, and 18-year-old Emma Bannister accepted the prestigious award from John Parrish Peede, acting chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C. last week. The program, a partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard, was recognized for its effective approach to job preparedness.

Teen Innovators is a year-long after school and internship program that provides young people with numerous opportunities and explore careers, workplace etiquette, professional writing and communication, and the history of work and workers at the Yard over the past century. Since it was established in 2012, Teen Innovators has served 130 students, all from Title I schools in the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s surrounding communities.

Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights; (718) 222–4111]

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Scholarship time

FYI — Municipal Credit Union is accepting applications for the 2018 Scholarship Program. This year, MCU will award $71,000 in scholarship grants to college-bound graduating high school seniors: nine memorial scholarships worth $5,000 each and 13 grants of $2,000 each.

“MCU is deeply committed to supporting the youth throughout the communities in which our members work and live,” said Kam Wong, MCU president and chief executive officer. “We hope our scholarships will enable these students to achieve their goals and succeed in their future endeavors.”

Eligibility for participation is open to MCU members and a child or a grandchild of a member in good standing. Selection is based on academic performance, extracurricular and community activities, references, and an essay expressing personal goals. Additionally, students applying for the scholarships who are also MCU members will also automatically be entered for a $500 statewide Public Relations and Marketing Council Scholarship.

The deadline for completed applications to be submitted is Jan. 5, 2018. In addition to receiving the scholarships, all recipients will be recognized at a special awards reception in the spring of 2018.

Applications are available at the following branches; 350 Jay St.; 2142 Ralph Ave.; 1560 Flatbush Ave.; and 1904 Surf Ave., on MCU’s website,, and also at any MCU branch.

Sunset Park

It has arrived!

After a five year search, Target Margin Theater is opening the company’s first permanent home. Located in Sunset Park, the modern, industrial space includes two large rehearsal studios, office space, and a column-free, 3,250 sq. ft. performance space with 18 ft. ceilings. The theater is named The Doxsee after founding member and resident designer Lenore Doxsee (1965-2017).

“Having a permanent home finally gives us the freedom to work on each project just as it demands,” said David Herskovits, founding artistic director at Margin Target. “The space is a natural result of the growth of our mission. The building gives us a real, local home for the first time ever. The DOXSEE will help fill that void and keep New York City at the forefront of theatrical innovation.”

The Doxsee and Target Margin Theater [232 52nd St. in Sunset Park (212) 352–3101;

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Save the date

Join New York Road Runners for their weekly Open Run on Nov. 21 and 28! Whether you’re a first-time runner, a seasoned marathoner, or you prefer to walk, you’re welcome along. Volunteers track the timing and marshal the course. Leave your valuables at home as bag check is not provided. Meet at 6:45 pm for registration, the 5K walk or run begins at 7 pm .

Open to all ages. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome.

Meet at the path south of Fornino at Pier 6

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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