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MISSION

Brooklyn Endeavor Experience (BEE)
seeks to improve the quality of our community by partnering with local businesses, community leaders and neighbors to work together to create a clean and safe place to live and work for future generations.  BEE is an advocacy and educational organization that is creating a new generation of green-minded young people. 

BEE is about being Green!



BROOKLYN ENDEAVOR EXPERIENCE, INC.

WISHES YOU SEASONS GREETINGS


Happy Holidays and THINK GREEN!





At this time of year, we’d like to stop and say thank you to

all the visitors we’ve had, and to those who’ve joined our cause.

 

While you’re shopping for loved ones in the next week or so,
we hope you’ll remember all the great organizations that
need your help in this challenging economic climate.

 

 

 WE WISH YOU A HAPPY, SAFE 
AND HEALTHY 2010 HOLIDAY SEASON!

WHAT DOES ENVIRONMENT MEAN TO BEE?

Environmental Concerns BEE Is Focused On!


In nature, the totality of surrounding conditions. The world around you is your environment: air, sun, ground, sky, house, woods -- whatever you live within is your environment

In mental health, it is the atmosphere and the conditions surrounding you, like a good home, how you were raised and the people who you were around that shaped or influenced the way you developed mentally as you grew up.

In computer science, it is the conditions under which one operates a computer, as it relates to the hardware, operating platform or operating system. In computer hardware, it is the area of a computer's memory used by the operating system and some programs to store certain variables to which they need to frequently access.

Environment is the interrelationship between human beings, their natural surroundings and the environment they create.

Being harmful to the environment means not treating it as nature intended. Such as landfills, factories and even so simple such as not throwing garbage in trash cans. Any action that is contrary to how nature intended is being harmful to the environment.

It means the place you live at like the whole world is an enviroment and we should look after it but we do not.

Meet the Board Members

Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc.

Ms Melvinia Harris

 
Ms. Melvinia Harris is currently retired from Verizon after 32 years of service. During that time she received my Bachelors Degree in Communications Arts. While being retired and living in Fort Greene since 1971 she has worked diligently with Delia Hunley-Adossa on several committees; AYP Community Benefits Agreement Committee with Forest City Ratner, Board Member of Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc., Environmental Committee, FATHC Youth Committee, former member of First Atlantic Terminal Housing’s Board of Directors as Treasurer, Member of the 88th Precinct Community Council and Campaign Treasurer for Delia M. Hunley-Adossa Campaign for City Council. Melvinia is also a community partner with the Kaboom Organization which designs and builds playground equipment in various communities. Melvinia intends to continue her volunteer work to support the growth of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hills/Atlantic Yards community, as well as, work with the Community Benefits Agreement Executive Committee. 

 

Sabaria Pittman

 

Sabaria works for Jennie A. Clarke Residence as a Program Coordinator.  Jennie A. Clarke Residence operates in cooperation with Hope Community, Inc.  They work with the Women In Need (WIN) program which provides two types of housing to homeless families: transitional shelters and permanent supported apartments with locations in Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn. Working with community groups and public agencies, the private sector and nonprofit organizations, WIN operates seven transitional residences with 643 family units where 2,500 people including more than 1,500 children sleep each night. 

 

She has served her community in various capacities, i.e., Sabaria has volunteered with the youth of the 88th Precinct Youth Council as a mentor, is one of the coordinators for various Brooklyn block association affairs in the summer organizing for the youth and families in need.  In addition, she is one of the coordinators of the HELP (Helping, Encourage, Leadership, Potential) Program with the 88th Precinct. 

 

Sabaria is steadfast and dedicated to all of her clients; she has successfully designed, planned and organizes various events for her client base, coordinating employment and training opportunities for many residents who come into her transitional housing residential program

Saadia is a member of the 88th Precinct Community and Youth Councils, and Treasurer of the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc.

 

 

Norma Maupins

 

Norma is currently working on a Master Of Divinity degree at Nyack College and a Master‘s degree in Business Administration.  She previously worked at the National Basketball Association with the Broadcasting and Television Division where she managed a $40 million budget for Extended Markets of NBA games for Regional Sport Networks, DirectTV and In Demand.  She also Managed, departmental special events during the NBA All-Star games, NBA Play-offs and NBA Drafts.  Ms. Maupins has worked on the Community Benefits Agreement Committee since its early stages and continues to work with Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. as the Secretary, and Youth Director, as well as, work with the Community Benefits Agreement Executive Committee on various issues as it relates to the Atlantic Yards project and other projects within the community. 

 

Ms. Maupins has over 25 years of business experience having worked with Well known organizations as Xerox, JP Morgan Chase (formerly Chemical Bank), Pfizer Pharmaceutical and the National Basketball Association.  In addition to this she has spent many years working with youth and youth organizations throughout the city.  She regularly volunteers her time with a Christian youth ministry teaching dance and mime and has also volunteered with organizations such as Youth at Risk, Habitat for Humanities and the Women’s Leadership Committee for Congresswomen Yvette Clark.

 

Saadia Z. Adossa

 

Saadia Z. Adossa she has served her community for at least 15 years; currently Saadia is employed as a Community Relations Deputy Director for the Kings County District Attorney's office. The Bureau assigns Community Specialists to specific areas and a neighborhood in Brooklyn and as a Community Relations Specialist Saadia serves as a liaison to the diverse residents and communities of Brooklyn. Her ability to network and bring together community folks and organizations is admirable.  Saadia is reliable and dedicated to all she encounters. She has successfully planned, organized and conducted events for the purpose of stopping crime, sphere heading employment and training opportunities for many Brooklyn residents.  One of the coordinators of the HELP (Helping, Encourage, Leadership, Potential) Program with the 88th Precinct, founder of Moving beyond a Criminal Record seminars in the KCDA Office, including many community and civic block associations functions, etc. 

 

Saadia is a member of the 77th Precinct and 88th Precinct Community and Youth Councils, Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc., board member of CCM, and Vice Chair of the Coalition against Guns, Drugs and Violence.  Saadia community volunteerism and activism is part of her everyday life she is the daughter of Delia Hunley-Adossa and has been actively involved in the community all of her life.

  

Dequi Kioni-Sadiki

 

 

Paula Ezeigwe

 

 

Delia Hunley-Adossa

Delia Hunley-Adossa better known as “Dee” was born in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. She attended Saint Angela Academy and later attended the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where she majored in Business. With the knowledge she obtained, Delia founded and became the sole proprietor of Zaire, Incorporated Security. From the very beginning Delia felt a need to get involved in community activities. Delia has been the President of the 88th Precinct Community & Youth Council and 88th Precinct Youth Executive Director for the past ten years, President of the Board of Directors at the First Atlantic Terminal Housing Corporation, Chairperson of the Community Benefits Agreement Coalition, Founder and CEO/Executive Director of the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. (BEE, Inc.), an environmental group established December 31, 2005, member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of America, board member of Community Counseling & Mediation (CCM) working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families to overcome their personal obstacles, member of the National H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment) Network,  and a member of Community Board Two Health Environment and Social Services Committee, and former member of the Neighborhood Advisory Board.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR HISTORY

In 1992, a group of friends were eager to tackle the many challenges facing Brooklyn. Like many other caring Brooklynites they searched for an organization offering flexible, hands-on volunteer opportunities. The group took on projects such as board membership with the First Atlantic Terminal Housing Committee (FATHC), becoming Executive Board members and members of the 88th Precinct Council, youth council volunteers, members of neighborhood advisory boards and various other community based organizations.

The FATHC was formed to bring the community’s voice to the decision-making table for future Brooklyn developments like never before. The Atlantic Yards Project is one of many projects that the developer, Forest City Ratner has completed in the Fort Green Clinton Hill community. Political officials and other leaders were entrusted to represent the community, but the results were minimal. The First Atlantic Terminal Housing Committee was involved with the formulation of the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) and once acclimated with the development, decided to remain involved.

FATHC eventually became Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Incorporated (BEE) in an effort to broaden the scope of its work and have a greater impact on the Brooklyn community. BEE was incorporated in 2005 and received tax-exempt status in July 2008. BEE remains a community partner for the Atlantic Yards Project and runs youth programs including Safe Places to Learn and Grow to promote environmental awareness among young people. Our mission is to improve the quality of our community by partnering with local businesses, community leaders and neighbors to work together to create a clean and safe place to live and work for future generations.

MEET THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc.

Delia “Dee” Hunley-Adossa 
Executive Director


Delia Hunley-Adossa better known as “Dee” was born in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. She attended Saint Angela Academy and later attended the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where she majored in Business. With the knowledge she obtained, Delia founded and became the sole proprietor of Zaire, Incorporated Security. From the very beginning Delia felt a need to get involved in community activities. Delia has been the President of the 88th Precinct Community & Youth Council and 88th Precinct Youth Executive Director for the past nine years, President of the Board of Directors at the First Atlantic Terminal Housing Corporation, former Treasurer of the Board of Directors at the North Crown Heights Family Outreach Center Inc., Chairperson of the Community Benefits Agreement Coalition, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. (BEE, Inc.), an environmental group established December 31, 2005, Executive Board member of NYSAMC, on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of America, board member of Community Counseling & Mediation (CCM) working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families to overcome their personal obstacles, member of the National H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment) Network,National Organization for Black Law Executives (NOBLE) member, NY State Licensed Chaplain L.A.C.A., board member of the Coalition Against Guns, Drugs and Violence, and a member of Community Board Two on the Health, Environment and Social Services Committee, and former member of the Neighborhood Advisory Board.

It is through Delia’s community involvement that she has become known for her integrity to the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill community and beyond. She has received numerous awards for her hard her work and dedication. Delia has been instrumental in establishing numerous community based programs for the youth and senior citizens. She is directly responsible for the developing and coordinating the 88th Precinct Youth/After School Program, 8-week Summer Youth Program, Senior Trips, and Thanksgiving Luncheon. These programs have greatly improved the quality of life for the community as well as enhance police/community relations. The continuation of the Community Council programs is essential in maintaining the quality of life in the community and sustainability. The program that Delia is most recognized for is the HELP (Helping Encourage Leadership Potential) Program. The HELP Program identifies youth that have engaged in socially deviant behavior. The goal of the program is to impart positive social values to the youth in the community. In addition, the HELP Program encourages the development of leadership potential through volunteerism, positive role models and peer motivation. These programs would not have been possible without the direct involvement and leadership of Delia.

Delia enjoys people, is a computer enthusiast, very fond of sports, and despite her demanding work schedule, still finds time to spend with her FAMILY who is very supportive and loving. Delia operates under the principles of openness and fairness. She accepts as true that “Greatness is not what you achieve, it is what you inspire others to achieve”. She believes that “we as individuals compliment each other, when we work as a team” and that our strength is shown in the things we stand for; our weakness is shown in the things we fall for.” It is these beliefs that make Delia Hunley-Adossa “Dee” an asset to the people of Fort Greene/Clinton Hills and Prospect/Crown Heights Community and Brooklyn.

PARTNERS

ACORN


ACORN is the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people with over 400,000 member families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the country. Since 1970, ACORN has been building community organizations that are committed to social and economic justice, and won victories on thousands of issues of concern to our members, through direct action, negotiation, legislative advocacy and voter participation. ACORN helps those who have historically been locked out become powerful players in our democratic system.
 
Brooklyn Voices for Children

 

BUILD


BUILD is an organization committed to supporting development as a means of creating economic opportunities to promote financial self-sufficiency and prosperity in socio-economically depressed communities. 

 
DBNA
The DBNA will form and facilitate a Community Facilities and Amenities Council to establish an ongoing mechanism for community input to achieve its objectives.
 
Faith in Action
Faith in Action brings together people of many faiths to help their neighbors in need. Faith in Action volunteers shop, cook, drive or just check in on the millions of Americans with long-term health needs.
 
NYSAMC

The New York State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors [NYSAMC], which is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a non-profit corporation with the mission of advancing and promoting the mutual interests of minority and women contracting firms based in the State of New York. NYSAMC is the NYS Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, which is headquartered in Washington DC.
 
PHC
PHC will form and facilitate a Public Housing Council to establish an ongoing mechanism for community input to achieve its goals of inclusion of NYCHA Residents.
 


 
 

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 Tips for Greener Living

Learn more EASY WAYS to make a difference.

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IDEAS FOR LIVING GREENE
Michelle K. Boscia, CLTC




Creative Ways to Green Your Wardrobe

We've all heard the mantra: reduce, reuse, recycle. But, did you know that you could adopt such sustainable behavior when it comes to the clothes in your closet? With a little creativity and imagination, you can reduce clutter, reuse items you already have, and recycle old stuff into unique, new outfits. Besides looking good, you'll be protecting the environment for future generations.

Consider the following tips to green your wardrobe:

Turn old clothing into new outfits: Take some time to dig through your closet, and pull out items that have gotten lost in the clutter. Try combining these items in new ways. A mid-thigh dress could serve as a tunic with jeans, or an old scarf could be turned into a new belt. When you buy new jeans, turn an old pair into cut-offs.

For every item of clothing you buy or receive as a gift, give one item away: Most of us have items of clothing that we haven't worn in months, or even years. Your closet could be full of items you could donate and never even miss. A good rule of thumb is if it has been hanging in your closet for one year and you haven't worn it, donate it to charity.

Remember, fashion is cyclical: This means that old clothes from the 70s and 80s, including hand-me-downs, are back in style. Dig around your parents' and grandparents' closets and attics for old clothing and accessories that are so outdated that they're back in vogue. One of dad's old, plaid ties, for example, can add flair to any outfit. Or, grandma's old lace-up boots may look great with a long skirt. Broaches from a bygone era can add an eccentric flair to plain sweaters or jackets.

Hunt for treasures in consignment shops, in thrift stores, and at yard sales: Shopping for vintage clothing at second-hand shops has several perks. First, the price is right. You may be able to get five or six items for the price of one item at a department store. Second, you aren't likely to see someone wearing the same thing. Third, everything you buy is already soft and broken-in, particularly jeans. So, go ahead and hunt for treasures. Just be sure to wash before wearing.

Shop online for green deals: You can find just about anything on the Internet these days, including specialty green clothing, clothing made from recycled materials, or all-organic lines. The organic clothing market is growing quickly, which means that products are becoming more affordable and more accessible. You can find pure, durable fabrics that are made in sweatshop-free environments and certified fair labor apparel, which means that the items have been produced with socially responsible practices both in agricultural production and all stages of the post-harvest production process.

Resist fads: Stores that pass quickly from trend to trend are often filled with cheap, poorly made clothing. While they may be budget friendly, they are often wasteful, especially when you consider manufacturing and shipping. Instead, seek to purchase classic clothing that is well-made. A select few pieces may last longer, and you won't have to replace clothing as frequently.

Host a clothing swap: Invite some friends to clean out their closets and gather swappable items, including clothes, shoes, and accessories. You may limit the items per person to about ten or twelve, and remember, the more swappers you invite, the more sizes and styles will be available to other swappers. Generally, garments and/or accessories are checked in before the exchange begins. In return for their items, guests are given one button or ticket per item, which serves as currency for buying new items. After the swap, any leftover items may be donated to local charities.

Greening your wardrobe involves more than just color. You can do your part to protect the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling your clothing.

Live and Let Live:
Tips for Animal-Friendly Living

From family pets to wildlife, all animals deserve to be treated humanely. Consider the following tips to promote harmonious coexistence with our furry friends:

  • If a bird accidentally becomes trapped inside your home, wait until dark. Then, turn off all indoor lights, open a window, and turn on an outside light���the bird will usually fly out toward the light.
  • Birds have been known to nest and raise their young in chimneys. If a bird sits on top of a chimney for warmth, it can inhale toxic fumes or fall down the chimney. To avoid this, cap your chimney. This will prevent birds, squirrels, and other animals from entering the chimney. It will also keep out rain and leaves.
  • Hold on to those helium balloons! They may rise gracefully, but they eventually come down as litter. Sea creatures like turtles, dolphins, and whales often mistake them for jellyfish. If swallowed, they can cause an intestinal blockage and result in death.
  • Twine, rope, and wire can all get tangled around an unsuspecting animal. When disposing of twine or rope, tie it into a big knot. Twist wire into a ball or knot and throw it in a trash can.
  • Dispose of plastic properly. For example, the plastic that holds a six-pack of cans together can look like food to an animal if it ends up in water. Animals can get hurt or killed when these get wrapped around their mouths or necks. Always cut plastic six-pack holders into little pieces and dispose of them in a trash can.
  • Whether floppy-eared or cotton-tailed, wild rabbits are adorable and entertaining���unless they are destroying your newly planted flower beds and vegetable gardens! To keep rabbits away from your crops, cut corn cobs in half and soak them in vinegar for 24 hours. Place them in your garden and replace every two weeks or so. The smell of vinegar is a natural rabbit repellent.
  • If squirrels are digging up your yard in search of food, deter them and other animals by planting non-edible flowers, such as daffodils. Or, after planting, lay a mesh wire over the soil. Be sure the openings in the mesh are big enough for the plants to grow, but not big enough for animals to invade.
  • Feeding wildlife, including birds, creates an artificial food source that will also attract other animals. Be cautious before leaving any food outside for wild neighbors.
  • Be sure there are no food sources available by keeping garbage containers sealed and only putting your trash out on pick-up day. This will help keep squirrels, raccoons, and other small animals away.
  • Yellow jackets are less likely to sting if they are not disturbed. If one is nearby, simply cover your face with your hands and slowly walk away. They are more likely to sting if they feel threatened by swatting or any quick movement of the arms or legs. Stay calm and move slowly.

Our everyday actions have a rippling affect on the environment and the other creatures with whom we share the planet Earth. Why not create an inviting space in your yard or garden for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other creatures? The more time you spend simply observing wildlife, the more you will want to live and let live.

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I specialize in long-term care insurance plans that are affordable and comprehensive for individuals, associations, or businesses. I can help assist you in designing the proper plan for you and your family.

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