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.
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
Brooklyn Voices for Children
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tips for Greener Living
Learn more EASY WAYS to make a difference.
Why Go Green: 8 Ways to Make the Case
by Trey Granger Published on July 13th, 2009
This story is part of Earth911’s “Green Eight” series, where we showcase eight ways to green your life in various areas.
We’ve all been there. A co-worker or family member throws that plastic bottle in the trash. Your response: “Hey, that’s recyclable!” In return, you get a blank stare followed by “So…Why does it matter?” While thousands of reasons flood your brain, how do you translate those into a simple, easy statement that sums it all up?
Don’t worry. We are here to sort through all the mumbo-jumbo with some stock replies that lay out easy answers to that complex question. From reduce to reuse, with a little recycle mixed in, our eight green activities are easy to translate to even the toughest of crowds.
Bored? Head outside for a bike ride or a round of tennis. You'll work up a sweet and get back to nature. Photo: Phillyburbs.com
1. Take It Outside
Why Apply: In general, outdoor activities use less energy while offering a more natural experience, and often times, cleaner air. For all our outdoor worries, we spend up to 90 percent of our lives indoors, where pollution levels are often higher than they are outdoors, based on volatile organic compounds released by paint and cleaning supplies.
How to Do It:
Take a hike! We’re not trying to throw you out but, Gorptravel.com
is a great place to find info on national parks, hiking trails and forests.
2. Power from the People
Energy use is a huge deal, but why? All energy sources, including fossil fuels, coal and natural gas, give us the ability to run our cars and power our homes. However, energy use is not without its consequences. The harvesting, production and use of these energy sources leads to byproducts and in some cases, greenhouse gases. It’s easy to know what your impact is and more important, how to effect it. There are carbon calculators
, energy audits
and even programs that weigh your recycling
How to Do It:
Monitor energy usage on your utility bill and set a target for the following month. You can find high energy-draining devices using a Kill-a-Watt
and save heating/cooling energy with a programmable thermostat. Check your next bill for a progress update and keep reducing until you hit the target.
3. Upgrade Your Plastic Recycling
You may already recycle plastic bottles in your curbside program and bags at your grocery store, and this represents a good majority of the plastic we use. But as a whole, we recycle less than 7 percent
of plastic, and often times this plastic is landfilled because we don’t know where else to take it.
How to Do It:
- Take bottle caps to your local Aveda store
- Mail used gift cards, hotel key cards and other plastic cards to Earthworks
- Ask your local shipping store if it reuses packing peanuts and Styrofoam blocks
- Your local Whole Foods may accept Brita filters for recycling
- If you have biodegradable plastic, it can be commercially composted
Add some green to your backyard and create a healthy output of resources for your garden. Photo: Rhodo.co.nz
4. Let Organics Nourish Your Yard
Why Apply: A healthy garden is beneficial to the environment. But part of every garden is yard waste, such as leaves, weeds and tree trimmings. This organic material can be combined with food waste in a composting bin, which converts it into nutrient-rich fertilizer to use in the garden. In laymen terms, your garbage from yesterday could be your free soil of tomorrow.
How to Do It: Start a compost pile
. If that step is down the line a little, you can do other things today to help get you in the swing of things. The next time you mow the lawn, let grass clippings decompose instead of collecting them. This is known as grasscycling
and provides nutrients to the remaining grass while reducing the water requirements for your lawn.
5. Give Your Car Some DIY Love
Why Apply: Many times we associate gas mileage with how eco-friendly our car is, and that’s understandable. But just because a car is capable of 30 mpg doesn’t mean you’ll automatically achieve it. In addition to smart driving, there are several do-it-yourself jobs that can improve your car’s performance and save you money. For example, under-inflated tires can significantly reduce your gas mileage and reduce the life of your tires.
How to Do It: DIY activities for your car maintenance range from monitoring/re-filling your car fluids to testing your air conditioning system. If you’re not much of a car person, make sure you stay on track for schedule maintenance with your dealership or mechanic.
6. Make Your Paperless Documents Shine
Why Apply: The idea of going paperless makes sense, especially since it accounts for about a third of our total waste. Beyond the waste factor, non-printed items can easily be jazzed up to make a better impact on the viewer. Save trees and get creative, it’s a win-win.
How to Do It: Take advantage of features offered in email programs and word processing documents. You can often import templates and choose non-traditional fonts that will stand out on a computer screen. Play with color and photos and let your imagination be your guide.
Utilize social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about your eco-activities. Photo: Foxnomad.com
7. Speak Up
Why Apply: How many times have you heard one person can’t make a difference? Regardless of how you feel about the statement, one person is not what it use to be. With the Internet, most people have a much larger reach then they did 10 years ago.
No matter how you decide to be green, you have an opportunity to educate others in the process. In today’s age of blog posts, Facebook
updates and hourly Tweets
, there are plenty of outlets to green by example.
How to Do It:
After you’ve finished making your own household cleaners
, tell others your secret recipe and steps to avoid. You can even brew extra and offer it to friends to get them started.
8. Small Things Add Up
Why to Apply: Think those things you do every day are not making a big difference? Believe it or not, you can always make your green activities even greener. Carpooling takes one car off the road, but a pair of carpoolers taking public transportation once a week takes two cars off the road. It really starts to add up.
How to Do It: Let’s take a step further. You’ve already cut your shower time to reduce water use. Now, put a bucket underneath the faucet to capture water before you’ve reached the desired temperature. You can use this clean water for plants, washing your car or even flushing the toilet while using less water. It’s tweeking your everyday effort to make it even bigger.