New Partnership Boosts Access to Culinary Training

A new partnership between RiseBoro Community Partnership and Hot Bread Kitchen brought the popular free culinary training class to RiseBoro’s Diana H. Jones Innovative Senior Center (Diana Jones Center) in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Launched in founder Jessamyn Walden Rodriguez’s Brooklyn apartment in 2008, Hot Bread Kitchen provides… Read More

Celebrating RiseBoro’s HSE Class of 2022

High School Equivalency (HSE) classes prepare adult learners to achieve their personal and professional dreams. Students who complete the course and go on to earn their HSE/GED diploma can apply to colleges and universities, earn higher wages, and advance or switch their careers. Graduates of RiseBoro’s HSE Class of 2022… Read More

Creative Aging with SU-CASA

Carolyn Walston (third from left), along with her fellow Stuyvesant All Stars, performed Afro-Caribbean dances and drumming at the Stuyvesant Gardens Senior Club’s Juneteenth Festival. Seventy-two-year-old Carolyn Walston had never before played drums when, in March 2022, she heard about a new Afro-Caribbean dance and drumming class at RiseBoro’s Stuyvesant… Read More

Brevoort Seniors Organize Creative Crochet Fundraiser

Members of RiseBoro’s Brevoort Senior Center in Bed-Stuy are selling crocheted stuffed animals to raise funds for special events and member outings. Led by member, crochet instructor, and artist Maude Davis, the group crochets the toys, called critters, by hand from their homes while the center is closed for construction. Read More

TRIO Partnership Boosts Mental Health Care for Older Adults

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five older adults over the ages of 55 experience mental health concerns. Thanks to a partnership with the TRIO program, RiseBoro is making it easier for older adults to access mental health counseling and educational services in their communities. Read More

My Voice Theatre Celebrates 25 Years of Producing Stories by and About Bushwick’s Youth  

Growing up in Bushwick in the early 1990s, Sergio Barriera had two goals. “I thought if I could get out of Bushwick without going to jail or being killed, then I’m good,” Barriera recalled. “We were kids with very low means, and there was a certain lifestyle that we thought… Read More

Cultivating a Community Garden for Seniors in Bed-Stuy  

Members of the Saratoga Senior Center’s Saratoga Grows class, including Mamie Cooper (third from left), pose outside of their on-site greenhouse with instructor Sean-Michael Fleming (far right). Mamie Cooper still remembers how to turn fresh tobacco into cigarettes—by stringing the tobacco onto sticks and hanging them up in the mornings,… Read More