Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

Life Lines: Finding Family through Musical Improv in Sunset Park

Please follow this link to read the in-depth write up of our Life Lines program, published by Barbara Cervone on What Kids Can  Ms. Cervone joined the Life Lines camping retreat and attended the subsequent “Connections” performance- where she spent considerable time interviewing our dedicated staff and participants. Life Lines: Finding Family through Musical Improv in Sunset Park captures Life Lines’ vibrant energy, use of social group work to engage and empower youth, camaraderie, and lasting impact on students.

“When we give students the permission to speak from their own experience instead of someone else’s words to interpret, it shows we trust them” said Julie Stein Brockway. “Improv demands that the students listen closely and support one another, that they take risks.”  “Connections—that’s what this show and Life Lines is all about- It recognizes the deep human need to feel accepted and to belong.”

2017 Celebrating Community Honoree

Karla emigrated from Venezuela in 6th grade, speaking only Spanish.  She grew up in our programs and now leads Life Lines at the same junior high school she attended as a young girl.  Take a few minutes to watch the video and be inspired by her story.

At CFL, we witness this energy and creativity every day, as well as the powerful human struggle to overcome challenges and gain access to the resources needed to grow and thrive.Please join us and stand with Sunset Park’s immigrant community. Make a donation today!

CFL in the News

WNYC has been taking a close look at affordability in New York — one neighborhood at a time. Now they’re turning their attention to Sunset Park in Brooklyn, which, like so many neighborhoods in New York, is getting harder to afford. Property values are on the rise, making everything more expensive.

One question for residents — and really, for all of us — is: How can we improve neighborhoods and at the same time, keep the same neighbors?

Two of our very own coop members share their experiences about becoming becoming worker owners in Sunset Park.

Listen to the segment online at WNYC, then like the post on our Facebook page.



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