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.”



 CFL Brings World-Class Arts Experiences to Sunset Park with Boro Linc

We are continuing our partnership with the Lincoln Center to offer an amazing series of performances and workshops to Sunset Park families. The Boro Linc program brings free music, art, and dance experiences to our PS 503/PS 506 community school program site.

The calendar of events for the coming months includes a variety of exciting programs by organizations such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. You can read more about Boro Linc and browse the schedule of events here.

The next event is on Friday, January 20, featuring East Asian folk and children’s music:

Lincoln Center Education Presents 
Elena Moon Park and Sonia De Los Santos

The event celebrates folk and children’s music from all over East Asia, reinterpreted to mix various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories. These tunes range from northern Japanese sea shanties to Tibetan jump rope rhymes, joyous Korean harvest sing-a-longs, and Taiwanese train songs.

RSVP and more info here.


 NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative

The deadline to apply for  the Cooperative Development Program’s 2017 coop developer training and technical assistance program is Monday, November 21. To learn more about this initiative, please take a look at our Request for Proposals. If you have any questions about the RFP, please email Rachel Isreeli at

CFL in the News

A new app that promises to provide a critical boost to the sharing economy to connect customers with cooperative businesses is starting to make waves. The Center partners with the Robin Hood Foundation in developing this app that will connect coops with customers online. The project was recently profiled by Conscious Company, a publication that focuses on sustainable business, as part of its round-up of innovative companies unlocking the real sharing economy.

There’s Uber for rides, Handy for housecleaning, TaskRabbit for odd jobs, and Amazon for just about everything. These digital behemoths like to consider themselves part of the “sharing economy.” Yet, in reality, very little trickles down to the individuals actually doing the work. What if Uber were owned by its drivers? Or TaskRabbit by its worker-bunnies?

Read the piece in full here – and look out for more info when Coopify goes live!


We are thrilled that the first cooperative  business on Staten Island is set to launch! The Center partners with La Colmena Job Center and local residents to build  a thriving child care business owned and managed by its members. The coop was recently featured in the Spanish-language paper El Diario, who interviewed two of the founding members of the coop (link in Spanish).

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