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.”



Thank you to all of the friends and community partners who were able to join our 2016 Celebrating Community event, as well as to all those who generously support our programs and services year-round! Click here to view the complete e-journal from this year’s event.


Join us for our upcoming Boro-Linc: Brooklyn event!
Boro Linc- Brooklyn Presents La Casita

Hosted by poet Rich Villar on Friday, September 23.

Boro-Linc is bringing La Casita to Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and Lower Manhattan in a four-week series offering urban poetry, spoken word, and music and dance expressions. The La Casita series presents diverse artistic works representing traditions from Harlem, the South Bronx, Latin America, the African Diaspora, the Balkans, South Asia, and beyond. Each event features an interactive dance workshop complementing the day’s performances.  An impressive lineup of artist-activists convene to explore the far-reaching social, political, and expressive powers of oral and visual tradition. Here, wordsmiths share the stage with musicians and dancers to uncover how poetry, song, movement, and storytelling can unleash personal truths, construct identity, and fundamentally alter historic narratives.


LOCATION: Center for Family Life at PS 503/506

7:00 pm Bollywood music by Falu

8:00 pm Afro-Puerto Rican and Dominican dance workshop and performance by Legacy Women

CFL in the News

YES! Magazine tells the story of Damayan Cleaning Cooperative member Judith Daluz – a survivor of human trafficking, labor exploitation and abuse at the hands of past employers, who went on to start a business with other Filipina women and is now her own boss. By supporting the growth of worker owned cooperatives like Damayan through technical assistance, valuable trainings and resources, CFL helps to empower workers who have been previously silenced and marginalized.

The Center for Family Life was recently mentioned in Forbes and the Democracy Collaborative Cities Building Community Wealth report, to highlight the importance of promoting resilient local communities by strengthening locally-rooted businesses with worker cooperatives.  Si Se Puede was specifically featured in the report to illustrate the successful Brooklyn cooperative’s positive impact on worker wages, schedule flexibility, and stability!

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