2002-12-14 / Community

‘Workshop Series’ Begins In 2003

‘Workshop Series’ Begins In 2003

In January 2003, Weed and Seed will start up their "Workshop Series." This program is a series of community training programs.

Last season Weed and Seed ran three workshops: Basic grant writing taught by Christina Lyndrup, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Grants Administration; Introduction to the Internet taught by Frank La Rosa, NYPD Management Information Services Division; and Basic Grant budgeting taught by P.O. Mary Craine-Bachner, Far Rockaway Weed & Seed Coordinator.

This year’s first workshop will be an in-depth training course on "Grant Writing" for community organizations and groups wanting to learn how to apply for foundation funding. The course will be a full day planned for January 2003. Date will be discussed at the upcoming December steering committee meeting.

Weed and Seed was able to produce their sites newsletter that was unveiled at the Multicultural Family Festival in August. The coordinator, P.O. Mary Craine-Bachner, is presently waiting for organizations and groups to submit information for the next newsletter.

Last August, the Weed and Seed program partnered with PRYSE in running the First Multicultural Family Festival for the community. Some of those who played a crucial role in making the festival successful were the 100 and 101 Precincts, and Transit District 234. They plan to do it again in 2003. Other plans for the upcoming year include:

  • Workshops will be more advanced, more hands-on exercises so you will be prepared to apply for funding.

  • The Weed and Seed website will be up and running.

  • Rockaway Artists Alliance will be designing the entrance of the 101 Precinct to make it more community friendly.

  • Boys and Girls mural will be completed.

  • The Queens Library, P.A.L. Queens D.A.’s Office and the 101 Precinct programs will continue.

  • New "Explorers" will begin for those interested in the medical field.

P.O. Craine-Bachner has been actively involved in the Far Rockaway Weed and Seed program for the last six years.

"It is great to see how far we have come and the many wonderful community residents I have met over the years. Again thank you to everyone who has helped make this program a success," said the Weed and Seed coordinator.

"I apologize to anyone I have forgotten to thank. I look forward to both the challenges ahead and the people who will work together with me to accomplish our goal."

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