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Redemption Highlights...  
Kezina Garnett,
New York City College of Technology

Nursing Major



Kezina Garnett is a graduate of Brooklyn Collegiate High School located in Brooklyn, New York. While attending High School she participated in various programs such as Redemption Youth Community Council, and The National Honor Society. She also volunteered at Methodist and Downstate hospital. In the summer of 2010 she volunteered at Methodist hospital located in Park Slope, Brooklyn where her responsibilities consisted of feeding and carrying meals to patients, carrying blood work to the lab, organized formulas on the shelves in pediatrics section, and provide patients needs.

She was recognized by The National Honor Society for her academic accomplishments and high GPA. As a member of Redemption Youth Community Council Kezina was provided the opportunity to mentor and serve as a role model to sixth graders. She believes that the most rewarding part as a mentor to sixth graders was being able to influence them to take their education seriously because it can help expose them to greater and better places.

Through volunteering she discovered that it is good to give back to her community and the exposure to numerous experiences has helped her to grow as an individual. In 2011, Kezina graduated from High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma and has been honored with several citations for being an honor student in her graduating class. Kezina currently attends New York City College of Technology where she has been accepted into the nursing program. Through her college experience Kezina has learned that “you should not get discouraged by your failures because your failures only make you stronger”.




Redemption Highlights...

Mr. Jevon Phillip-Christopher

Devry University Alumni



Jevon Phillip-Christopher is a graduate of DeVry University, also known as DeVry College of New York.  He graduated with a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering and Technology.  In his last three years at Devry Jevon remained a Dean List student due to his outstanding academic efforts. 


During his four years as an undergrad, Jevon was able to learn from top notched professionals in engineering and programming.  He was a part of his school’s IEEE Club Student Branch for engineer students, where they worked on improving their engineer skills.  Jevon was also one of three students who went to DeVry’s Florida campus to compete against other schools in a sumo robot competition with the sumo robot his club built.  In his last two years, he worked as peer tutor in DeVry Academic Success Center; assisting students in their math courses as well as other courses, such as beginning engineering courses and low level programming courses.  He was also a mentor to incoming and current freshmen students seeking a degree in Electronics, Computer, and/or Biomedical Engineering.  Jevon interned at the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) as a Network Support Engineer Aide.  He learned more about networking through his training there. 


At the end of his studies, Jevon discovered he wanted to become an Embedded Software Engineer because of his interest in microcontrollers.  As of now Jevon working on obtaining more experience to reach that goal through entry level engineer positions in companies that will eventually lead him there.  



Redemption Highlights...Honoree Zakrea Simmons

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Honor Citation



Zakrea Simmons is a graduate of Florida Memorial University (FMU) where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications. Throughout her college career she maintained being an honor roll student while serving in a number of organizations and volunteering for community service events. Zakrea has been recognized by her academic professors and peers for her outstanding leadership and participation in campus wide events.


During her undergraduate studies, Zakrea has had the privilege of being trained by some well known and experienced professionals in the broadcasting field. She was one of few students chosen to partake in her school’s first competition to produce a promotional video for the university. In her junior year Zakrea joined Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) where she served as the secretary for the FMU chapter. She completed her internship at the Miami Film Life Center located in the historic Overtown area of Miami.  She has experience in developing top enterprise stories, writing for electronic media, TV production, publication design, and video editing amongst several required journalistic trades.


Currently Zakrea resides in Miami, Florida where she will be soon pursuing her Master degree with a specialization in Marketing. With many projects underway, she aspire to eventually move back to Brooklyn where she would like to start her own non-profit organization that focus on helping disadvantaged and orphaned adolescents.



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BROOKLYN Borough President Eric Adams Presents: 











"Not In My Hood":

Join East Flatbush Village Inc.'s 6th Annual “Not in My Hood” Anti-Violence March and Resource & Health Fair on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm. This march, held in conjunction with Council Member Jumaane Williams, will be used to give our respective communities an opportunity to speak out against the senseless violence that occurs in Central Brooklyn neighborhoods- particularly among vulnerable youth. 


This march will begin at the Meyer Levin (Ralph Avenue between Beverly Road and Tilden Avenue) and will end at Church Avenue and Schenectady Avenue with a variety of educational, employment and afterschool/summer activities opportunities for youth, as well as a health fair.  





BATES Conference:

On June 4, 2016 @ SUNY Downstate Medical Center @11AM. Theme for BATES 2016 is : #BATES Building and EMPIRE: 25 Years of Youth Development. 



Prince, A celebration
April 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
At Fort Greene Park. Music from 5pm-8pm. Then Screening of "Purple Rain" (please note explicit content) @8pm.