How can we better serve New Yorkers who don’t have the same access to basic services?
40% of New York City households lack the income to cover needs like food, rent, healthcare, and childcare. Meanwhile, the price of basic needs is growing nearly three times the rate of wage increases. Hear from organizations like Con Edison and Neighborhood Trust who are driving change and serving the people of New York to learn how each one of us can advocate for and support fellow New Yorkers in need.
What You’ll Learn
- Resources that are available to low-income New Yorkers
- In-depth perspectives on how to advocate and serve underserved communities
- Challenges and opportunities in working to improve living standards across NYC
- Trends within New York’s civil sector
- Innovative organizations that are making food, shelter, energy, and financial services affordable and accessible
About Be Social Change Events
In addition to gaining a better understanding of how you can make an impact through your career and life, you’ll also have an opportunity to build your network by connecting with like-motivated people from the Be Social Change community.
Healthy + Sustainable Snacks Provided – Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available. We strive to produce as minimal waste as possible during Be Social Change events – help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event.
THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SUPPORTERS
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $54 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit conEd.com.
CleanChoice Energy is a clean energy supplier with a mission to make clean energy accessible for everybody. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for customers to make a big impact on the air we breathe and on the environment. You don’t need to install solar panels or even own your home, apartment, or business space—you simply make the switch, and we make sure all the energy you use is replenished on the grid with 100% clean wind and solar power.
Bring your latest energy company utility bill (or pull it up on your mobile device) to the event for a free bill analysis and receive a $25 gift card when you sign up.
- 6:30 – 7:00 pm – Networking
- 7:00 – 7:15 pm – Intro + Collaborative Q&A
- 7:15 – 8:00 pm – Panel Discussion
- 8:00 – 8:30 pm – Q&A
- 8:30 – 9:00 pm – Networking
- Alison Kling, Project Specialist, REV Demonstration Projects, Con Edison
- Brigid Brannigan, Director of Programs, Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners
Alison Kling is on Con Edison’s REV Demonstration Projects team, where she manages battery storage and low-income solar projects. She joined Con Edison in 2013 in the Distributed Generation group, where she focused on customer communications, interconnection policy, and process improvements.
Prior to working at Con Edison, Ms. Kling worked for seven years for New York City and the City University of New York on energy policy and renewable energy.
She has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from NYU.
Brigid Brannigan joined Neighborhood Trust in 2012. In her role as Director of Programs, Brigid leads a team of financial counselors and project managers, delivering individual, group, and tech-enabled financial counseling services.
With more than fifteen years of experience in social justice and human services, Brigid has worked to address issues of financial inclusion, homelessness prevention, affordable housing, and family support in both San Francisco and New York City.
She holds an MS in Policy and Social Welfare from Columbia University and a BA from Tufts University.
Anthony Curtis has a professional career of working with youth in various capacities for more than 10 years. Anthony is the current U.S. Immersion Director at buildOn, a nonprofit organization that empowers young people in underserved communities to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. He currently runs buildOn’s Immersion programs to allow external funding partners to personally immerse, learn, and serve with buildOn students across the United States in their communities. Through buildOn’s 36 Hours program, external partners are able to “walk in the shoes” our students to learn, grow, and serve in solidarity from the perspective our local youth for a day and a half. Through buildOn’s Partnership Program, external partners are able to not only “walk in the shoes” of our students through service and community exploration activities, but also participate in a total of six sessions where they serve as coaches to students in any of the following topics: career readiness, college readiness, civic engagement, or financial literacy. Before stepping into this role as Immersion Director in 2017, Anthony worked as a Program Coordinator and Program Manager in three schools in the South Bronx. He organized and facilitate service learning opportunities for students in the classroom, after school, on Saturdays, and during holiday breaks. Anthony’s own passion for service stems from his year-long service experience in local villages in Peru.
Anthony has always had a passion for empowering youth. Before moving to New York to work for buildOn in 2015, Anthony was a high school English teacher for six years in Chicago Public Schools and three years in the suburb of Chicago, Elmwood Park. In 2010, Anthony received the Golden Apple Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching and inducted to the Golden Apple Academy of Educators as a teacher in under-resourced schools. Anthony always looked for opportunities to empower youth to see their own potential and leadership. For four years, Anthony founded and ran a male-mentoring program for young men on the west side of Chicago, the Brotherhood. This program created a safe space for young men to explore their identity, their community, and future aspirations while forming positive male relationships. From 2003-2015, Anthony also worked as an instructor and site director at the Summer Institute for the Gifted, an academic residential program for gifted and talented 4th-11th graders, at various college campuses including Harvard, the University of Chicago, University of California at Berkeley, and Vassar College. buildOn has allowed Anthony to continue his passion of empowering youth at a larger scale, and every day he is reminded of the incredible leadership and tenacity of the today’s youth.
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