project leader
Joy T
305 Howard Ave
(OceanHill/Bedford-Stuyvesant )
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the project

My project would provide a physical improvement to children with disabilities by offering Mediations and yoga to children and using Art in the park session as a therapeutic with getting to listen to our minds and body. Our Art in the park project is to help kids use their surroundings to show how they are feeling. It gives the children the freedom to express themselves through Art and mediation. By providing recreational activities on how to be healthy and improve wellness.

the steps

Once funded, we will provide afterschool and weekend recreational, instructional physical, social, behavioral, and emotional support activities in Bedford- Stuyvesant/Ocean Hill Communities for children with special needs. These activities will provide these young children the tools to have a quality of life enriched with acknowledgment and recognition that they are a resourceful group of young people who will grow up to be adults, making essential contributions to our society and way of living. We will use multiple measures to identify each child's needs and provide a safe, inclusive, supportive environment, therapeutic intervention services, and community acceptance. THE ESSENCE OF JAYCE is a community-based non -profit organization in Brooklyn providing one-to-one and small group support helping children and young adults with physical and cognitive challenges find a place of belonging. We help build a community with local families by providing enriching recreational, engaging social and skill-building activities for their loved ones, bridging families through similar experiences while forging bonds and community at no cost to their families and caregivers. We believe no child should miss out on sports and physical activity benefits. Our sessions give each child a chance to play games, make friends, and, most importantly, have fun.

why we're doing it

The need that my organization is aiming to address is the lack of services that children with disabilities have. I would like to fill the gap that all children have the resources to thrive. The challenge we face is not having the space to operate day-to-day. We want to bring one-on-one activities for children with disabilities by utilizing our community, such as Art in the Park, Kids Mediation & Yoga programs. An educational-based communities garden and a bookmobile where we hold Storytime and Book giveaways for the children in the community once a month. The services we provide would be Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy. We require an indoor space during the winter month to operate the services we would like to provide. We want to support children with special needs and provide resources for their families. Many disabled children in Brooklyn do not have physical activity outside of limited PE during school hours and therapy sessions. Being physically active has many benefits: improving physical health, mental well-being, encouraging social interaction, and developing gross motor skills to communication skills.


Funds will go towards: youth programs and youth workshops. 

  • Art supplies
  • Yoga equipment plus an Essence of Jayce tote bag.
  • Park stewardship projects and supplies.
  • Safety supplies and needs (e.g., personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitation measures, etc.).
  • Public programming focused on community health and wellbeing (including physical fitness and mental health).


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ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
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