Share Your Story With The Laurelton Community


DIVAS for Social Justice and The Federated Blocks of Laurelton want to capture your experience growing up in Laurelton with our new podcast that will feature your voice at! Share your fondest memories growing up in Laurelton to be part of our new podcast. We will have our first session at The Laurelton Library on February 24, 2018 from 10:30-1:30 PM. Schedule a time with us to capture your story via audio. Bring an old photograph to be scanned to be featured at This program is sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards through the Cultural Immigrant Initiative through The Department of Cultural Affairs.  For more information please reach out to us at:


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Clarisa James
Clarisa James is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of DIVAS (Digital Interactive Visual Arts Sciences) for Social Justice. For the past seven years DIVAS has provided free or sliding scale technology training to youth in underserved communities in Central Brooklyn and Southeast Queens. Ms. James has been dedicated to youth development work for the past 15years in the roles of Teaching Artist, After School Director, Curriculum Specialist and artist. Her life's work encompasses empowering youth in underserved communities to use technology for social change and think critically about the issues that are affecting them most. For the past seven years Ms. James has facilitated workshops that help youth develop multimedia projects around environmental justice, housing, leadership development and reproductive justice. Ms. James holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College's Film & Media Department. In addition to DIVAS for Social Justice, Ms. James currently serves on the advisory board of the Children’s Cabinet, Office of the Deputy Mayor Strategic Policy Initiatives at City Hall. Clarisa James is full of gratitude to her parents for providing such a wonderful upbringing and having the foresight to move into the community of Laurelton in the early 1970's. Clarisa is proud to be a daughter of Laurelton.