Brownsville Youth Association (BYA) is a community-based, non-profit organization located in Brooklyn, New York dedicated improving quality of life in Brownsville through youth empowerment.
BYA works Brownsville residents of all ages, faith-based organizations, tenant associations, educational institutions, business owners and health care providers to offer services and intergenerational programming.
BYA was founded in 1997 by Kyle Hollins, who grew up in the neighborhood.
BYA was established to create comprehensive programing that would provide essential skills needed from cradle to grave.
Committed to working with local agencies and organizations, BYA has helped strengthen the community's safety net and promote camaraderie between service providers.
BYA now works with over 300 Brownsville youth. Programs include mentoring, sports, GED preparation, job placement, and community education.
Brownsville is located in central Brooklyn, bordered by Bedford-Stuyvesant, East Flatbush and Canarsie. With a reputation as one of the most violent neighborhoods in New York City, social concerns stemming from poverty include high rates of infant mortality, drug abuse and gang violence.
Over half the Brownsville population lives below the poverty line and receives public assistance. Residents are predominantly African American, West Indian, and Hispanic.
The neighborhood is dominated by eighteen New York City Housing Authority developments or "projects." Many are named for famous Black Americans, including Langston Hughes and Marcus Garvey. Local pride runs deep.
Many notable figures grew up in Brownsville, including Otis Wilson of the Chicago Bears and Mike Tyson.
Brownsville is a neighborhood of proud people who lack educational and economic resources to improve their lives. BYA is dedicated to the youth of Brownsville. We know they can succeed and will!