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August 5, 2015

DDC Participates in National Night Out

The Department of Design and Construction STEAM Initiatives Division joined elected officials and community-based organizations to participate in the 32nd Annual National Night Out event. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, and 73rd Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Miguel Iglesias attended the 73rd Precinct National Night Out event at Betsy Head Park, located on Thomas Boyland Street and Blake Avenue.

National Night Out (“NNO”), “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” is a yearly event where law enforcement, city agencies, and community organizations come together to feature resources, family-friendly activities, as well as performances for the community. Residents had the opportunity to meet with elected officials and discuss ways to strengthen the community by taking advantage of the information distributed by participating organizations and agencies.  It is estimated that more than 36 million people across the country participate in the event each year.

STEAM Initiatives Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis, Program Coordinators Sandrine Fermino, Teresa Ye and Jillian Ramos, along with two DDC High School interns spoke to community members about the agency’s ongoing mission to establish a diverse and inclusive pipeline into fields such as Architecture, Engineering, and Construction for the City’s youth in underserved communities. STEAM Coordinators distributed information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and how parents can help prepare their children for futures in such fields. Children as young as 2 years-old were able to participate in the DDC’s “Wheel of STEAM”, where community members answered questions related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Art, and Mathematics to win a prize. Approximately 100 children and adults participated in the activity.