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The FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit will begin holding regularly scheduled free CPR classes in all boroughs starting on Tues., Jan. 5. The first Tuesday through the fourth Tuesday and the fourth Thursday of every month there will be Borough CPR training sessions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens.

Training is free to anyone over the age of 14. The goal of this program is increase the number of people in New York City trained in bystander CPR. Each class lasts one hour and participants in the class learn basic CPR skills from a member of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. Volunteers for the class follow along using the CPR Anytime Personal Learning Kit, which features an instructional DVD and an inflatable mannequin. All participants are able take home the kit at the end of class and asked to pledge to use the kit to show five of their family members and friends how to perform CPR. This class teaches basic CPR technique and is not a certification course.

In the Bronx on the third Tuesday of every month, training will be held at EMS Station 18, 1647 Washington Avenue. Call (718) 999-2413 for more information.

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SoBRO announces that a grant of $18,000 was awarded by Con Edison to SoBRO to support the Green Vocational Training component of SoBRO’s Disconnected Youth Training Program. The Green Vocational Training component is targeted to 20 youth between the ages of 18-24 who are out of school and unemployed. The track will prepare participants to work on green construction and deconstruction projects as well as Brownfield sites—vacant or underutilized properties whose reuse is complicated by the presence of contamination—located throughout the city. Brownfield remediation is a growing sector in New York City with promising career prospects.

The Green Vocational Track will use a multifaceted approach to target the career development of its participants. Program counselors plan to work individually with youth to determine their needs and skills and develop an individual employment plan for each participant. All program clients will participate in a two-week work readiness training based on the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC) curriculum, enroll in GED courses, and be offered personalized job placement assistance. SoBRO has partnered with over 50 Brownfield remediation firms that have expressed strong interest in working with SoBRO to employ the graduates of the vocational training program. In addition, SoBRO works closely with the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation and has enlisted the Office’s support in finding employment opportunities for program participants.

SoBRO has a strong tradition of providing services to underserved youth and young adults. SoBRO began serving youth in 1993 through work readiness programs and significantly expanded its capacity in 1997 through the establishment of SoBRO’s own Youth Development Department, which provides services such as learning-to-work programs, middle school outreach, and educational projects.

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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts delivers the world of dance to the Bronx with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet of San Francisco on Sun., Jan. 10, at 6 pm.

This celebrated contemporary ballet company offers a unique global artistic vision that includes rich collaborations with composers, musicians, and visual artists. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography is renowned for its ability to connect audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity—of vulnerability and tenderness, but also of furious abandon and exhilarating freedom. The Company has been featured at several prestigious festivals, including Montpellier Danse and the Holland Dance Festival.

Tickets are $35, $30 & $25 (tickets for all students and seniors are $10, any seat) and can be purchased by calling (718) 960-8833. Free on-site parking is available.

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The Uptown Coffeehouse presents Mark Erelli on Sun., Jan. 10, 5 pm at the Uptown Coffeehouse (Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture Building), 4450 Fieldston Road. Admission is $15. Bronx Cultural Cards are accepted.

For more information call (718) 885-2955.

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