Eugene tours community to discuss education, healthcare

Eugene tours community to discuss education, healthcare
Office of Council Member Mathieu Eugene

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Dec. 10 joined community advocates throughout Brooklyn to discuss educational and healthcare initiatives, in addition to helping constituents usher in the holiday season.

As a guest of PowerMyLearning, Eugene, who represents the 40th Council District in Brooklyn, toured the Family Learning Workshop at JHS 62 Ditmas, where students are given free computers equipped with educational software to support student learning at home.

The program provides students with the necessary educational tools to succeed, regardless of family income, Eugene said.

Later, he took part in National Youth Enrollment Day at the MetroPlus Health Plan Community Office in Brooklyn, where he met with GetCoveredNYC specialists to discuss the importance of educating young adults regarding their healthcare options. The event also provided on-site enrollment assistance for eligible residents.

Eugene joined members of the Church Avenue BID, the Flatbush Avenue BID, and residents at Flatbush Reformed Church to celebrate the annual Tree Lighting and visit with Santa.

On Saturday evening, Eugene was a distinguished guest of the non-profit organization, Be Good To The Children, at its “Gift of Hope,” where he was honored as the “2016 Man of the Year” for his work as part of the Haitian humanitarian relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

“I’m so proud to be here today because of the job that this organization is doing,” he said. “It is something that will make a difference in the lives of children in Haiti.

“For those of us who were born and raised in Haiti, we know that Haiti is a country of difficulties, and all children deserve the best that we as a society and a community can provide them with,” he added.

Eugene was also honored by the Haitian American Law Enforcement Fraternal Order at its 19th Annual Black Tie Gala as the “2016 Man of the Year” for his work on behalf of the Haitian community.

The group said the award was “a reflection” of the efforts Eugene has made to improve relations between law enforcement and the community.