Brooklyn’s NonProfit HelpDesk Now Offering Courses through Adult and Continuing Education at Medgar Evers College

The NonProfit HelpDesk (NPHD), a division of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, will be offering a class and workshop this fall semester in collaboration with the Adult and Continuing Education Department at Medgar Evers College. The NPHD is offering a class in Presentation Skills, as well as a workshop on Coaching Essentials. Both are highly interactive and offer practical, hands-on experience.

“We’re delighted to be able to help Medgar Evers College with its workforce development initiatives,” says Chaya Abelsky, Director of the NonProfit HelpDesk. The classes we are offering will be of value to our primary audience of community-based nonprofit organizations, but are just as applicable to entrepreneurs, and to those working within larger organizations.”

Participants in the Presentation Skills class will learn to develop a vocal presence that gets their message across like a CEO. They will develop advanced communication skills for the workplace and for public speaking. Topics will include dealing with interviews; handling conflict and criticism; running a meeting; using language effectively; demonstrating confidence and strength by using your core; and proper intonation and melody for professional speech.

The Coaching Essentials Workshop will teach participants to use coaching skill in a day-to-day business context. Core coaching skills covered will include rapport building, listening, questioning and endorsing. Participants will learn to apply the coaching framework and skills to real work situations and will have an opportunity to practice those skills. Topics will include: how coaching differs from consulting; the value and use of different coaching/communication styles; reading company culture and policy; worker needs; building task forces to improve organizational prosperity.

Presentation Skills will be offered for $395 on November 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Coaching Essentials will be offered on November 6th for $625 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Those who are interested in registering for these courses should call NPHD’s Jen Robinson at 718-449-5000 x2222.

About the NonProfit HelpDesk

The NonProfit HelpDesk (NPHD) was created in 1992 to provide technical assistance to strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout New York City. These community-based nonprofits are a vital part of the fabric of life in the City, providing youth services, cooked meals, services for the homeless, local development and cultural celebration, as well as many other services. As the social safety net frays, these groups make a critical difference in the quality of life for neighborhood residents. NPHD strengthens these organizations by providing services, education and resources in financial management, technology, marketing and communications, and in the development of leadership, organizations and programs. NPHD is frequently able to offer its services free of charge. The NonProfit HelpDesk uses its social service background to deliver holistic support with understanding, relevance and innovation, and it has helped more than 1100 NYC nonprofits to automate their fiscal, administrative and programmatic operations, expand their management capacities, boost staff efficiency and confidence and ultimately improve service delivery to constituents. For more information, visit the organization’s web site at

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.