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Fort Greene Council, Inc. (FGC) is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization established in Brooklyn, New York, in 1973 and incorporated in 1974.  The Council strives to provide services at several life cycle stages, beginning with our early childhood programs and continuing with programs for our older adults.


FGC operates fourteen (14) dynamic and invigorating Older Adult Clubs in seven Brooklyn community districts and one (1) educationally advanced child education center, Young Minds UPK-4. 


In 1973, Dr. Sam Pinn, Ed Carter, and Pat Dougal, three African American men, established Fort Greene Senior Citizen Council Inc. to offer programs and services for marginalized and underserved, older adults, children, youth, and families. With support from the organization's first Executive Director, Grace Agard-Harewood, these men opened the first Older Adult Club named Fort Greene Senior Citizen Center, now called Grace Agard Older Adult Club (in memory of Grace Agard-Harewood), located at 966 Fulton St in Brooklyn, New York.


Dr. Sam Pinn and Grace Agard-Harewood secured city grants that brought the founders' vision to fruition. Today, Fort Greene Council Inc. operates fourteen Older Adult Clubs and one educational center, Young Minds UPK-4.

Fort Greene Council Inc. takes pride in its long-standing history and dedication to enhancing the well-being of older adults, children, youth, and families. The organization strives to combat ageism, eliminate discriminatory practices, and provide safe environments for older adults to thrive and youth to learn and grow through arts and culture, physical health programs, nutritional initiatives, and social services. 



Our mission is simple: To provide quality programming and human service care that encourages and embraces older adults educates and empowers children, and enriches the lives of families in a challenging, nurturing, and supportive environment.


We envision a world where everyone is empowered to reach their full potential regardless of age or background. Through our commitment to the communities we serve, we aim to create a lasting impact that transcends boundaries, fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society.


For over 50 years, Fort Greene Council Inc. has been dedicated and committed to providing programs that advance the well-being of older adults, youth, and families in Brooklyn, New York.


Quality of Life:

FGC is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the people it serves through various programs and services that address their unique needs and preferences. FGC promotes independence, autonomy, and fulfilling lifestyles for every person or family we serve.

Comprehensive Support:

FGC is committed to offering a comprehensive network of support services encompassing health, social, and recreational activities. FGC strives to be a trusted resource for older adults, youth, and families, providing assistance that meets their immediate and evolving needs.

Community and Connection:

FGC recognizes the importance of social connections. It aims to foster a vibrant and inclusive community for our members. Additionally, FGC facilitates opportunities for meaningful interactions, friendships, and a sense of belonging, helping the youth, older adults, and families stay engaged and connected.

Dignity and Respect:

FGC is founded on the principles of dignity and respect for all people. We advocate for the rights of all, ensuring they are treated with the utmost respect, understanding, and consideration in every aspect of their lives.


FGC empowers everyone in our network to lead active and purposeful lives. Through education, advocacy, and support, we strive to enable our older adults, youth, and families to make informed decisions, maintain independence, and contribute to the community.

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