Steve Williamson believes in the importance of giving back to the communities where you live and work. Raised and educated in N.Y.C., Steve has for many years volunteered with two organizations to improve the lives of disadvantaged teenagers and to expand access to justice for low-income New Yorkers who can’t afford to hire a private lawyer.
For nearly a decade, Steve has coordinated the Speakers’ Bureau program at the Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service, a transfer school for over-age, under-credited students in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The kids are mostly from very low income backgrounds with broken or unstable families, and more than 20% live in shelters or temporary housing. Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) developed the school in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education. Steve founded the Speakers’ Bureau, which recruits inspirational and dynamic people to visit the school and speak with students about their careers, life journeys and struggles to succeed. Steve also serves on the BCS Board of Directors.
Since 2014, Steve has served on the board of directors of the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project (“VLP”), which provides free legal services and access to justice for residents of Brooklyn who cannot afford to hire private counsel. VLP provides free legal help with foreclosures, consumer debt, family law, guardianships and other crucial areas of law. In recent years, Steve has served as an officer of the executive committee of VLP where he assists the organization with stewardship, management and recruitment.
In the special education/learning disability arena, Steve previously served on the boards of The Churchill School & Center, a Manhattan K through 12 school for kids with learning disabilities, and Eye to Eye, a national mentoring program for children and young adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.