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Reaffirming a Commitment to Community

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Rio on the Hudson

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Earlier this August, our very own Children’s Aid Olympians competed at the Citi-sponsored “Rio on the Hudson.”  74 campers from our P.S. 5 and P.S. 152 campuses in Washington Heights attended the event, which was held at Pier 26 Hudson River Park.

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Lessons Learned

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Making a Commitment to the Bronx

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Crystal Jones calls Wisconsin home, but if her day-to-day life says anything about her, she might also now say the same about the Bronx. She’s getting her bachelor’s in social work while working part time at the Bronx Alehouse, where she’s able to expand her interest in craft beers. Her goal is to land a job with either a foster care or adoption agency.

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AileyCamp: Blueprint of a Dream

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If you were to ask any audience member at this year’s AileyCamp finale, they would almost certainly be able to make a strong connection from the performance to a dream. Flowing from jazz to ballet to hip hop to West African and more, each presentation mapped out a story through dance. 

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Paying it Forward

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At Children’s Aid, we guide our youth in their journey towards independence by teaching them the skills and knowledge necessary to function in the adult world through quality work experience.

Manny Torres, 22, was a participant at two Children’s Aid after-school programs in Washington Heights: P.S.5 and P.S. 152.

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Summer Reads on Staten Island

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Studies have shown that summertime can be perilous for kids—and not because they’re more likely to get poison ivy or have a nasty encounter with a yellow jacket. No, we are talking about summer learning loss. And young people from low-income neighborhoods are more likely to lose academic ground than their peers in more affluent areas.

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Seizing Her Opportunity, Again and Again

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Ten years ago, Betty Sanchez arrived from the Dominican Republic speaking not a word of English. She quickly found Children’s Aid and the adult education program at Salomé Ureña, where she enrolled in an English-language-learners class, helped by the fact that she could both read and understand it.  

And she never left.

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A Force in the Pool

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The pool at Milbank is a bit of a treasure in Harlem. It’s not always easy to get swim time in urban settings, and countless young people—and plenty of adults—have learned to swim on West 118th Street.

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East Harlem Comes Together

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Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker for the New York City Council, has always been a steadfast supporter of the youth in her district. Every year, one way that support takes shape is in the Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action East Harlem Youth Fair, which took place outside of our East Harlem Center last week. Her office presented it in conjunction with the El Barrio/East Harlem Anti-Violence Task Force.

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