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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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Giving Parents the Tools they Need

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Using Summers to Design the Future

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We take summers very seriously at Children’s Aid. That’s because it is the perfect time for kids to make new friends, develop skills and passions, and most importantly, have fun. So, we’ve made sure to design our summers to capture everything necessary to support New York City children and their families in between school years.

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Dedication to our Mission

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Last week we saluted the hundreds of little ones who “walked the stage” as part of their collective moving up ceremonies. This week we look to a slightly older demographic.

The staff at Children’s Aid work incredibly hard. The challenges of building well-being and knocking down the barriers to learning rarely end when you go off the clock. That’s why it’s an amazing accomplishment when our staff members take on big goals, like furthering their education.

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Little Ones Taking the Next Step

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Toddlers waved and did their little dances. Mile-wide smiles brightened the stage. Parents, teachers, and staff gave a long ovation.

These are some of the sights and sounds of success in education. You will find them whenever we are marking transitions, celebrating the achievement of one academic milestone and anticipating the next—especially at our stepping-up ceremonies through the Early Childhood Division.

The Road to Rio Runs through Harlem

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The Summer Olympics comes once every four years. Countless athletes devote their lives to making the team and competing under their nation’s flag. Achieving that goal is quite often a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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