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Showing Great Appreciation for Our Educators - Part Four

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Lester Feuerstein’s personal mission is to make sure his students stand a chance. As an after-school coordinator at I.S. 61 on the north shore of Staten Island, he aims to provide kids with well-rounded experiences that engage them academically, physically, and socially.

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National Foster Care Month - Part Two

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Mariama Kora’s life changed when she watched a mother get frustrated with an emotionally upset boy and then ignored him.

“Why are you mad, and why are you not attending to him?” she thought at the time. Mariama found out that the boy was in the foster care system, and she knew she could do better.

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Children’s Aid Celebrates Bronx Week

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Last week, we hosted our annual Bronx Week event at the Children’s Aid Bronx Family Center. Organized by our Office of Public Policy in collaboration with our Child Welfare and Family Services Division, the event took place during the borough’s official Bronx Week. The event marks the 16th year Children’s Aid services have operated in the borough.

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Showing Great Appreciation for Our Educators - Part Three

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As a program coordinator and educator for our food justice after-school programs, Natalie Greaves-Peters, works diligently to empower middle and high school students to explore how food and social justice intersect in their communities.

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The Power in Prevention

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According to the Center for Disease Control, teen pregnancy rates are at a historic low in the United States. Educating teens on safe sexual practices, sexually transmitted infections, and the importance of abstinence are key ways to reducing teen pregnancy. And we have found that when that information comes from other teens, it is all the more effective.

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Showing Great Appreciation for Our Educators - Part Two

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Jen Ocampo is tasked with an important part of building students’ wellbeing. As a Carrera Family Life and Sexuality Education educator, she navigates 9th and 11thgraders through some of the important topics they come across in their teen and young adult years like reproductive health, contraception, and STIs.

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National Foster Care Month

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There probably aren’t a lot of people who experience the foster care system and call it a blessing in disguise.

Then again, there aren’t many people like Krystine Dykes. She’s 28 and she basically rescued two younger brothers far-from-ideal foster care situations to give them a home they could trust and feel safe in. It was also a home she filled with love.

A Champion for Children, a Champion for the Bronx

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There are few jobs as tough as those working in child welfare. And too often, the dedicated people that work in that field do so without thanks or recognition.

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Showing Great Appreciation for Our Educators

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May is National Teacher Appreciation Month, and we would like to use this opportunity to thank our educators. Every week in May, we will shine a light on an educator from a different corner of our organization, who is working in a critical capacity to help our students achieve their full potential. This week we shine the spotlight on Jessica Roman.

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Elite Hoopsters in Harlem

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At several of our centers in Harlem, we have thriving basketball programs that do far more than develop a good crossover dribble. The exercise they provide is fundamental to good health, but kids also reap a host of other intangible benefits.

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