In certain respects, this year’s AileyCamp finale was a blur of variety and contrast. Ballet, hip hop, West African, modern, jazz. The music raced and then slowed. Girls and boys, short and tall, owned the glowing stage.
It is an often-told story: a young boy or girl struggles in school. They say everything is fine, they’re just having trouble understanding the material or provide another reason for not doing well. Then, one day, they get a vision screening, and soon after a pair of eyeglasses. Academic improvement often occurs within weeks.
Having fun is a crucial part of summer. However, we make sure that the children at our camps counter the effects of “summer slide” with structured learning time that requires campers to be engaged readers—while still leaving plenty of time for play and excitement. Children who engage in our programs experience less summer learning loss in reading than their peers.
GIRLTALK #takeover, an initiative co-founded by fashion designer and entrepreneur Angela Simmons and real estate executive Kerri Berson Levine to empower young girls with positive representation and mentorship, recently visited the Milbank summer camp in Harlem for an interactive day of fashion and fitness.
This summer, we’ve embarked on an exciting partnership with Broadway Serves, an organization made up of members of the Broadway community who want to make a difference. We’re thrilled to work with them because they have brought some incredible programming to our kids at C.S. 61 in the Bronx.
All year long, dozens of young chefs from across New York City have been perfecting their chopping techniques, learning the difference between cumin and cayenne, tasting an endless stream of vegetables and fruit, all in pursuit of the perfect recipe for their year-end Iron Go!Chefs competition.
Jesse Owens was the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals, during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Today, he’s widely considered the greatest track and field athlete in history. Yet, he also faced many challenges, and his highs and lows are explored in a recently unveiled mural at the Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem.