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Christina and Naquan are near in age and live forty minutes away from each other by train, but have had very different experiences in New York City. The two young people would also not have crossed paths had they not shared a similar passion: creating social impact.

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Garden of Dreams Talent Show Puts Kids Center Stage

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Through a partnership with the Garden of Dream’s Foundation, students from across Children’s Aid received the chance of a lifetime: they got to perform in front of a live audience at Radio City Music Hall. As part of the annual Garden of Dreams Talent Show, three student acts showed off their talents that blew those in attendance away.

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Oh, The Places They’ll Go

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College Access And Success Trip to Washington

Each child’s potential increases with expanded access to opportunities. So it is no accident that one of the five pillars of our College Access and Success work is exposure. The Adolescence team is working with high school teens in our programs and sites across the organization to make sure they are aware of all of their options for college.

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Honoring the Dedication of Our Social Workers: Part Two

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Lori doesn’t advise her students—she guides them. If someone is struggling with an issue, she challenges that student to consider a different perspective, rather than rely on an adult for the answer. “Helping my students reflect on their situation teaches them how they can handle it on their own in the future,” she said. “Empowerment really is the core of my work.”

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College Access Keeps the Promise

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Children’s Aid is fully committed to making college a reality for as many youth in our services as possible. That is why staff from across the organization volunteered this past month to help college-bound students and their parents submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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The Knicks and MSG Transform the Holidays

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There’s no question—the holidays can be an expensive time of year. The stress and trauma of living in poverty is present year round but they can be especially acute at this time of year because all parents want to do the very same thing: make the holidays a joyful time. And children get some of that joy when they receive toys and other treats at this time of year.

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The Joy of Adoption

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As a child, Margarita Merced always wanted to make a difference in the world. Today, she’s doing that as a foster mother.

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Recognizing a Force for Good

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Putting Domestic Violence in the Light

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October is nearly on its way out, and it was an exceptional month for raising awareness about domestic violence. The Family Wellness Program took part in several events, and the capper was this past Monday with the Shine the Light in Harlem march. A number of Children’s Aid staff walked behind one of our banners, and Manny Yonko, Director of Family Wellness Program, spoke out against domestic violence on behalf of the agency.

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