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Teens Leading the Way

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The East Harlem Center Keystone Club has been a powerhouse in the Children’s Aid community when it comes to teen leadership. The program, part of the Boys and Girls Club (BGCA) service initiative, has given many teens in the East Harlem community the opportunity to become active in their community.

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Paying it Forward: Part Three

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Ismelda Cruz remembers her favorite memory of summer camp. In the 7th grade, she and her fellow Children’s Aid campers went on an overnight visit to Wagon Road. The campers participated in activities, cooled off in the pool, and even heard a ghost story in the woods where a staff member playfully scared them at the end.

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Paying it Forward: Part Two

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For Matthews Valdez, Children’s Aid was always a place to call home. His mother, a former Children’s Aid staff member, was a facilitator who trained many of our current employees working in Washington Heights. It was during this time that Matthews entered our services.

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Team Children's Aid: Part One

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There was a time when Angelic Pla couldn’t stand the thought of running. About five years ago, she pushed past that one-mile barrier that had proved to be her limit and discovered something new about herself.

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Partnering with the Fresh Air Fund

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Fundraising is absolutely critical for the survival of nonprofits like Children’s Aid. Every dollar counts. But some donations come with an outsized impact.

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Creating Community Impact

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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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