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Keeping the Lights on After School

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On Thursday October 20, after-school advocates across the country celebrated Lights on Afterschool. The annual event, started by the After School Alliance, highlights the importance of extended day programming from those who would know best: school staff and students. Despite the gains children receive from attending after-school programming, nearly 600,000 students are left unsupervised after school in New York State.

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Helping Team Children’s Aid Go the Extra Mile

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Who better than employees of a marketing agency to help middle-schoolers in the arts group at our Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem come up with personalized banners to support Team Children’s Aid for the upcoming NYC TCS Marathon? Well, those were our thoughts, exactly, and we were delighted to welcome about a dozen volunteers from Rauxa, a digital branding and marketing agency, to the center last Friday to do just that.

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Team Children’s Aid: Part IV

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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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