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A Holiday Home Run

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Major League Baseball has had a longstanding relationship with the Boys & Girls Club, which means they’ve been a great source of support for the four clubs connected with Children’s Aid. The latest measure of that support came last week. MLB asked for letters to Santa from 50 of our kids at East Harlem Center. Then they sent a bus uptown to get the kids along with some of our staff and bring them to their midtown headquarters for food and fun.

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Stellar Service Recognized

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The members of the Keystone Club at East Harlem Center have a history of thinking big. Last year, they created an initiative called #KnowYourRights that helped educate teens about their legal rights while encouraging them to improve their relationship with local police. The project drew a lot of praise.

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Finding Success in Community

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Another fall semester of MSG classroom came to an end this past week. The latest group of students from Hope Leadership Academy and Fannie Lou Freedom High School closed out the nine-week program with MSG Networks and the Garden of Dreams Foundation, during which they learned behind the scenes work of television production and sports coverage. 

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Youth Empowerment Summit

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Last month, our Go!Healthy Food Justice program partnered with a coalition of youth food justice organizations, including Added Value, Bushwick Campus Youth Food Policy Council, Community Food Advocates, East New York Farms!, EcoStation:NY, Friends of the High Line, New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, and Teenergetic, to organize a Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S.!) for food justice advocacy.

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A Tradition Endures

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This summer, we heard some bad news. The Hogs & Heifers Saloon in lower Manhattan closed.

For three years, this biker bar had rallied its clientele to pool together money and buy thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts for kids in our Preventive Services program. They would rumble up the West Side Highway and make a grand entrance at our Milbank Center and help brighten the holidays for 300 of our children.

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And the award goes to...

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The Other Side of Sports

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Many young people dream of becoming athletes, but few dream of becoming the journalists who cover them. Purpose2Play, sponsored by the T.J. Ward Foundation, is hoping to change that. Kim Constantinesco founded the organization in 2013 to shed light on the positive side of sports, and Purpose2Play partnered with the Milbank center this past October to introduce students to sports journalism.

Pfizer Celebrates Halloween at Milbank

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The Pfizer Global Oncology group visited the Dunlevy Milbank Center on Tuesday, October 27. They provided 50 children, in preschool through second grade, with the Halloween costume of their choice. Elsa from Frozen and Batman were big favorites at the center. Pfizer volunteers brought along Halloween treats in addition to the costumes and also played some games with the children.

Thank you, Pfizer, for bringing some more fun to Milbank.

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Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

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The Family Wellness Program would like to invite you to join us in recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  On Monday, October 26, the Upper Manhattan Domestic Violence Services Coalition will hold its annual awareness event: Walk and Speak Out.

Children’s Aid Celebrates Community

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On Wednesday, September 30, The Children’s Aid Society’s Family Success Network hosted more than 20 families for “Celebrate Africa Night,” a cultural evening of food, entertainment, and community building.

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