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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.

Getting into High Gear

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A huge advantage to being an organization with a storied history and well-established presence throughout New York City is that great opportunities often come our way. That was the case with SoulCycle, a national fitness company that offers indoor cycling, or spin, classes. 

Future Policy Leaders

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For nine years running, The Children’s Aid Society Community Building Summer Internship (CBSI) program has provided high school and college-ready youth from high needs neighborhoods with the opportunity to intern in the offices of their elected officials. This summer, CBSI placed 15 students in different offices within all three levels of government.

AileyCamp: Inspiration

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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.

Seeing is Believing

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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.

Staten Island Officials Tackle Summer Learning Loss

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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.

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