More than 150 children gathered to demonstrate their STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) at the “Lights on Afterschool” event run by the Staten Island Children’s Museum in partnership with The Children’s Aid Society, at its Goodhue Center. These academic skills are the foundation of the Children’s Museum’s programming and a core part of after-school services available at Goodhue Center.
Our Policy team was in Albany on February 10 to make a huge push for the Success in College Initiative, the current centerpiece of work being done by the Fostering Youth Success Alliance. Dozens of youth traveled to the Capitol along with advocates from across the state, and covered tremendous ground, meeting with nearly 30 lawmakers, urging them to make a $3 million investment in the college education of youth in foster care. Jess Maxwell appeared on two significant Albany-based media broadcasts to talk about FYSA and the Success in College Initiative.
Last November, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing that cooking classes for school-aged children has a big positive impact on food preferences and behaviors. CBS News wanted to learn more, so they came to Children’s Aid to witness our Go!Chefs program.
In mid-October, the National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) capped its 20th anniversary with a terrifically successful Community Schools Fundamentals 2014 Conference. Held at NCCS headquarters in New York City, the conference drew 254 participants representing 51 school districts, from 18 states from across the United States and South Africa, who gathered to share ideas and learn about the key issues for today’s community schools.
We are proud to announce that three members of The Children’s Aid Society family have been recently appointed to serve as members of NYC Community Schools Advisory Board: Jane Quinn, vice president for community schools and director of the National Center for Community Schools; Ife Lenard, principal of Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School; and Wanda Soto, principal at P.S. 5 – one of our full-service schools in Washington Heights.
We are thrilled to share the news that Jane Golden, The Children’s Aid Society’s Vice President of Child Welfare and Family Services, has been appointed chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Council on Children. In this role, Jane will lead key players in the juvenile justice, child welfare, family violence, and education fields, providing advocacy, reporting, and recommendations to city, state and federal leaders on behalf of New York’s youth and their families.
Chamylah General, Nyuma Gumaneh, and Ciarra Leocadio from The Children’s Aid Society have each been awarded a $1,000, $2,500, and $2,500 scholarship, respectively, from the Money Matters: Make It Count program, sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Charles Schwab Foundation. The three young women were selected as scholarship recipients for their outstanding demonstration of financial literacy.
The Money Matters Scholarship Program awards 15 scholarships annually to young people across the nation, ages 16-18, who have completed the Money Matters: Make It Count program and demonstrated their newly acquired financial literacy skills, such as managing debt and saving for college. Since 2004, Charles Schwab Foundation has presented a total of $485,000 in college scholarship grants to 237 Boys & Girls Club teens.
“Through the Money Matters program, we are able to teach our teens the skills necessary for a successful financial future,” said Ernesto Isaac, director of Children’s Aid’s Hope Leadership Academy in East Harlem. “We are proud of Chamylah, Nyuma, and Ciarra for earning this national scholarship as a result of their smart money management from the program. Thanks to organizations like the Charles Schwab Foundation, they have promising academic and financial futures.”
The young women are excited to attend college, the first step toward building a career, and are grateful for the support that the scholarships have provided. When Chamylah begins college in the fall of 2015, she wants to study forensic psychology—her career passion. Nyuma will begin college at the same time, and she will be studying pediatric nursing. She dreams of one day applying her education to build a medical clinic in Gambia, where her parents immigrated from more than 20 years ago. Ciarra will be attending Vanderbilt University this fall to study biology, and after college plans on attending medical school to become an obstetrician and gynecologist.
Through fun, interactive activities and exercises, the Money Matters program was created to promote financial literacy among teens by building basic money management skills. Since the program’s inception, over 500,000 Boys & Girls Club teens have completed Money Matters in more than 1,700 Clubs.
About The Children’s Aid Society The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, nonprofit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics, and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/(917) 204-8214, email email@example.com, or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.bgca.org/facebook and www.bgca.org/twitter.
About Charles Schwab Foundation Charles Schwab Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization funded by The Charles Schwab Corporation. Its mission is to create positive change through financial education, philanthropy, and volunteerism. More information is available at www.aboutschwab.com/community. The Charles Schwab Foundation is classified by the IRS as a charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation is neither a part of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC) nor its parent company, The Charles Schwab Corporation. (0412-2627)
The Board of Trustees of The Children's Aid Society is proud to announce the appointment of Phoebe Boyer as the agency's 11th President and Chief Executive Officer, and the first woman to hold these positions. On October 1, she will succeed Richard Buery Jr., who became Deputy Mayor to Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier in the year.
“Phoebe Boyer brings 25 years of leadership experience to The Children’s Aid Society, working on issues that are fundamental to our mission including child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and youth development,” said Mark M. Edmiston, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Aid Society. “She is passionate about helping our city’s most vulnerable children, exemplified by her incredible record partnering with exceptional nonprofits and foundations nationwide that are focused on improving the lives of children. Phoebe has long embraced the kind of mission-driven, results-oriented thinking that is a cornerstone of what we’re doing at Children’s Aid. The Board believes that she is the right choice to propel forward our Keeping the Promise vision and strategy of building a cradle-through-college pathway for children.”
Boyer is the Executive Director of the Robertson Foundation, a $1 billion family foundation created by Julian H. Robertson Jr. and his family that takes a targeted approach to supporting critical national issues, including education reform. She also served for 12 years as the Executive Director of the Tiger Foundation, founded by Julian Robertson as well, with a mission to break the cycle of poverty in New York City. During her tenure at the Tiger Foundation, the organization provided more than $112 million in funding to New York City nonprofits in the areas of education, youth development, job training, and social services. She also raised more than $200 million to support the Foundation’s work.
“I’m thrilled to be joining one of the city’s leading nonprofits, an organization that has an unwavering commitment to our city’s most vulnerable children,” said Boyer, who lives in New York City with her husband and two children. “This is an incredible opportunity to be part of an organization with a long legacy of strengthening families, particularly at this time when our city is so focused on helping children escape poverty and eliminating the achievement gap. I am looking forward to working with Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO Bill Weisberg, the senior leadership team, and the entire staff as we continue to build the full continuum of supports that young people need to succeed and thrive.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of what Phoebe has accomplished or happier for The Children’s Aid Society for choosing her as its next leader,” said Robertson. “She is dedicated and passionate and has proven herself time and again as a thought leader on the full range of education and poverty-related issues. I am certain she will prove a valuable asset for the children and families that count on Children’s Aid.”
Before her work with foundations, Boyer was the Assistant Executive Director at Inwood House, a nonprofit in Upper Manhattan, where she spent four years working to help distressed teens take charge of their lives by educating them in making sound decisions, preventing pregnancy, and building self-esteem.
In addition to her work forging partnerships between the private sector and nonprofits, Boyer also has experience working in city government. She worked for the New York City Department of Corrections, managing emergency prison construction and other related projects. She then went to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Bridges, where she rose to the position of Deputy Director of the Management Analysis Unit.
Boyer earned her master’s degree in public-nonprofit management from Columbia Business School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
For more than 160 years, Children’s Aid has focused on ensuring that children succeed and thrive—academically, physically, and socially—and move out of poverty. To realize that vision is to put college graduation within the reach of all children, and make it an attainable and desirable goal, no matter what barriers to education children might face.
The Children’s Aid Societyis an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (917) 204-8214, email firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.
Within just a few days, two tragic incidents have shined a light on the challenges facing mothers and families when they don’t have the necessary support during early childhood. An 11-month-old boy in Queens is dead, allegedly at the hands of his mother, while another mother abandoned her infant on a subway platform earlier this week.
Jane Golden, vice president for Child Welfare and Family Services, appeared on WPIX this morning to talk about some of the warning signs that a mother might show when she is overwhelmed. Most importantly, Jane emphasized that there are a multitude of services out there—especially at Children’s Aid—that don’t lead to children being taken away from their families but rather help strengthen the family and get them the help that they need to thrive.
The Children’s Aid Society is proud to announce awards of $2.5 million in grants from the New York State Education Department to greatly expand existing community school programs. Five community schools will each receive $500,000 over three years, beginning on July 1, 2014, as part of the state’s Community Schools Grant Initiative Competition.