Teen Development

Youth Celebrate Their Mentors

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In honor of National Mentoring Month, members from the Children’s Aid Society’s East Harlem Center’s Project LIVE program treated their mentors to a dinner at Chef Ho's Peking Duck Grill on Wednesday, January 29.

Youth Honor Dr. King with Day of Community Service

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Last week, schools, banks and government agencies all kept their doors closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day but some dedicated youth leaders at the Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center were hard at work inspiring their younger counter-parts to give back to their community.

City Releases Universal Pre-K Implementation Plan

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Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio released a detailed plan for implementation of his proposed full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program this September. The plan, which relies on an increase in the personal income tax rate for high-income New York City households, would provide full-day UPK programs for over 53,000 four-year-olds across the city by September, with an increase to over 73,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. Children’s Aid supports de Blasio’s plan.

An Evening with Acclaimed Author Cris Beam

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Please join us for an evening with author Cris Beam, who will discuss her acclaimed book, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care. The New York Times has called it “a triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling.”

A panel discussion (moderated by Mary Keane from You Gotta Believe) will follow on the unique challenges for teens in foster care and what it will take to improve the system.

CAS Students Interview Metta World Peace

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Right before a Knicks vs. Bobcats basketball game last semester, Children’s Aid students Binta Diakite and Terrell Dixon sat down for an exciting interview with Metta World Peace of the New York Knicks.

NY Giants’ Justin Tuck Headlines College Savings Program Launch

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New York Giants’ football star Justin Tuck joined the Citi Foundation and the 1:1 Fund yesterday at the Children’s Aid College Prep to launch a new initiative helping students save and plan for college. A select group of students from AAMI and 100 first and second graders from the charter school are the first group of students to participate.

The program is called CAS College Savers, and all students who sign up for a CAS College Savers account will receive a $100 seed deposit, dollar-for-dollar matched contributions of up to $100 during the first school year and additional matches and incentives as families contribute to the accounts. Initial funding for the program is provided through a $100,000 grant from Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a philanthropic initiative established in 2008 by Tuck and his wife Lauran.

The Citi Foundation has supported this initiative by creating a comprehensive program that includes a college readiness curriculum, financial education for children and parents and a matched student savings plan. The 1:1 Fund, a project of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), allows individual donors to make contributions to the CAS College Savers Program through an online marketplace, which are matched by CFED.

In the United States, graduating from college is the most effective strategy to break intergenerational cycles of poverty. However, less than 10% of students from low-income families graduate from college by their mid-20s. Research demonstrates that dedicated children’s savings accounts–combined with financial education–significantly improve a student’s ability to save for, enroll in and complete college.

The CAS College Savers program joins a growing list of similar efforts in San Francisco, Nevada, Ohio and elsewhere, empowering disadvantaged students to achieve college graduation.

Fannie Lou Students Host a Fresh Foods Youth Market

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Children’s Aid community school Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School recently held its back to school night, where students kicked off the new year in good health by organizing thei

AAMI Hosts “The Central Park Five” Screening, Panel Discussion

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On Tuesday night, several dozen young men who are part of Children’s Aid’s African American Male Initiative (AAMI) attended a screening of the 2012 Ken Burns documentary, “The Central Park Five.”  The documentary recounts the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino teenagers for the brutal

EXCEL Keeps College Dreams in Reach at 2013 Graduation

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This past Friday, June 14, The Children’s Aid Society’s EXCEL Program (Education eXecellence Creating Empowered Leaders) graduated 47 high school seniors and 25 college graduates at a li

27th Annual Parent Family Life & Sexuality Graduation

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