City Students Advocate for Sustained Funding for Afterschool Programs at the 12th Annual Lights on Afterschool Events

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Elected officials and community leaders will listen and respond to over 200 youth advocates in Washington Heights and Harlem

Harlem, NY – Children’s Aid Society’s (CAS) afterschool program participants at the CAS Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem as well as the Mirabal Sisters Campus and PS 8 Luis Belliard Schools in Washington Heights will rally to keep the “lights on” during afterschool in three separate events on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Lights on Afterschool is a national effort to draw greater attention to the value of afterschool programs as well as urge lawmakers to preserve funding for these vital programs. Each event is designed to raise awareness of the programs currently serving students, the impact that prolonged cutbacks have on students, and the need for sustained support of these programs.

CAS Dunlevy Milbank Center

When: October 20, 2011 – 4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Where: CAS Dunlevy Milbank Center, 14-32 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10026
What: More than 200 students will march from the Dunlevy Milbank Center to the State Office Building Plaza to hand deliver letters expressing the importance of and urging leaders to preserve funding for afterschool programs.
Who: U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel, New York State Senator Bill Perkins and a representative from Council Member Inez Dickens’ office will join students at the State Office Building to accept letters and deliver remarks.

Mirabal Sisters Campus

When: October 20, 2011 - 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Where: Mirabal Sisters Campus, 21 Jumel Place, New York, NY 10032
What: The school will host an open house event to showcase the variety of afterschool programs available at the school.
Who: Council Member Robert Jackson and Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell will be in attendance along with program participants, parents and community members.

PS 8 Luis Belliard

When: October 20, 2011 - 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Where: PS 8 Luis Belliard, 465 West 167th St., New York, NY 1003
What: Kindergarten and 1st grade students will participate in a discussion about afterschool programming; they will be creating a list of their favorite activities. After completing the list, the event will culminate with a march around the school. Children will also create their own advertisements and pamphlets to be mailed to elected officials at all levels of government.

The Children’s Aid Society is 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 Robert Rosello at 917-286-1548/917-359-8850 or e-mail or visit