Local Teens Successfully Lobby for Traffic Light in East Harlem

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Ceremony to Feature Children’s Aid Society Teen Members of Leadership Club, Elected Officials and Department of Transportation Manhattan Borough Commissioner

Contact:
Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:
Monday, October 27, 2008
3:45 pm

Where:
Corner of 101st Street and Third Avenue, East Harlem

What:
Teens from The Children's Aid Society East Harlem Boys & Girls Club successfully advocated for a traffic light on a corner near the center.

Cecelia Torres, 17, president of the center’s Keystone Club, spearheaded the campaign along with another teen, Michael Medina, 16. Joined by other youth from the East Harlem Keystone Club, they drew up a petition for a traffic light on 101st Street and Third Avenue and presented the signed petition to the local community board.

New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote a letter of support, which was submitted along with the petition to the New York City Department of Transportation. The DoT conducted a study and found that the corner warranted a traffic light.

These teens are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Keystone Club at Children’s Aid’s East Harlem Center. The Club enables young people to develop leadership skills and build character through community service and fundraising.

Who:
- Teens from The Children’s Aid Society’s East Harlem Boys & Girls Club
- Margaret Forgione, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
- New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
- New York State Senator José M. Serrano

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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