Open House in East Harlem to Focus on Latino Community's Needs

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The Children’s Aid Society Launches Latino Outreach Initiative in Partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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:
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where:
The Children’s Aid Society’s East Harlem Center Boys & Girls Club
130 East 101st Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues
Manhattan

Who:
● State Senator José Serrano
● Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito
● State Assemblymember Adam Clayton Powell, IV

NEW YORK – The Children’s Aid Society’s East Harlem Center Boys & Girls Club has invited members of the East Harlem and Washington Heights communities, elected officials and other guests to an open house that will introduce them to a new initiative, developed by the national office of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Latino Outreach Initiative is designed to increase the number of Latino youth participating in programs in New York City and strengthen relationships with existing members.

A focus of the February 20th open house will be the opportunity for members of the communities to make their voices heard about issues of importance to them with officials of Children’s Aid. These issues and opinions will be used to shape future aspects of the initiative.

In addition, a resource fair will put community members in touch with services and information they need and can access from Children’s Aid and community organizations, including Pallidia, Upaca, Asthma Working Group, Bonifacio, 116th Street Association, Hope Community and Hispanic Scholarship Fund, among others.

In New York City, The Children’s Aid Society’s East Harlem Center and Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Middle Academies (public school) Campus Boys & Girls Clubs are participating in the Latino Outreach Initiative. There will be a number of future events that will be part of this initiative.

For additional information, contact the Children’s Aid staff above.

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 more than 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. For more information, please call 212-949-4938.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of more than 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, with 4.8 million youth served through Club membership and community outreach, in all 50 states and on U.S. Military bases worldwide. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff.

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