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By Peter Feuerherd An increase in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) will be felt this year at Catholic Charities’ Alianza program in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. More investment in the program from the city, according to Monique Myers, Director of Youth Employment Programs for Alianza, is creating an...
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The work of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York is highlighted through profiles of an Afghan refugee who fled the 2021 Taliban takeover and a college student from the Bronx who found a solution to hunger through the work of Catholic Charities. Our Gala video features the work...
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By Peter Feuerherd Words often don’t come easily for many residents at Astor Services for Children and Families in Rhinebeck, who range in age from five to 14. It can be difficult to articulate childhood trauma. That’s why the Expressive Arts Program at Astor, which also operates a facility in the...
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Mentoring New York’s struggling kids has rarely been more difficult and more needed. Vidhya Kelly, Chief Executive Officer for Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring, a Catholic Charities agency, noted that Covid struck New York’s urban neediest the hardest. According to a study sponsored by the United Hospital Fund, of the 4,200...
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For Eddie Silverio, Director of Youth Programs, this summer will be remembered for the smiles on the faces of young people from Harlem, the South Bronx and Washington Heights splashing in a pool together while learning how to swim. It may not sound like much, but it’s a big deal for city...
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Have you heard of Saint Dominic’s Family Services? They are a nonprofit organization that provides education and empowerment to children, adults, and entire families who are facing challenges in their community. Saint Dominic’s enables those they serve to reach their potential and live independent, stable...
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There are no leisurely summers for Onyekachi Agwu. She doesn’t waste time. The Bronx Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) worker was introduced to the program during summer vacation when she was a student at the Bronx High School of Science, among the most selective of New York City public high...
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Eddie Silverio, Director of Youth Services for Alianza, a division of Catholic Charities of New York, has seen thousands of young people make their way through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), administered by Alianza and funded by the City of New York. It’s hard to remember them all. But he...
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Deacon Rodney Beckford shares the importance of the Kennedy Center  In the wide landscape that is Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, there is a particular place where a unique kind of change is happening. At the...
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Most mentoring programs have moved online, but some wait lists are long and the rare person-to-person connection is sorely missed. Last May, a 17-year-old from Queens lost his father, an essential worker, to Covid-19. For six months, the shy and soft-spoken teenager, whose name is Ansh and whose...
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