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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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THE RIVERA FAMILY Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York When Adela and Martina Rivera learned last year that their mother, Olga, needed surgery for benign brain tumors, it was the potential aftermath that shattered them. Doctors said Ms. Rivera, now 40, could temporarily lose her ability to walk,...
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Moving beyond challenges at home, this New Yorker sought assistance to reach her goals. When Denisha Smith left her Brooklyn home at 14, she had nowhere to go. “Don’t even ask me where I was going,” Ms. Smith, 26, said in a recent interview. “I had no plans.” A good night was spent with...
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Photograph by Benjamin Norman Sept. 4, 2020 When Laisha Gonzalez de Peña landed an office job at a Washington Heights day camp last summer, she knew the money would help her with household expenses and college tuition. What she didn’t expect was how she, a recent immigrant who was shy and legally blind...
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