Inspiring New York’s Teens

By Elizabeth Molina

As a part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mission to reinvigorate the New York education system, George Washington High School for Health Career and Sciences with the support of Catholic Charities’ Alianza division, became participants in New York’s Community School Initiative.

“Community schools are a major initiative in the New York City school system” said Peter Tinguely, Community School Director at Catholic Charities. “Over 100 schools participate to become hubs where students and their families can receive services inside and outside of fthe classroom.”

By treating the school building as a member of the community instead of a large entity Alianza is able to provide a varied holistic approach to the learning. Catholic Charities’ Alianza division helps to provide immigration services, vision, mental health, academic support, educational services, college prep and provide educational trips to the students.

 “This was my first choice for high school and I’m so glad I chose to go here,” said Genesis a sophomore at George Washington High School. “Being here has been a journey that has provided me with valuable experiences that I can use in the future.”

To learn more about Catholic Charities’ mission to build a lasting community and the firsthand impact of the Community School, watch the clip above.