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Monique Myers directs a summer employment program with 2,000 city youths through Alianza, a Catholic Charities agency in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. They come with varying degrees of hopes, anxieties and determination. Monique knows what that is like. She’s been with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) ever since 2013...
They came, they saw and were transformed. That’s how Pedro Mejias, Assistant Director for Catholic Charities Community Services, noted how 34 young people from the Bronx and Manhattan reacted to the trip they took to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. on June 20. Most were...
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...
The first years of a baby’s life can be very expensive. A baby can go through upwards of 10 diapers a day, which the National Diaper Network estimates can cost $70-80 a month, per baby. That’s around $900 a year. According to Walmart, new parents can expect to spend an average of $2,700 in...
Imagine all the people who landed in foster care — John Lennon. Ella Fitzgerald. Eddie Murphy. Marilyn Monroe. Steve Jobs. Ice T. Cher. Nelson Mandela. Eleanor Roosevelt. J.R.R.R. Tolkien. And about 8,000 children in New York City right now. They all ended up living with foster families—or with relatives, in...
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