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Redfern Kids Share Necessities and Kindness with Homeless New Yorkers

Redfern Community Center kids deliver packages to homeless outside Port Authority

Redfern Community Center kids deliver packages to homeless outside Port AuthorityIt’s been a year since the Redfern Cornerstone Community Center reopened after abruptly closing its doors the spring before. In a spirit of gratitude and in keeping with The Child Center’s emphasis on giving back, the theme this summer has been dubbed Redfern Plan.

“It’s similar to Drake’s ‘God’s Plan,’” explains Redfern Director Lakia Echols. “In his music video for the song, Drake gives close to a million dollars to people in need. Since we don’t have a million dollars to give back, we decided to give back with our time and service.” Continue reading

Starting School on the Right Foot

Generous supporters provide supply-filled backpacks that make all the difference.

The Child Center is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help our children succeed in school. That’s why we’ve invested in efforts like in-school counseling and mentorship to ensure kids are socially and emotionally ready to learn.

We also make sure to address the practical things — like school supplies. Continue reading

Child Center Alumna Inspires Current Students

Brianna "Bree" McDonough at The Child Center of NY, P.S. 223

Brianna "Bree" McDonough at The Child Center of NY, P.S. 223A core principle of The Child Center of NY is that children learn best from relatable role models. Sometimes that takes the form of alumni sharing their journeys with current students.

In April, teen singer Brianna (Bree) McDonough visited our COMPASS afterschool program at P.S. 223 in South Jamaica, which she used to attend. She started at the program for the same reason many students do: for supervision. But as she found out, The Child Center’s extended day programs offer much more. Continue reading

The Child Center Hosts “Historic” LGBTQ Forum

Naija-li, youth co-panelist, speaks at the event.

As New Yorkers, we like to think of our city as one of the most progressive, where people of all walks of life are not only tolerated, but accepted and celebrated. It’s mostly true — New York is a great city that generally values its impressive diversity — but, sadly, it is also true that LGBTQ youth, even here, experience higher rates of isolation, depression, and suicide, in some communities more than others.

That’s why The Child Center of NY hosted the first ever LGBTQ Conference and Forum at our Ocean Bay Community Cornerstone in Far Rockaway on April 25. Continue reading

Message from Redfern Director Lakia Echols

Last week, we began the campaign for Far Rockaway’s Redfern Cornerstone Community Center, which closed abruptly last year. I’m from the Far Rockaway community — grew up here, went to school here, and now serve as Director of the Cornerstone program. So I know it from both sides, and here’s what I can tell you: The children of Redfern need this community center more than ever. Continue reading

Join The Rockaways Community for a Peace March and Summit on February 24

Because Enough Is Enough

The whole nation, it seems, has been in mourning these past few weeks due to gun violence. Here in our own community of the Rockaways, the heartbreak has been intensely personal, as we have lost two 15-year-old boys, Trevor Rhudd and Youssef Soliman, in the past two months to senseless gun violence.

Parents, young people, and community members of all ages are coming together to say enough is enough. Continue reading

Head Start Students Get Surprise Visit from World-Renowned Chef

Our Head Start students are no strangers to exciting visitors. Last year, the world-famous red monster Elmo dropped by. And in 2015, our Head Start students in Corona began the holiday season with a visit from then-New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales, Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry, and U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley.

But yesterday marked the first time our preschoolers were able to spend time with an internationally renowned chef. Continue reading

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