Join Us! Race, Culture, and the Helping Professions Recruitment Conference

Join us on Monday, November 30, 5:00 – 6:30 pm for virtual workshops that explore Race, Culture, and the Helping Professions. Meet our CEO Traci Donnelly and speak directly with Hiring Managers from our Behavioral Health, Youth Development, Prevention, and Early Childhood Education divisions.

Register for one of the following workshops at

To schedule an interview with a Hiring Manager, email

Workshop #1: Tools for Self-Care and Resiliency for the Service Provider Working Remotely in times of Uncertainty and Stress  

Facilitated by Kena Acuña, MPH, ACC

This workshop will offer service providers tools for increasing self-awareness, clear thinking and a greater ability to provide treatment under pressure. Drawing from Internal Family Systems methodology, mindfulness, and somatic practices, helping professionals will learn and practice skills to:

  • Enhance personal well-being that fortifies how you care
  • Connect with your your compassion and confidence — your performance sweet spot
  • Connect more effectively with those with whom you interact and care for
  • Practice gentle ways to deal with triggers that can challenge clear thinking
  • Activate your power to support you through the holidays

Kena Acuña, MPHE, ACC, provides training to NYC educators on restorative circles and practices and Social Emotional Learning, with Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. She has led numerous workshops on practice and skills for stress and anxiety management during times of national crisis, in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. During 2020, she has been providing virtual support on practices and skills to address the emotional toll of COVID-19 and the moment of racial reckoning.  She has also been providing workshops to organizers in Chile during moments of political change. Kena is an affiliate of the Interaction Institute for Social Change.

Workshop #2:  The Impact of Migration on Our Resolve, Resiliency, and Relationships

Facilitated by Dr. Daniel G. Groody

This workshop will explore both historical and contemporary understanding of our collective and cultural journey of migration and its transformative impact on humanity.

Dr. Daniel G. Groody is the vice president and associate provost for the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as a university Fellow and Trustee. He is a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow and former director of the Global Leadership Program within the Institute. Dr. Groody draws on years of work on international migration and refugee issues. He is also the executive producer of several internationally acclaimed films and documentaries, including Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey. He teaches the courses “The Heart’s Desire and Social Change,” “Theology of Migration,” and he lectures widely around the world. Dr. Groody has worked with the U.S. Congress, the Vatican, and the United Nations on issues of theology, globalization, migration, and refugees.

Redfern Reopens!

To understand the importance of the Redfern Cornerstone Community Center in a tight-knit community of Far Rockaway, start by asking its youngest residents.

Six-year-old Karina will tell you that she liked how Redfern was a place she could “meet new people and make new friends.”

Second-grader Deniya “really liked all of the trips we went on, going outside, and playing games.”

As a Cornerstone program, the center was also important to parents, who knew the Center as a place their kids would find a safe, enriching environment after school and during the summers; and to community members of all ages who looked to the Center for a fun, safe place to come together.

So when the center closed abruptly last March, parents, children, and community members alike were shocked and upset. Continue reading

Roger Altman Honored at The Child Center Annual Gala

Roger Altman Honored at The Child Center GalaIsrael Cortez, whose two children attended our Head Start programs, was a special guest and speaker at The Child Center’s annual gala, held in Manhattan on April 23.

He told guests that our program not only helped his kids, but also helped him be a better parent who was more involved with his kids’ lives at home and at school.

“Without The Child Center’s coaching, I don’t think I would have had the confidence to be that kind of dad,” Cortez said.

Roger Altman, was the gala’s honoree and David Faber of CNBC was master of ceremonies.

The highlight of the evening came when Head Start alumnus Sergio, age 5, his sister, and mother Delia, presented Altman with his award. Step dancers from PS 223 performed an original piece called “Hopes for the Future.”

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