Preparing for 21st Century Jobs

21st Century Jobs“All the boys wanted to build websites about sneakers and basketball,” laughs Adrianna Rodriguez, a youth counselor and tech whiz, who recently taught a class on computer coding at our Parsons Beacon Center.

While sneakers might have gotten the kids interested in making a website, only hard work made it happen. “Coding really
taught them attention to detail,” said Adrianna, an undergraduate at Devry University, who grew up in Jamaica, Queens. “If one line was messed up, the whole thing wouldn’t work.”

Seeing the end result got them hooked.  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.”

Going Straight to the Top

Straight to the TopQ: How do you get to CBS Studios?
A: Start your own YouTube channel.

That was the advice from CBS staff to students in the service-learning program at August Martin High School, who recently toured the studios.

“They suggested that students interested in a career in broadcasting create commentaries on the news, and make PSAs,” says program director Brian Davis. Continue reading

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